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SIOP 2015: Schedule Planning for Big Data, Mobile, and Gamification

2015 April 20
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by Richard N. Landers

As in 201020112012, 2013, and 2014, I’ll be live-blogging the SIOP conference, which begins Thursday, April 23 and runs through Saturday, April 25.

2015 turns out to be a banner year for Big Data. You won’t be able to turn a corner without running into someone talking about Big Data, and I’ll be making an effort to attend most of them. Social media, gamification, mobile devices, and Mechanical Turk all make appearances too.

In general, coverage of technology has expanded dramatically this year. I attribute this primarily to the creation of a new “technology” category on the SIOP program, right up there aside selection, training, teamwork and other traditional I/O areas. It’s a great time to be an I/O!

This post contains a list of all the sessions that I interested in attending, which this year are generally focused on Big Data, mobile, gamification, and technology-enhanced assessment, with a few IGNITE sessions thrown in.  If you haven’t attended an IGNITE before, give it a try – it’s an experimental, more-exciting-than-most-presentations sort of format.  Barring any unexpected battery problems, my live blogging will be on Twitter, with a permanent record stored here.  This year’s conference is in historic Philadelphia, which to be honest is a welcome change from last year’s logistically challenging Honolulu.  I’m sure I’ll be changing my tune about that after a few Hawaii-less years though!

Conference events are generally from 7:30AM to 4:30PM Eastern time, so tune in to Twitter for the live coverage.

In the graphic below, the events that I am part of are colored red, and events I am planning to attend are marked with a purple bar. Things can change last minute though. If you contrast this with last year’s schedule, and even more so from the year prior, you’ll note the dramatic increase in tech-related events. If you’d like to meet up at any of them, or if you think I missed something that I should definitely attend, please let me know!

SIOP 2015 Calendar

Grade Predictor Add-in for Blackboard Learn

2015 April 1
by Richard N. Landers

Grade Predictor Screenshot

If you teach college classes like I do, around this time of year you begin to get an astonishing number of emails of the “Can I pass?” and “What do I need to get some arbitrary grade I’ve decided is a worthwhile goal?” variety. Although I’m happy to help these students feel better about their potential to succeed over the rest of the semester (or help them understand that they have waited way too long to start worrying about it now), it takes several minutes per student to run the calculations.

This semester, I realized that simply writing the code so that students could run these calculations themselves in Blackboard would take only about as much time as answering four or five such emails. So that’s what I did.

For this tool to be valuable, you will need a grading system based upon points.  If you have designed your course so that everything is graded on a 100% scale and weighted by importance, this code (as written) won’t help.

In addition to Blackboard, you should be able to use this code in any LMS that supports Javascript written by the instructor.  It definitely works on its own webpage, and it probably works in Canvas and others, but I don’t have access to anything other than Blackboard, so I have no way to test it. If you do get it working in another LMS, let me know!

Update: Code confirmed to work in both D2L and Moodle!

To use this code yourself:

  1. Create a new Item in Blackboard wherever you want the Predictor to appear.  Name it something meaningful (like “Grade Predictor”).
    New Blackboard Item
  2. Click on the HTML button in the item editor to pull up the raw code behind the item post. If you don’t see the HTML button, you might need to click the chevron button at the top right to display the advanced item editing tools (both circled in red below).
    HTML Button (and Chevrons)
  3. A window will pop up.  Copy/paste the code found by clicking this link into that window.
  4. Before you close that window, update the point total associated with “maxpoints” with the total number of points available in your course.  In the example below, there are 1000 total points in the course.  Change this number to whatever you want, but importantly, DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING ELSE.  Be very careful not to remove the semicolon; bad things will happen if you do.
    Update Code
  5. Click Update and then Submit to save your new Item.  If all went well, you will see the predictor as a new entry in Blackboard.  Try it out!
  6. To ensure that students have enough information about their grades to use the tool, I recommend you have a Current Point Total column and a Current Percentage Grade column in Blackboard. This is easiest to manage if you use two Calculated Columns to maintain current grade estimates. Alternatively, you could force students to calculate their point totals and percentages on their own, but that’s just mean!

Top 20 Most Prolific Presenters at SIOP 2015

2015 March 11
by Richard N. Landers

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology is the primary organizational affiliation for industrial/organizational psychologists, and its annual conference has a substantial impact each year on the thinking and networking of the field.  So have you ever wondered who the most prolific presenters are each year?

Well I did. And not just because I thought I’d be on it! That’s very cynical of you! (Wait, was that out loud?)

This year, 2724 different people appear on the SIOP program. It’s huge! Who are the biggest influencers? The Top 20 appear below (because who can resist a listicle?), which are really 21, because there was an 8-way tie for 14th! If you don’t appear on the list, never fear – you can find your precise ranking and value as a human being by taking a look at the original data here.

And if it’s not blatantly obvious by now, I think judging yourself on rankings is a little silly. This is just for fun!

RankCountNameAffiliationMore Info
1st14Salas, EduardoUniversity of Central FloridaHis expertise includes helping organizations on how to foster teamwork, design and implement team training strategies, facilitate training effectiveness, manage decision making under stress, develop performance measurement tools, and design learning environments.
2nd13Ryan, Ann MarieMichigan State UniversityHer major research interests involve improving the quality and fairness of employee selection methods, and topics related to diversity and justice in the workplace.
3rd11Boyce, Anthony SAon Hewitt, Inc.In my research and development capacity, I have led the creation of more accurate, efficient, engaging, and globally relevant selection and assessment processes by using computerized adaptive testing methods, web-based job simulations, and media-rich item types.
4th10Joseph, DanaUniversity of Central FloridaHer research interests include emotions in the workplace, employee engagement, workplace deviance, and time and research methods.
10Wang, MoUniversity of FloridaHe specializes in research areas of retirement and older worker employment, expatriate and newcomer adjustment, occupational health psychology, leadership and team processes, and advanced quantitative methodologies.
6th9Carter, Nathan TUniversity of GeorgiaMy main area of research involves understanding the use of psychological measures in organizational settings.
9Dalal, Dev KUniversity of ConnecticutHis research interests include judgment and decision making, applications of measurement, item response theory, structural equation modeling, and research methods and design.
9Hebl, Michelle (Mikki)Rice UniversityMy research focuses on issues related to diversity and discrimination.  I am particularly interested in examining subtle ways in which discrimination is displayed, and how such displays might be remediated by individuals and/or organizations.
8Allen, Tammy DUniversity of South FloridaHer research centers on employee career development and employee well-being at both work and home. Specific interests include work-family issues, career development, mentoring relationships, organizational citizenship, mindfulness, and occupational health.  (Ed. I also hear she’s tam-tastic!)
9th8Burke, ShawnUniversity of Central FloridaC. Shawn Burke’s  expertise includes teams and their leadership, team adaptability, team training, measurement, evaluation, and team effectiveness.
8Cucina, Jeffrey MUS Customs and Border ProtectionThe man, the myth. (Ed. He didn’t really write that. He’s missing from the Internet! Like a ghost!)
8Kozlowski, Steve WMichigan State UniversityMy primary research interests focus on the processes by which individuals, teams, and organizations learn, develop, and adapt.
8Oswald, FredRice UniversityHis research and grants deal with personnel selection and testing in corporate, military and educational environments; more specifically, his wide array of publications and grants deal with the issues and findings related to developing, implementing, analyzing, interpreting and meta=analyzing various measures of individual differences (e.g., personality, ability, biodata, situational judgment).
14th7Behrend, Tara SThe George Washington UniversityHer research interests center around understanding and resolving barriers to computer-mediated work effectiveness, especially in the areas of training, recruitment, and selection.
7Dahling, JasonThe College of New JerseyHis research and teaching interests focus on applications of self-regulation research to understanding feedback processes, employee deviance, career development, and emotion management in the workplace.
7Fink, Alexis AIntel CorporationShe is currently leading the Talent Intelligence and Analytics team at Intel. Her team delivers insight that drives business results, including external talent marketplace analytics, and research across leadership, management and employee audiences.
7Hoffman, Brian JUniversity of GeorgiaMy primary research interest revolves around the person-perception domain and its application to the assessment of human performance.
7King, Eden BGeorge Mason UniversityDr. King is pursuing a program of research that seeks to guide the equitable and effective management of diverse organizations. Her research integrates organizational and social psychological theories in conceptualizing social stigma and the work-life interface.
7Kuncel, Nathan RUniversity of Minnesota, Twin CitiesHis specialities include the structure and prediction of academic and work performance and the predictive validity of standardized tests and non-cognitive predictors.
7Landers, Richard NOld Dominion UniversityHis research program focuses upon improving the use of Internet technologies in talent management, especially the measurement of knowledge, skills and abilities, the selection of employees using innovative technologies, and learning conducted via the Internet.
7Martinez, Larry RPennsylvania State UniversityHe specializes in stigmatization, prejudice, and discrimination across the spectrum of employment experiences (e.g., hiring, interviewing, conflict, turnover, climate, attitudes), particularly from the target’s perspective and the role of nonstigmatized allies in reducing discrimination.