EDUCATOR GUIDE

This guide is intended for training professionals responsible for implementing the Research Security Curriculum developed by the National Science Foundation. 

Course Overview

This course covers the core values that underpin the U.S. research ecosystem, including openness and transparency, accountability, honesty, impartiality and objectivity, respect, freedom of inquiry, reciprocity, merit-based competition, and stewardship. Students will gain an understanding of the history, relevance, and application of these values, as well as the responsibilities of researchers to uphold them.

In addition, students will learn about the evolution of the core values and federal and institutional policies and processes designed to uphold them. They will develop skills in identifying how these values are applied in research settings and recognizing scenarios in which they have or may have been compromised.

Overall, this course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of these core values’ importance and their role in promoting integrity and advancing the U.S. research ecosystem.

It is organized into 4 Modules:

Module 1 : Title : Duration

Module 2 : Title : Duration

Module 3 : Title : Duration

Module 4 : Title : Duration

Relationship to other NSF Research Security Training Courses

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Course/Session Objectives

Objective 1

Objective 2

Objective 3

Objective 4

Post Course Evaluation

Kirkpatrick’s 4 levels of evaluation provide organizations with a comprehensive framework for assessing the effectiveness of this educational program.  The four levels include measuring:

  • Learner reactions to the training
  • How effective was learning
  • Did the training change behaviors, and
  • Measure positive results

This evaluation model can help educators identify areas of improvement and make necessary adjustments to ensure that the educational program or training course is meeting its objectives. By using this framework, educators can also demonstrate the value and impact of their teaching to stakeholders, such as students, administrators, and funding agencies.

In your toolkit, you will find sample evaluation questions that you can utilize in your Learning Management System (LMS).

Kirkpatrick’s level 1 evaluation measures learners’ reactions and satisfaction with the educational program or training course. This level of evaluation helps educators gather valuable feedback from learners on the quality and relevance of the program or course content, delivery methods, and overall learning experience.

This information can be used to improve the educational program or training course and ensure that learners’ needs and expectations are met. Level 1 evaluation also provides valuable insights into learners’ attitudes towards the educational program or training course, which can impact their motivation to learn and the extent to which they engage with the material.

Ultimately, a positive level 1 evaluation can help to create a supportive and engaging learning environment, which can lead to greater learning outcomes at higher levels of evaluation.

Examples of Kirkpatrick’s Level 1 evaluation questions:

  1. How would you rate the overall quality of the course materials?
  2. How engaging and interactive was the course content?
  3. Did the course meet your expectations?
  4. How relevant was the course content to your job or personal development goals?
  5. Were the learning objectives clearly communicated?
  6. How effective was the instructor in delivering the course content?
  7. Was the pace of the course appropriate?
  8. Was the course duration appropriate?
  9. Were the learning activities challenging and thought-provoking?
  10. Would you recommend this course to others?

Kirkpatrick’s level 2 evaluation is important because it measures learners’ knowledge acquisition and retention as a result of the educational program or training course.

This level of evaluation helps educators determine whether the course content was effectively delivered and if learners have mastered the desired knowledge and skills. Level 2 evaluation is essential for ensuring that learners have a strong foundation and understanding of the material, which can lead to better performance and outcomes in the workplace.

Additionally, this level of evaluation provides valuable feedback that can be used to improve the course content and delivery methods to enhance learners’ understanding and retention of the material.

We will use both Formative and Summative assessments Multiple Choice, True/False, Matching, and case studies to measure the acquisition and retention of learning. 

Formative assessment will be contained in the elearning learning file. Summative assessment will be delivered to you in the form of GIFT and Aiken questions suitable for loading in your LMS.

Kirkpatrick’s level 3 evaluation is important because it measures the extent to which learners apply what they have learned in the educational program or training course in their workplace or daily life. This level of evaluation helps educators determine whether the course content has been effectively transferred into practice and whether learners have developed the desired behaviors or competencies.

Level 3 evaluation is essential for ensuring that learners can apply their new knowledge and skills in real-world situations, which can lead to better performance and outcomes in the workplace. Additionally, this level of evaluation provides valuable feedback that can be used to improve the course content and delivery methods to enhance learners’ ability to apply what they have learned.

Examples of Kirkpatrick’s Level 3 evaluation questions:

  1. Have you used any of the skills or knowledge learned in this course in your job? Please provide examples.
  2. How has the course helped you improve your job performance?
  3. What specific changes have you made in your work as a result of the course?
  4. How have you applied the course material to solve problems or make decisions in your job?
  5. Have you shared any of the knowledge or skills learned in this course with colleagues? Please describe.
  6. How has the course helped you achieve your personal or professional goals?
  7. How has the course impacted your ability to work collaboratively with others?
  8. Have you received any feedback from your supervisor or colleagues regarding your improved performance since taking the course?
  9. What obstacles have you encountered in applying the course material in your job, and how have you overcome them?
  10. What additional support or resources would help you better apply the course material in your job?

Kirkpatrick’s level 4 evaluation is important because it measures the impact of the educational program or training course on the organization or society as a whole. Level 4 evaluation focuses on evaluating the results or outcomes of the educational program or training course, such as increased productivity, improved quality, reduced costs, or other measurable benefits.

This level of evaluation allows educators to demonstrate the value of their educational program or training course to stakeholders, including senior leaders, shareholders, and funding agencies. Level 4 evaluation also provides valuable feedback that can be used to improve future educational programs or training courses and helps to ensure that they are aligned with organizational or societal goals.

Examples Include:

  1. What is the return on investment (ROI) of the educational program or training course?
  2. How has the educational program or training course contributed to the organization’s overall goals and objectives?
  3. What measurable improvements in performance or productivity have been observed since the implementation of the educational program or training course?
  4. How has the educational program or training course impacted customer satisfaction or retention?
  5. What cost savings have been realized as a result of the educational program or training course?
  6. How has the educational program or training course contributed to the organization’s ability to meet regulatory requirements or industry standards?
  7. How has the educational program or training course impacted the organization’s ability to attract and retain talent?
  8. How has the educational program or training course contributed to the organization’s competitive advantage in the marketplace?
  9. What impact has the educational program or training course had on the wider community or society?
  10. How has the educational program or training course supported the organization’s commitment to corporate social responsibility?

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