My first blog post as a HASTAC scholar must begin with a confession. I applied to be a HASTAC Scholar because I want this community's help. You better start the interrogation.
Who are you?
Oh, that’s an easy one. I am a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) and a student in his last year in the Learning Science and Policy program in the School of Education. There I’ve had the opportunity to investigate two different educational badge systems.
What’s an educational badge?
Another great question, but I bet others here already know the answer. Leading scholars and innovators, including Cathy Davidson, have already written eloquently about them. You can check out her post, Mozilla’s Open Badge Project, and this year’s Digital Media and Learning (DML) competition – you can even find my name as one of the competition’s winners.
Why do you need help?
Ok, I’ll get to the point. If there is anything I’ve concluded about Badges already, it’s that they can mean many different things to many different people. It’s sometimes hard to even have discussions about them because so many people have different suppositions and beliefs about what badges are and how they can help.
Stop stalling and get to the point!
Whoa, this is a serious crowd. But that’s what I want. I want this community to give me serious feedback about what they think badges mean. Specifically, I want feedback on my badge research and what it could mean to any of you, even if you aren’t interested in Educational Badges.
You just want feedback. That’s easy, we ‘ve got tons of insightful commentary raring to go.
I hope it’s easy, but I think Educational Badges are deceptively complex and might require some deep thinking and lengthy dialog. But I like your confidence.
What’s the first step?
In the coming weeks, I’m going to blog about my different research studies and invite commentary. I hope you know that no comment is too succinct or off-topic. I’m craving a dialog and I think this community can provide it.
This is a pretty strange first blog entry. Are all of your posts going to be this schizophrenic?
Only one way to find out. ;)