Designing and Developing a Program to Promote the BYU Aims

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Brigham Young University - Provo

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Christensen, Kimberly Dawn Nielson
Brigham Young University - Provo
character education; college students; self-directed learning; Educational Psychology
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This paper details the design and development of a self-directed character education program based on the Aims of a BYU Education. Specifically, the program was intended to meet the following objectives: (a) increase student awareness of the BYU Aims, (b) provide opportunities for students to recognize and understand principles of good character, (c) engage students in enriching application of character values, and (d) lay the foundation for lifelong learning, service, and good character. The design process followed a modified systematic approach and resulted with a pilot trial of the BYU Aims Program. The selection of design model, preliminary analyses, and formative evaluation appear to have particularly contributed to the success of the pilot. While participant feedback did suggest that involvement in the pilot helped participants meet the intended objectives, the program suffered a high participant attrition rate over the course of pilot. Participant feedback also suggested that modifications to program delivery, interface, and duration and requirements of challenge activities would be necessary to improve or maintain participant engagement in future iterations of the program.