Digital badges: Recognizing, assessing, and motivating learners in and out of school contexts

  • Ian O'Byrne W
  • Schenke K
  • Willisiii J
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Digital badges are web-enabled tokens of accomplishment that contain
specific claims and evidence about learning and achievement along with
detailed evidence supporting those claims. Badges traditionally consist
of an image and relevant metadata (e.g., badge name, description,
criteria, issuer, evidence, date issued, standards, and tags). This
column features findings from recent research examining the design
principles for open digital badges that emerged across the 30
organizations awarded grants to develop badge content in the 2012 Badges
for Lifelong Learning Initiative. The column focuses this inspection of
the principles identified in the research (recognition, assessment, and
motivation) on one student in the MOUSE outreach program. Results from
this column provide guidance for educators in and out of traditional
learning contexts.

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  • Adolescence
  • Adult
  • Assessment
  • College/university students
  • Community-based programs, resources
  • Digital/media literacies
  • Distance education, distance learning
  • Early adolescence
  • Expectations
  • Interest
  • Motivation/engagement
  • New literacies
  • Portfolios
  • Special needs
  • Visual literacy

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  • W. Ian O'Byrne

  • Katerina Schenke

  • James E. Willisiii

  • Daniel T. Hickey

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