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Badges for Learning Research

Badges for Learning Research | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

What is the current state of research on recognition and accreditation systems for informal and interest-driven learning? In the Badges for Learning Research Collection, we explore some of the opportunities provided by employing badges and other assessment systems in learning communities, some of the dangers, and consider the pressing research questions that need to be addressed.


Over the last year, a  wide-ranging public conversation about potential future applications of badges and the place of badges in our learning ecosystem has captured the attention of educators, technology makers, and researchers. How can current and past research inform these debates?


What are the most important questions we need to raise about the effective design and deployment of badge and reputation systems? What empirical and theoretical research supports and informs the design, development, and deployment of digital badges and badge systems across a diverse range of learning content, institutions, and approaches? 

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grainnehamilton's curator insight, August 1, 2013 4:53 AM

Collection of posts focusing on thinking and questions around Open Badges.

EsdeGroot's curator insight, August 1, 2013 11:15 AM

Need to look into this. Interesting!

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Building the Badges for Lifelong Learning Movement | HASTAC

Building the Badges for Lifelong Learning Movement | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

An idea like Badges for Learning builds on the ideas of many people. It gets carried forward until it finds the right moment, the right conditions, and the right influencers who can give an idea traction. We can see flickers of the idea in Eva Baker’s End of Testing, and a case for badges in Philipp Schmidt’s peer to peer recognition. Paul Resnick was hinting at the need for portability of reputation in 2000, and of course Xbox launched achievements in 2002. James Gee and the MacArthur Foundation were talking about badges back in 2007, and Mozilla gotinterested in the badge portability piece in 2010. Not quite enough to launch badges into the stratosphere, but an auspicious start to a good idea.

 

Along came the Badges for Lifelong Learning initiative in 2011, which, thanks to the MacArthur Foundation, made the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition possible, and funded Mozilla to roll out its Open Badges Infrastructure. Our early collaborators included NASA, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Microsoft, Intel, Motorola, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, UC Davis, Department of Education, National Manufacturing Institute, Disney, the Smithsonian, the American Library Association and other big organizations that helped create an early badge ecosystem. 

 
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Get the Inside Scoop on How to Build a Badge System From the Badges for Lifelong Learning DML Competition Grantees | HASTAC

Get the Inside Scoop on How to Build a Badge System From the Badges for Lifelong Learning DML Competition Grantees | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
DML Competition's insight:

If you’re looking for information, advice, and lessons learned about designing, developing, and deploying badge systems, look no further than HASTAC’s new Project Q&A Interviews with the 30 Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition grantees. This is the most substantial information about badge system development to be published since the launch of the Competition two years ago.

 

Thirty rich, thorough grantee surveys convey the variety of experiences and insights of badge development and institutional adoption, offering all of us real-life examples of how to build badge system for a wide range of audiences and purposes: higher ed, professional development, museum programs, schools, veterans, workforce development, and anywhere, anytime learning environments.

 

Questions include:

 

What are the three most important things you would share with another organization just getting started?

What are the three main challenges to widespread adoption of your badge system for your organization?

What were your initial goals in building your badge system?

What are three things you learned about badge system design?

What would you do differently if you were to start over?

 

To read the Q&As, visit HASTAC’s Digital Badges page.

 

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Understanding Motivation in Badge System Design

Understanding Motivation in Badge System Design | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Following up on a DML webinar session from a few months ago led by guest speaker, Judd Antin, UEX research at Facebook, formerly with Yahoo Research, on the topic of motivation in online environments, we thought we’d distill his key points into how they inform designing a badge system. 

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Website recognizes military skills with digital badges | Inside Higher Ed | Paul Fain

Website recognizes military skills with digital badges | Inside Higher Ed | Paul Fain | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

It can be difficult for veterans to explain the skills and training they received in the military to potential employers. A new website attempts to bridge that gap by giving veterans digital “badges” that recognize their skills.

 

When it goes live next month, BadgesforVets.org will be a résumé translation and job search service. The extensive project, which includes badges representing training in more than 1,000 military jobs, is also a particularly promising foray into digital badging -- a much-hyped, although still nascent, form of alternative credentialing that could conceivably undermine higher education's role as a primary way of signaling skills to employers.



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Playing Badge Bingo at MozFest | HASTAC

Playing Badge Bingo at MozFest | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Cathy Davidson and I are in London this weekend to particpate in the2012 Mozilla Festival. It kicked off tonight with a Science Fair, I posted photos on Flickr (slideshow at left).

Tomorrow as I attend sessions I will try to live-tweet and/or blog about them as much as I can. The challenge is finding time to digest and share the information while we're all immersed in this experience of intense learning and connection for 8-12 hours a day. 

Watch for tweets from me at @HASTAC, and from everyone here with the#Mozfest hashtag. Also, you can watch my progress in the conference-wide game of Badge Bingo, which is a great way to highlight the uses of digital badges and Mozilla's Open Badges Infrastructure. Here's my bingo card so far, click it to see the live version:

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What ‘Learning the Future Together’ Means: HASTAC’s Weekend of MOOCs, Badges, and Lady Gaga | HASTAC

What ‘Learning the Future Together’ Means: HASTAC’s Weekend of MOOCs, Badges, and Lady Gaga | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

On November 4, badges made their way, also into the New York Times in a big way with "Show Me Your Badge," a long article that talks about the badges movement and alludes to our HASTAC/MacArthur/Gates/Mozilla “Badges for Lifelong Learning” project this year.     Here's my favorite part of the Badges article, a wonderful tribute to Mozilla and its open source commitments in the world:

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Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Grantee Update | Sunny Lee

Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Grantee Update | Sunny Lee | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Now that the emotional highs and lows of the competition and conference are behind us and the dust has settled, the winning grantee teams are getting to work on building out their badge systems or badge platforms and we at Mozilla in conjunction with HASTAC and MacArthur are ensuring that the teams have the support and guidance they need to successfully do so.

As part of this effort, Sheryl Grant from HASTAC and I conducted a round of outreach conversations with each of the winning grantee teams. Coordination with 30 winning grantee teams, frequently comprised of multiple team members, traversing different timezones was no trivial task, but it was well worth our time and energy.

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Badges for Lifelong Learning | HASTAC

Badges for Lifelong Learning | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

HASTAC's new Badges group is open to all. Start a forum, create a poll, meet up with others who are talking about badges, badges, badges.

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Badges, Game-Based Learning, and The Source ARG | HASTAC

Badges, Game-Based Learning, and The Source ARG | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
From July through August 2013, the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab is running an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) called The Source for over 140 high school youth on the South Side of Chicago. The game deals with ...
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DML Badges Webinars | HASTAC

DML Badges Webinars | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
The Badges for Lifelong Learning community meets regularly to talk about badges, learning, and the way forward. Join the conversation about Badges by tuning in to this archived series of Webinars by experts and new advocates on effective ...
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Friday badges wrap-up

Two weeks ago (Jan 24-25) the Open Badges team attended the final face to face meeting for the Digital Media and Learning (DML) competition’s funded winners. What a fantastic event: thanks to UCHRI for hosting and all of HASTAC for helping to make it happen. The funded winners presented to one of three expert panels, and if they chose to, each other. The panels were comprised of a learning content expert, a design expert and a marketing and communications expert. We coordinated this combination so that the grantees would have an opportunity to think through their badge systems in new ways since the last face to face meeting at Duke. Charles Perry from MentorMob (a DML funded winner working with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago) has written up a terrific recap of the event. And our own Jess Klein, who acted as a design expert on one of the panels wrote up a list of her top 5 feedback points for badge design. They are both definitely worth reading.

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Friday badges wrap up

A quick post to keep folks up to date on what's been going on with Webmaker Badges + a few other things—starting with a quick catch-up post from the previous week. (And yes, I know it's not Friday....
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Recognizing, Supporting, and Attracting Adult Learners with Digital Badges | Dan Hickey

Recognizing, Supporting, and Attracting Adult Learners with Digital Badges | Dan Hickey | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

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. When used appropriately, digital badges contain and present compelling evidence of learning and accomplishment. Students will naturally want to share their badges and the information they contain with their friends and colleagues via social networks, Twitter, or even email. This sharing should help programs and schools connect with previously untapped prospective students. In particular, the sharing of digital badges can help specialized programs gain recognition within whatever networks are associated with that specialization. When done right, this sharing should help busy adults who are not actively considering further education to see the value of a particular program.

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#Openbadges at #MozFest, surfacing and rewarding contribution in an online community

#Openbadges at #MozFest, surfacing and rewarding contribution in an online community | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

I had been asked to contribute to the session on open badges and to share my perspective on them. The session was split into yack and hack – a chance to discuss where open badges could fit and then to work on designing a badge, expressing the behaviours we would want it to promote and developing the criteria for it. The session provided a chance to reflect on the work we are doing at the JISC RSC Scotland with issuing open badges for our online courses and to consider scenarios where open badges could add value. One of the key areas the group I was working with felt was worth exploring, was how to recognise the contributions of individuals to an online community.

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Asking Questions About Badges in Higher Ed | HASTAC

Asking Questions About Badges in Higher Ed | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Amy McQuigge’s prompt How can colleges and universities use badges? is a lot more slope of enlightenment and a little less peak of inflated expectations when it comes to badges in higher ed (Looking at you, major media sources.)

The disruptive potential of badges in higher ed makes for compelling headlines, but the real nuts-and-bolts innovation is happening on the ground. I thought I would contribute something to Amy’s question by taking a look at the variety of badge systems being designed for colleges and universities.

By higher ed, I mean universities and colleges as institutions, not only a place where students take classes. In the major news articles, badges are often tossed in the ring with grades, degrees, and credentials, but there are multiple layers of learning going on in higher ed, and that makes universities an interesting sandbox for innovative badge systems. (Cathy Davidson’s Fast Company series on Changing Higher Education to Change the World is a good primer to learn more about innovative ways to think about learning in higher ed.)

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'Digital Badges' Would Represent Students' Skill Acquisition

'Digital Badges' Would Represent Students' Skill Acquisition | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

MOUSE, which operates in 400 sites across the nation, has been experimenting with awarding digital badges for the past two years, says Lesser. So far, the organization has awarded more than 19,000 digital badges for a range of activities, including interacting with other students in MOUSE on its social-networking website; taking care of schools' IT tickets, or requests for technical help; completing workshops; and mastering technical skills such as networking or programming languages like HTML.

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Why Badges Work Better Than Grades | HASTAC

Why Badges Work Better Than Grades | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

What are badges? First, a badge is a recognized visual (physical or virtual) device or ornament or (heaven forbid!) piece of jewelry that typically designates in its design the symbol, insignia, colors, or name of the organization conferring it. That's important. That is, the very design of the badge acknolwedges the issuing body or community that has, collectively, agreed upon what counts as the minimum requirement for the badge.

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