Digital Media and Learning RESEARCH Competition deadline extended.

Digital Media and Learning RESEARCH Competition deadline extended.

The deadline for the Digital Media and Learning Research Competition has been extended.  All applications are now due on January 6, 2012 by 5pm PST/8pm EST.

Full call posted below.


Digital Media and Learning Research Competition: Call for Applications  

Badges, Trophies, and Achievements:  Recognition and Accreditation for Informal and Interest-Driven Learning

Deadline: January 6, 2012 at 5pm PST/8pm EST | Visit for more about the Competition.

Online networks, digital resources, and gaming environments provide rich opportunities for learning that is demand-driven and learner-centered. More and more people are turning to networked knowledge communities, online tutorials, and other digital resources for wide ranging learning needs. While learning is migrating to these more informal and non-institutionalized kinds of contexts, we still have little research that examines how people assess, recognize, and display the learning that happens in these settings. What are the emerging techniques and practices for managing reputation and recognizing learning? What are the broad historical and structural understandings of how accreditation operates in our changing social and cultural environment? What systems exist for recognizing learning outside of formal degree and training programs? How do credentials and other displays of achievement operate in the digital and networked world? What kinds of skills and experiences have not been well captured by existing credentialing and recognition systems? How is the landscape of credentialing changing (or not) with the shift to digital and networked  society?

We seek empirical and theoretical research focusing on these questions. Studies should focus on areas such as:

  • Ranking, badging, and achievement systems in games, clubs, competitions, and other forms of interest-driven activities.
  • Accreditation and certificates outside of formal degree programs, including areas such as work skills training, language, writing and critical capabilities, arts, crafts, and other  trades.
  • The role of credentials, badges, and other recognitions of achievement in career and reputation development.
  • Empirical, theoretical, and critical studies of how companies, groups, institutions, and individuals produce, utilize, and exploit various credentialing and reputation systems.

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