OLDS-MOOC badging strategy OLDS-MOOC Badging strategy Overview The OLDS-MOOC project team anticipates that the introduction of badging into the OLDS-MOOC will have a three-fold impact. Are badges useful in education?: It depends upon the type of badge and expertise of learner Samuel Abramovich, Christian Schunn, and Ross Mitsuo Higashi have published a new article about learner motivation and badges at Educational Technology Research and Development: Abstract: Educational Badges are touted as an alternative assessment that can increase learner motivation. We considered two distinct models for educational badges; merit badges and videogame achievements. To begin unpacking the relationship between badges and motivation, we conducted a study using badges within an intelligent-tutor system for teaching applied mathematics to middle-school students.
Changemaker Showcase >> An Initiative of Ashoka Canada » Changemaker Challenge The Changemaker Challenge (Le Défi Change ton monde) is a national campaign to inspire and support social innovation among students. Whether you have the beginnings of an idea or a full-fledged project, we want to help you share your story and create the next chapter. We believe real impact takes community. For this year’s challenge, we invite you to launch campaigns to crowdsource or crowdfund. Turn to your networks.
MOOC Badging and the Learning Arc By Simon Cross and Rebecca Galley In a recent blog post Rebecca Galley introduced the OLDS-MOOC Badging Strategy and the nine badges that will be associated with the MOOC. The first part of the post expands on some of our thinking behind the strategy by using a pictorial representation to explain the place of the badges in the course. This is predicated on (a) the idea that a course, just like a novel, a movie or a video game, contains a broad central 'story arc' - a 'learning arc' or journey with a start (beginning of course) and an end, and (b) the idea that there are different types of badge that have different relationships with this learning arc. The second part reflects some of our initial critical consideration of what the roles and benefits of badges may be.
Good Badges, Evil Badges? An Empirical Inquiry into the Impact of Badge Design on Goal Orientation and Learning There has been a lively debate recently among members of the badges community about the impact of badges on people’s motivation. Some are concerned that badges might stifle students’ intrinsic motivation and cause them to be more focused on winning new badges than on the work they are doing. Others support the use of badges, considering them superior to grades for evaluating student performance (Openbadges List, 2012). Evidencing Employability Skills with Open Badges Concerns, Possible Solutions, Paradigm Shifts and Key Findings There was focused and lively discussion at the Open Badges: Ways to Evidence Employability event I co-facilitated at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) this week. Alongside Tom Caira, Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for Computing and Frances Rowan, Stakeholder Manager (Careers and Employability Service) from UWS, we brought together over 50 technology employers (Directors from multinational and local companies), students, educators and members of the Open Badges in Scottish Education Group (OBSEG) to consider if Open Badges could provide a useful way of highlighting employability skills and attributes employers are looking for. Commencing with an ice-breaker activity we split into groups and asked students to say what attributes they thought employers might look for in potential employees, then employers commented on what they are looking for. Concerns
4 Benefits To Using Badges In Online Learning There are several benefits to using badges in an online class. Among these are greater autonomy for students, greater levels of feedback, and a variety of assignments. Students also enjoy the ability to try again if they don't succeed at first and the badge graphics they receive once they earn the badge. Several years ago I learned about gamification and started thinking about how I could apply this to my online courses. I decided that using badges would be a good way to introduce these ideas into my classes and began an experiment. As a result I discovered several benefits to using badges which I would like to share with you.
Connecting Badges and Expertise in Interest-Driven Affinity Spaces As stated in the call for the 4th Annual Digital Media and Learning (DML) competition (Badges for Lifelong Learning), digital badges present an opportunity to design new systems in which “achievements are inspired, recognized, translated across contexts, and displayed and managed across the web.” Already, it seems clear that the employment of effective badging systems could represent a critical focus for future digital media and learning innovation. In particular, badges can serve as both inspiration for future learning in informal learning environments, and as recognition of expertise in ways that are not easily captured with traditional means of assessment. And yet, as Halavais (2012) argues, "badging" necessitates ethical considerations; it is critical to understand how these systems have salience and are contested within the learning communities they serve. Method
Course: BadgeMOOC: Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials Courses, credits, certificates, credentials -- will badges be added to this list as professionally valued ''currency''? A badge is a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, competency or interest. Badges provide evidence of learning that happens in and beyond the classroom. Badges give prospective employers, professional groups, community groups, schools, collaborators and other learners a more complete picture of knowledge, skills and abilities. Please join WCET, the Mozilla Foundation, Blackboard, Inc., and Sage Road Solutions LLC – and an array of influencers from education, business/industry, government, veterans’ affairs, accreditation and key foundations – for this 6-week, interactive, Open Online Course exploring badges as the emerging currency of exchange for creating high value post-secondary and professional credentials.
Recognizing, Supporting, and Attracting Adult Learners with Digital Badges Recognizing, Supporting, and Attracting Adult Learners with Digital Badges Through the natural capacity to share digital badges through social media and other online tools, higher education institutions will have the opportunity to reach a wider range of students than they otherwise would and show prospective students real-world learning outcomes simultaneously. Shifting demographics and workplaces create new needs for non-traditional adult learners. Two responses to these changes have been online learning and certificates. The use of digital badges is another response to these needs that is full of potential. Digital badges offer new ways to recognize and support learning. This means that they also offer new ways of attracting students.
Design-based Research Project: Who Built America? Teacher Mastery Badge System HASTAC’s Digital Media and Learning Teacher Mastery award provides an opportunity to develop solutions for two commutual challenges in online teacher professional development (oTPD). First, to create a sustainable online program that helps teachers learn new methods of promoting student inquiry and the practice of Common Core literacy skills, and that provides them with usable classroom materials. Second, to design a system of personally and publicly meaningful badges that reflect teachers’ professional growth and that contribute to the development of the online community by fostering collaboration and mentorship. Design Principles Documentation Project Design for America (DFA): A Badge Community for Innovation Design for America (DFA) is an interdisciplinary network of university students and community members. The project aims to create local and social impact by using the needs of the community members to guide design and interaction within the system.
Looking to 2015: Digital Badging for the 21st Century - Looking to 2015: Digital Badging for the 21st Century Who would have guessed that a cute, pixelated graphic—earned after completing a level in a popular video game—ever could evolve into a symbol of someone’s career potential? Yet, the use of badges for communicating skills has transcended games and now has a real impact on education and the workforce. Credit based on achievements is nothing new and while not confined to digital platforms, the use of digital technologies for the promotion of these achievements is now more prominent than ever. The Boy Scouts, for instance, have been sporting their patches on their sashes to recognize achievements and encourage a positive team atmosphere since the early 1900s. Now, digitally represent those achievements and new opportunities abound.
Digital Badges in Education: a quick overview Note: about a year ago Zack, myself, and a few other colleagues were asked to write a short, basic internal summary about badges in higher education. I realized that none of us had ever put it online. So here it is. What is a Badge? A badge is a digital symbol that signifies concrete evidence of accomplishments, skills, qualities, or participation in experiences (Educause, 2012).