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What Are Your Credentials? Museums, Education, And Digital Badging

By Julia Falkowski, Balboa Park Online Collaborative

Learning takes place everywhere, throughout a lifetime—and museums are an important part of the informal learning ecosystem. But how do we make these learning experiences count? How can we convey to future schools and employers that lessons outside the classroom provide valuable skills? The concept of digital badging, being explored throughout the worlds of education and credentialing, seeks to answer these questions.

Most people are familiar with the concept of badging from the scouting world, in which Boy Scouts' and Girl Scouts' physical patches match up with accomplishments, projects completed, and lessons learned. Digital badges are awarded online, but like scout badges, they represent a fun, moderately competitive way to track progress. Organizations like LRNG and the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub are developing online systems to formalize and support communities dedicated to digital badging.

Badging programs have come and gone over the past few years, but examining the badging programs that have lasted and those that have not provide valuable lessons about what successful badging looks like. This paper looks at museums’ past and current involvement with the emerging world of connected learning and digital badging, through the examples of San Diego’s Art and Science of Vision and the Pittsburgh Galleries Project.

It compares the models of these, and other digital badging projects, highlighting successes and challenges, and placing them in the larger context of current educational philosophy. Museums pride themselves on being public resources, with plentiful primary source materials and educational content. Museums are also in a constant search for relevance. By finding ways to incorporate into, and help advance digital badging, museums can take a more active role in shaping and supporting the future of education.

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What Are Your Credentials? Museums, Education, And Digital Badging

  1. 1. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd Julia Falkowski What Are Your Credentials?Museums, Education & Digital Badging
  2. 2. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd Badging Overview
  3. 3. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd Badge Program Criteria ● Drawing on your reputation? ● Using existing partnerships? ● Using existing content? ● Have a need?
  4. 4. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd Outside Museums
  5. 5. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd Museum Badging
  6. 6. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd Case Study: The Shedd Aquarium
  7. 7. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd Badging Questions
  8. 8. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd Badging Landscape
  9. 9. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd DML 6 Competition
  10. 10. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd LRNG
  11. 11. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd DML 6: The Pittsburgh Galleries Project
  12. 12. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd DML 6: Balboa Park
  13. 13. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd Our Project
  14. 14. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd Badges in Balboa Park
  15. 15. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd Lessons from LRNG
  16. 16. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd Badges: What’s Next ● Use your reputation ● Use existing partnerships ● Think about existing content ● Address a need
  17. 17. @jdfalko ⬢ @bpoc_sd Thank You!