What if we lived in a world without grades? What if, instead of grades, students were able to earn badges for their achievements? As President and Co-Founder of ClassBadges, James Sanders asks, “what does our current grading system mean to a student? Grades are not tangible.” Well, Classbadges.com is his answer. Now, educators can have a one-stop shop to create, engage, and offer their students a place for tangible achievements. The badge movement was our topic atEducelerate III, and it looks like Classbadges is ready to get this party started.
More than eight in ten Americans ages 16-29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library. Many say they are reading more in the era of digital content, especially on their mobile phones and on computers.
What learning-related functions will your badges serve? All badges function to recognize learning; as such, most badging practices also function to assess learning. Existing learning systems tend to be organized around teaching rather than learning. This means that deciding what learning to recognize and how to assess that learning can be surprisingly challenging. Recognizing and assessing learning serves to motivate learning. But some of the motivational functions are likely to be unplanned and unintended. Additionally, badging practices offer (mostly unexplored) potential for evaluating and studying learning. Finally, these functions interact with each other in complex and unpredictable ways. These functions and their interactions are explored here.