What is the current state of research on recognition and accreditation systems for informal and interest-driven learning? In the Badges for Learning Research Collection, we explore some of the opportunities provided by employing badges and other assessment systems in learning communities, some of the dangers, and consider the pressing research questions that need to be addressed. Over the last year, a wide-ranging public conversation about potential future applications of badges and the place of badges in our learning ecosystem has captured the attention of educators, technology makers, and researchers. How can current and past research inform these debates? What are the most important questions we need to raise about the effective design and deployment of badge and reputation systems? What empirical and theoretical research supports and informs the design, development, and deployment of digital badges and badge systems across a diverse range of learning content, institutions, and approaches?
I pulled together some additional resources for folks attending the Advancing Learning 2014 conference at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. To make it easy for people to dig deeper into some of the resources I mention during my presentation, I've pulled them together and posted them here. Feel free to post any question, comments, or additional resources related to badges in higher ed.
Michael Olneck, professor of educational policy studies and sociology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, shared his paper Insurgent Credentials: A Challenge to Established Institutions of Higher Educat
As digital badges spread, I find myself spending more and more time responding to people's requests for information about them. Each of these requests has a specific context -- for example "teacher education and research" or "mixed methods research, assessment, and psychometrics." Every time I send off a collection of resources, it seems like that information might be useful to a wider audience. So as these requests come in, I'll start sharing what I collect and post these mini-collections on HASTAC in case they're useful to others.
Badge systems, like other sociotechnical systems, are ways of building order in our world – but for now, at the early stages of design and development, we’re in an innovation free-for-fall, which can be both exciting and daunting to newcomers. To build out the badge ecosystem, it’s important that we create a full library of toolkits, templates, and other signposts to guide people.
How are digital badges helping a wide range of learners recognize new pathways to academic & economic opportunities? Throughout September, we invite you to participate in a series of webinars and Twitter chats that will explore how digital badges are helping a wide range of learne
Digital Media and Learning Research Competition on Badging and Badge Systems applicants were asked to submit proposals for empirical and theoretical research that support and inform the design, development, and deployment of digital badges and badge systems across a diverse range of learning content, institutions, and approaches, including the Gates Foundation supported Project Mastery Sites, as well as research focused on the efficacy of Te
This annotated bibliography is a first step toward organizing literature about digital badges, open badges and badge systems. This domain involves multiple streams of literature from education, learning sciences, library and information science, reputation systems, and systems design. The bibliography includes peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed articles, blog posts, news articles, white papers, videos, wikis and FAQs. We acknowledge that digital badges are an emerging topic and we have attempted to include a full spectrum of viewpoints. In light of this, we have chosen to provide descriptive rather than evaluative annotations.
At the 2013 Digital Media and Learning Conference, Connie Yowell and Cathy Davidson particpated in a panel reflecting on badges for lifelong learning and the fourth Digital Media and Learning Competition. Below you can see a video of both of their remarks, and we have also included the presentation from Cathy's talk.
By any measure, the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition--our fourth Digital Media and Learning Competition--has been our most ambitious and most potentially transformative initiative.
As I mentioned some time ago during a Mozilla community conversation, when I first heard about badges in spring of 2011, my first reaction was “This is flaky.” That was just an instant reaction, with no content that I could really express. Recently, I mentioned the idea to a faculty colleague. She laughed heartily, and for quite a while. But, she could not articulate why she was laughing.
To view a full version of Michael Olneck's Insurgent Credentials: A Challenge to Established Institutions of Higher Education? Please click the document link below.
Olneck, M. (2012). Insurgent Credentials: A Challenge to Established Institutions of Higher Education. Paper presented to "Education in a New Society: The Growing Interpenetration of Education in Modern Life" at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 26-27, 2012.
Yesterday I was able to step off the Now You See It book tour to attend the launch of the fourth Digital Media and Learning Competition, focused on an ambitious topic this year and with an unusual structure: “Badges for Lifelong Learning.” (You can watch the archived event on the Hirshhorn Museum’s U-Stream channel here: http://hastac.org/DML-competition-launch) What makes this event stunning to think about is that it was emcee’d by Hari Sreenivasan, of the PBS NewsHour, and include
Amy McQuigge’s prompt How can colleges and universities use badges? is a lot more slope of enlightenment and a little less peak of inflated expectations when it comes to badges in higher ed (Looking at you, major media sources.)