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And four ways it hinders it. Here, we consider the evidence on both sides.
Kate Coleman's insight:
love this bit.. Job engagement. Workers who are committed to a company are logically more likely to pursue ideas for improving it. One way to enhance this employee engagement may be by providing the type of flexible work arrangements facilitated by digital technology—such as telecommuting. Indeed, research released earlier this year suggests that some people who work from home can be measurably more productive than those who go into the office.
The following summary describes the content of the second lab session in English, on badges and learning. This lab was held on November 20, 2014. The third lab session will start at 1:30 p.m. EST/UTC-5 (18:30 UTC) on December 11.
Vitrine technologie-éducation has organized two labs on the use of badges in learning contexts. This lab in English focuses on informal learning while a French one revolves around educational institutions. Each lab involves a set of three online meeting sessions between which participants are encouraged to engage in diverse activities.
This post begins "The common understanding is that if students work hard in school they earn "A’s." For many however, there is a much straighter route to that "A." Some of the most creative learners are able to figure out what the course expectations are and do the minimum to meet them, and get the grade they want."
What happens to students that are bored with the curriculum? What would happen if we moved away from grades, and replaced them with badges? It turns out that there is evidence from a July 2012 report called "Do Schools Challenge Our Students?"
This report states "Many schools are not challenging students and large percentages of students report that their work is 'too easy.'"
The post also provides some statistical information.
The final portion looks at badges vs grades. It notes that switching from "traditional letter grades or percentage grades to badges signifying achievement could open up many possibilities for a more fine-grained tracking of student progress, address some of the criticisms regarding schools not teaching concrete skills, and motivate students to learn" (with additional information also included). As the Common Core becomes a driving force behind public education it will be interesting to see how the issue of badges vs grades play out.
Associations Now What Digital Badging Teaches About Consistent Standards Associations Now What if, instead of simply earning accreditation, we could tell people through a digital badge exactly what that credential denotes?
Christine Chow and Nate Otto Open Badges allow new practices of interacting with personal credentials. Students who are new to badges may also be new to using traditional credentials to present the...
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The more I dig into open badges the more interested in I am int he value and trust of the badge. This article prompted some thoughts I have on another project I work on with portfolios for self efficacy in the Medical Sciences. If we do not have explicit interventions and discussions with learners around career development learning and self presentation and curation we will fail with badges just as we've had issues with the portfolios. Value and trust are inherent when they are clearly understood and made relevant by all stakeholders.
Badges. Recognize achievements and foster community engagement. For life. Where, how and when we learn is changing dramatically, and how we get recognized for what we learn is now changing, too. Our BadgeOS™ system is at the forefront of this […]
Learning scientists at the University of Notre Dame have found a sweet spot in the pairing of digital badges and eportfolios: the perfect opportunity for students to showcase learning achievements not normally featured in traditional transcripts and student records.
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