The badge system Halavais created relied on a peer-review process in which certain students who had achieved a certain level of badge could approve other students' badges, says Rossi. All badges were sent to Halavais for final review.
"I'm pretty much an independent worker, so [this system] caused me to reach out, which was a little uncomfortable at first, but it was great once you broke the ice," says Rossi. "Everybody really enjoyed the interaction of reviewing and being reviewed."
And because the class was online, the setup helped spur collaboration and interactivity with his peers, creating a sense of community in lieu of a face-to-face classroom.
In addition, there were a variety of ways to earn an A for the course, allowing students to choose their own personalized course through the class. "It just expands your possibilities," Rossi says.