Digital Badges: Recognizing, Assessing, and Motivating Learners In and Out of School Contexts

Digital Badges: Recognizing, Assessing, and Motivating Learners In and Out of School Contexts

This week my third column as Multiliteracies Department Editor for JAAL was published. The column, titled Digital Badges: Recognizing, Assessing, and Motivating Learners In and Out of School Contexts provides an overview of digital and open badges in teaching, learning, and assessment.

Digital badges are web-enabled tokens of accomplishment that contain specific claims and evidence about learning and achievement along with detailed evidence supporting those claims. Badges traditionally consist of an image and relevant metadata (e.g., badge name, description, criteria, issuer, evidence, date issued, standards, and tags).

This column features findings from recent research examining the design principles for open digital badges that emerged across the 30 organizations awarded grants to develop badge content in the 2012 Badges for Lifelong Learning Initiative. The column focuses on the principles identified in the research (recognition, assessment, and motivation) on one student in the MOUSE outreach program. Results provide guidance for educators in and out of traditional learning contexts.

We uploaded a pre-publication draft of the column to allow for review, remix, and commentary. Please click here for the Google Doc, or review below.

As a multimodal supplement to the column I assembled a group of experts and asked them four questions each about the column. You can review the videos below, and click through to learn more about each of the interviews.

Four Questions for Daniel Hickey and James Willis

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.

Four Questions for Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser is the Senior Director of Learning Design at MOUSE. Please review the following Storify piece Marc published about the MOUSE badging ecosystem.

Four Questions for Kyle Bowen

Kyle Bowen is the Director of Education Technology at Penn State. You can review more of his content at classhack.com.

Four Questions for Katerina Schenke

Katerina Schenke is a graduate student at the University of California, Irvine, California. You can read more of her work at her website.

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10 Comments Digital Badges: Recognizing, Assessing, and Motivating Learners In and Out of School Contexts

  1. wiobyrne

    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 Kyle Bowen
    Kyle Bowen is the Director of Education Technology at Penn State. You can review more of his content at classhack.com.

    1. How do 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?4. What possibilities do you see in digital badges in higher education…how do you think higher education should be using badges with their students?
     
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  2. wiobyrne

    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?

    4. What challenges and opportunities exist as we use digital badges in teaching and learning?
     
     
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  3. wiobyrne

    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 Marc Lesser
    Marc Lesser is the Senior Director of Learning Design at MOUSE. Please review the following Storify piece Marc published about the MOUSE badging ecosystem.

    1. How would you describe/define digital badges?2. Please explain MOUSE, and the various iterations of MOUSE.3. How do badges, and the badging ecosystem support and modify the goals, objectives, and ethos of MOUSE?4. How did the badging ecosystem at MOUSE begin….and what considerations did “you” have while planning, issuing, and iterating on badges? AKA…what advice do you have for others as they consider their own badges and ecosystem?
     
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  4. John Arul Phillips

    Great information. New to digital badges and in the process of bringing it to the attention of educational planners in my country

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