This week, I was asked about badges and continuing education, specifically for programming that focuses on sustainable food systems. As a result, today's mini-collection focuses on the great work that Joanna Normoyle is doing at UC-Davis with the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SA&FS) undergraduate major that her team is designing a badge system to support. SA & FS is one of our Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition projects and is by far the most interesting badge system I know about being developed for higher ed. One reason is that SA&FS involves a lot of experiential education because a decent amount of their programming is by nature hands-on.
The SA&FS Learner Driven Badges Project
UC Davis' Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) will develop a model platform for validating experiential learning within formal institutional contexts at the undergraduate level. In creating a learner-driven, content-rich badge system, ASI will establish a new model for bridging learning in and out of the classroom, and enable learners to better communicate their skills and competencies to a broad audience.
Chronicle of Higher Education
How Badges Really Work in Higher Education
Using Badges to Quantify Learning Outcomes at UC Davis
Concept sketch of the UC Davis SA&FS badge system