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Badge system design: New resources from the Design Principles Documentation (DPD) project

Badge system design: New resources from the Design Principles Documentation (DPD) project

The Design Principles Documentation (DPD) project has "captured the deep knowledge painstakingly built by the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition awardees." Last week, DPD published 8 new deep dives into how a project's badge practices evolved from conception to first implementation and formalization. 

These badge system analyses spell out how projects use different Design Principles, and how they connect badging practices across Recognizing, Assessing, Motivating, and Studying learning. If you haven't visited he DPD Project site, take a look. The following Badges for Lifelong Learning deep dives are now posted on the DPD site:

4H USDA Robotics Digital Badges
Intel and Society for Science and the Public
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
PASA Pathways for Lifelong Learning
Who Built America Badges for History Education
Youth Digital Filmmaker Badge System
UC-Davis Sustainable Agriculture & Food System (SA&FS) Badges

Each project includes a description of the design principles as defined by the DPD team:  (a) General Principle, (b)Specific principle, (c) Specific practice. Each of these principles is then further defined in terms of whether it emerged as an (a) intended practice, (b) enacted practice, or (c) formalized continuing practice. This is valuable information because a design principle that was intended but not enacted can suggest whether similar challenges might apply for those designing similar badge systems, or systems who wish to implement similar principles. 

DPD also recently published two new case studies, short pieces that each dig into one particular challenge in badge system design. The first is Establishing the Value of Badges for Earners, and the second is Badges for Connected Learning at PASA

Anyone getting serious about designing a badge system should spend some time reading through the deep dives and case studies. And of course, start playing with the card deck of design principles that Nate Otto developed. The cards are a great way to introduce badges at that second or third meeting when people are ready to think more concretely about the design principles for their own system. 


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