What Are (Digital) Badges?: What Are (Digital) Badges? Digital badges : A validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest that can be earned in various learning environments. They aim to provide: Motivation to Participate : they offer a new pathway of lifelong learning separate from traditional , formalised academic pathways. Motivation to Collaborate : they promote active, engaged involvement. Recognition and Assessment : badges can recognize quality or demonstrate community approval Alternative Credentials : may be a potential challenger to the dominant paradigm of diplomas in higher education 2 See http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_badges
Evidence of their Significance: Evidence of their Significance We are now seeing: Events on badges e.g. Online Conference 2013 on MOOCs , badges and OER MOOCS on badges e.g. Badges as New Currency for Credentials Global organisations overseeing developments of badges infrastructure i.e. Openbadges.org 3
A Sceptical Perspective: A Sceptical Perspective After initial participation in the Hyperlinked Library MOOC I had received badges for: Asking someone to be a friend Accepting a friendship request Deleting a private message Writing 5 blog posts Comments on 5 blog posts (“ I agree ”) Receiving 5 badges 4 Some concerns: Are badges trivial Are they just for kids? Will kids care? My GetGlue badge – a social sharing TV app (motivates watching TV!) See “ Initial Reflections on The Hyperlinked Library MOOC & the Badges I Have Acquired ”
Thoughts: Thoughts If you wish to convince others of the importance of new technologies: Be prepared to hear criticisms and concerns (both legitimate and unlikely concerns) Try to address the concerns 5 For example see post on “ Assignment 2: Emerging Technology Planning ” on Hyperlinked Library MOOC blog which illustrates how I intend to evaluate the potential of badges whilst addressing concerns I’ve raised through use of a risk assessment approach.
Questions: Questions Any questions? 6