The Baker Rodrigo Ocumpaugh Monitoring Protocol (formerly the Baker Rodrigo Observation Method Protocol) is a interval time sampling method first used in 2004 to studying engaged and disengaged behaviors among students using educational software. Since then, BROMP has gone through several revisions, including the development of new coding schemes. The introduction of the first BROMP training manual in 2012, sped the training process considerably. The new BROMP 2.0 Technical & Training Manual (Ocumpaugh et al., 2015), further formalizes the method, providing greater detail on constructs studied, techniques used, and reporting standards.

BROMP has now been demonstrated effective for a variety of applications. It has been used to study students from kindergarten to college. It has now been used both to train models of engagement for learning software (using Baker and Rodrigo’s methods for educational data mining), and it has been used to study engagement in non-technological classrooms (e.g., Godwin et al., 2013). BROMP observations are recorded using an application for the Android platform, known as the Human Affect Recording Tool or HART (see Ocumpaugh et al., 2015), which is available as a free download as part of the GIFT distribution from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

BROMP has also been adapted for use cross-culturally, a process which BROMP developers work with researchers who are native to a particular country in order to seed new coding schemes that are appropriate to that population.  In 2008, Rodrigo adapted BROMP for use in the Philippines, and in 2014 it was adapted for use in India. More recently, researchers in the UK have become certified, and current efforts are underway to secure funding for use in Mexico.

If you are interested in becoming a certified BROMP coder (or in finding a certified BROMP coder in your area), please contact me or Ryan Baker. We will be happy to speak with you further about this process. You may also be interested in looking at the official BROMP webpage.

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