This post aims to add the category of badge functions to other badge taxonomies like the one by Carla Casilli. It argues that the essential function of badging is to recognise or accredit learning; that assessment is probably supported; that badging is likely to improve motivation; and that there is a potential for evaulating and researching learning through badges. The extent to which motivation is supported seems to be the most contentious issue, though it's not clear whether the author thinks the value of badges stands or falls with this.
In data mining and data analytics, tools and techniques once confined to research laboratories are being adopted by forward-looking industries to generate business intelligence for improving decision making. Higher education institutions are beginning to use analytics for improving the services they provide and for increasing student grades and retention. The U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan, as one part of its model for 21st-century learning powered by technology, envisions ways of using data from online learning systems to improve instruction.
With analytics and data mining experiments in education starting to proliferate, sorting out fact from fiction and identifying research possibilities and practical applications are not easy. This issue brief is intended to help policymakers and administrators understand how analytics and data mining have been—and can be—applied for educational improvement.
"One of the questions about badges that came up seems like a crucial issue as we grapple with different ways of characterizing and describing badges. This post aims to add the category of badge functions to other badge taxonomies like the one by Carla Casilli."
"While there is some legitimate criticism of the random application of limited gamification elements in traditional educational settings, perhaps this is one possible exception to that rule. Considering a switch from traditional letter 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 criticism regarding schools not teaching concrete skills, and motivating students to learn."
This post covers work I have been doing recently on developing a badging system for the online courses we run at the JISC RSC Scotland, using the Mozilla Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI). The courses are not formally assessed or accredited so we only issue a Certificate of Completion for successful completion. Much of the course content is created by the learners and it also incorporates peer review so we do also issue a peer award.
We wanted to investigate ways to give the certificate and peer award more impact than just a piece of paper stuck in a drawer...
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