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?
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 Education with us last year, and has written a new paper titled Insurgent Credentials II: What Is Sociologically Significant About Digital Badges?
How are we using badges to enable a complex, robust ecology of learning to support more just and equitable social futures?
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 Teacher
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.
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.