How are we using badges to enable a complex, robust ecology of learning to support more just and equitable social futures?
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.
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.
In this webinar, Jeff Atwood, founder of Stackoverflow.com, a popular and highly respected reputation and badge system that has been online since 2008, talked about the sociology of badges in the Stack Exchange and shared his experience building, tweaking, and growing the reputation system and the community around it.
During this webinar, we featured Judd Antin, a social psychologist and User Experience Researcher at Facebook. His expertise is in motivation and incentives for online collaboration and participation in social media. Judd has also done extensive research on trust and privacy online, and more recently has focused on understanding the power and pitfalls of gamification. Prior to his move to Facebook in May 2012, Judd was a Research Scientist in the Internet Experiences Research Group at Yahoo! Research.