New Resource: Digital Badges: An Annotated Research Bibliography

 

A new resource on the newly emerging field of badges and learning is now available on www.hastac.org. Digital Badges: An Annotated Research Bibliography, contains more than 160 entries and is the first resource of its kind on digital badges.This annotated research bibliography has been curated by Sheryl Grant, Director of Social Networking for the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition and PhD student at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, and annotated by Kristan E. Shawgo, HASTAC Special Projects Manager and Ci-BER Library Liaison and recent MSLS graduate from SILS at UNC-Chapel Hill. 
 
The bibliography provides an iterative and collaborative scholarly resource to organize the growing body of literature on digital badges, open badges and badge systems. It includes resources from the fields of education, learning sciences, library and information science, communications, sociology, and human-computer interaction -- and incorporates peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed articles, blog posts, news articles, white papers, videos, wikis and FAQs. HASTAC invites submissions of additional sources to expand the universe of knowledge about digital badges.
 
“In a very short time, there has been an explosion in the research, thinking, opinion, debate, design, and implementation of badges as an alternative method for identifying and validating the rich array of people’s skills, competencies, and accomplishments,” said Cathy N. Davidson, co-founder of HASTAC and co-director with David Theo Goldberg, Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), of the Digital Media and Learning Competitions. “This remarkable bibliography by Sheryl Grant and Kristan E. Shawgo is an important resource for helping all of us sort through this important conversation.  It’s the research tool we need right now, in order to guide new scholarship and implementation designs for assessments that are as complex as all the different ways we live and learn.” 
 
Digital badges illustrate the potential of new technologies to improve academic achievement, economic opportunity, and civic engagement. The MacArthur Foundation's Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, administered by HASTAC, supports badge system development for 30 grant recipients as well as research on digital badges (with additional support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).   These projects will be presented to the public at Democratic Futures: Mobilizing Voices, and Remixing Youth Participation, the fourth annual Digital Media and Learning Conference, March 14-16 in Chicago.   Each Badges for Lifelong Learning digital badge system is Open Badge-compliant, making the badges issued and earned portable across the web via Mozilla's Open Badges Infrastructure. Related research on digital badges is also conducted by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub located at UCHRI. 
 
This is intended to be a collaborative bibliography.  We welcome submissions. If you have sources or streams of literature you would like to add to this bibliography, please e-mail Kristan E. Shawgo at kristan (dot) shawgo (at) duke (dot) edu or Sheryl Grant at sheryl (dot) grant (at) duke (dot) edu. Please provide citation(s) in APA format. 
Myrna Rubel

digital badges

great resource for teachers and communties engaged in developing a program

Myrna