Our column on Digital Badges: Recognizing, Assessing, and Motivating Learners In and Out of School Contexts was just published in JAAL. I co-wrote the column with Katerina Schenke, James E. Willis, and Daniel Hickey.
As a supplement to the column, we invited a series of experts to spend some time discussing the broader impact of the details presented. The end result is a series of short video segments of the experts responding to a set of four questions about the column. You can review the video interview and four questions used at the bottom of this post.
Four Questions for Daniel Hickey and Kyle Bowen
Daniel Hickey is an Associate Professor and Program Head in Learning Sciences at Indiana University. You can read more at his blog, Re-mediating Assessment. James Willis is a research assistant at the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University.
1. How would you define digital badges?
2. How do you see badges affecting student motivation and engagement?
3. What value or connection did you see between digital badges and the “normal” or traditional assessments we find in classrooms?