Bridging Content and Community with Badges on the NSTA Learning Center | Badges for Lifelong Learning |

The incentive system we integrated into the Learning Center along with our community discussion forum in November of 2010 is helping to deepen engagement with these plentiful resources. The new capabilities of the discussion forum enable science teachers not just to consume content but to curate it based on their own expertise and interests and to progress through it in community with other learners. The new system includes over 40 initial badges and a series of points teachers may earn for various activities and online learning achievements. Teachers may earn points for simple, yet thoughtful community and learning activities such as diagnosing their learning needs using our PD Indexer tool, or aggregating personal digital resources and creating collections—coupling them with NSTA e-PD resources—to share with others online.