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Digital badges for learning are emerging technologies that have exciting possibilities for libraries, particularly in the area of Information Literacy instruction. They are collectible icons that can only be achieved based on a set of predetermined learning competencies. Benefits of Digital Badges: ideal for tracking and providing incentives for Information Literacy learning; can be earned both as an extracurricular activity and through a Learning Management System as part of coursework tied to packets of learning outcomes; provides flexibility that suits both library instruction programs that are integrated, stand-alone, and independent to the curriculum.

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Digital Badges for Learning: No Sewing Required - Distance Library Services 2014 Conference

  1. 1. Template provided by: “posters4research.com” Digital Badges for Learning: No Sewing Required Claudia Timmann, MSLIS, PhD & Erika Bennett, MLIS, MS Capella University; 225 South 6th Street, 10th Floor Badges as a Digital Curriculum & Flexible Assessment Model Badge Curriculum Design Resources Utility of Badges • “Badges represent scaffolded steps to common expectations” • Used as a tool to track learning progress and inspire self- motivated learning • Demonstrates digital accreditation of a skill or achievement. • Measure tasks and acknowledge performances. • Measurement badges can build on each other toward mastery (versus Participation badges that just say “you showed up”) • Peer assessed or self assessed badges are possible. • Recognize soft skills: critical/innovative thinking, teamwork, or effective communication 1. digitalme Badge Canvas: http://www.digitalme.co.uk/badgecanvas/ 2. Badg.us (Open Source): http://www.scoop.it/t/about-badges 3. Badge System Design Template (Mozilla): [Look for “Badge System Design Template] Google Docs (their browser-integrated BadgeKit is in private beta) http://www.scoop.it/t/about-badges 4. Forallbadges.com 5. Openbadges.org 6. Toolness.github.io/chicago-badge-studio.html 7. Passport app developed by Purdue University : faculty give students digital badges that demonstrate mastery of skills http://www.itap.purdue.edu/studio/passport/ Discovery Process: Get to Know Your End User Developing Personas of Ideal Learner Appraise and understand the needs of learners and use this information to develop information services (SWOT analysis) Competency Mapping Online competency mapping tools like Sophia.org can help define the exact competencies and learning outcomes desired through a badge network. User Stories • Badges can benefit low performing learners • Different types of badges effect different learners’ motivation and goals • Students and faculty can use Open Badges to promote achievements with Blackboard Learn courses Academic Institutions Using Badges 1. Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business – Robinson Digital Badge • Badges offered in these areas: • 2. Indiana University - BOOCs (Big Open Online Courses) • Through Mozilla’s Open Badges initiative, award digital badges that allow students to showcase their work and employers to recognize skill sets • Badges are based on Assessment Practices, Assessment Principles, and Assessment Policies 3. CREDO Reference Information Literacy Course Module • Standards-driven info lit instruction • Provides multi-media materials that highlight skills development 4. Portland State University Library: Digital Badges for Creativity and Critical Thinking Project (graphical representations of acquired skills)* 5. Purdue’s Passport Badge Learning System • Demonstrates academic achievement through customizable badges • Guides students through tasks and allows faculty to follow progress and connect badges to course objectives Career Competencies & Discipline Ties Game Theory Design Model Badges & Domain Specific Career Skills – Capella University Library had intended to develop information literacy badges for the Human Resources program to foster info skills for corporate environmental scans in 2013. Information Skills to Complete an Environmental Scan (HR professionals) Gamification (incorporation of aspects of game playing) is increasingly being seen as a method for improved learning design and learning motivation. Many video game and learning media companies are adopting badges as reward systems for mastery of learning. Badge Stories • The MacArthur Foundation: currently doing work with digital badges involving a funding initiative in partnership with the Mozilla Foundation. • Portland State University Library: faculty, librarians, and other stakeholders collaborated to develop the curriculum Digital Badges for Creativity and Critical Thinking* Community of Practice Badge Google Group Mozilla Open Badges community space. http://groups.google.com/group/openbadges/topics Includes: • library-related sub-group • weekly digest • weekly calls Quick Badge Design Tips Make meaningful experiences - Don’t just focus on the visual side of badges. Think about the lifecycle of the badge and the experiences it acknowledges. Endorsements hold weight – Consider whether the library will be the endorser, or whether a larger body would be more impressive. Map out all the badges you can on the front end – Looking at all your badges as a whole curriculum will help keep later badges from muddling earlier ones. Incremental, granular badges can be very rewarding – can be used for scaffolded skill building, faculty development, nurse continuing education, reference desk acquisition acknowledgement for Work Study students, and more Don’t ignore the visuals – Better looking badges are perceived as having more esteem. Additional Resources & Tools 1. The Badge Alliance - http://badgealliance.com 2. Badge Forge – used for issuing, earning, and researching badges connected to Mozilla Badge Backpack 3. Achievery.com - global platform for recognizing and verifying skills and credentials 4. What is an Open Badge System and How to Implement It - http://www.slideshare.net/Ebizon/what-is-an-open-badging- system-and-how-to-implement-it 5. Badge Lab Tutorial - http://badgelab.herokuapp.com/tutorial/67062 6. Credly makes achievements more visible 7. Other institutions using badges 8. Student-made badges as self-assessment http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/4274 Badge System Design Model from Little Bird Games Littlebirdgames.com Persona Creation Learning Objectives Bloom’s Taxonomy Badge Design Taxonomy Badge Criteria Skill Tree Direct Badge Issuance learner learning application badge badge backpack LRSoptional Indirect Badge Issuance learning application badge badge backpack LRS learner learning application2 assessment system Environmental Scan Define Need Formulate Questions Access Sources Using Strategies Evaluate and Reassess Business Innovation Change Management Creative Thinking Leadership Excellence Lean Six Sigma Managerial Coach Marketing Excellence Project Management Due to attrition of key stakeholders involved in the project, this stalled any advancement. Research will continue with the goal of partnering with Sophia.org to develop information literacy badges in areas such as: ethics around writing, problem solving, critical thinking related to appropriate research strategies, and more. For more information, see: Easley, D. & Ghosh, A. “Incentives, gamification, and game theory: An economic approach to badge design.” http://www.arpitaghosh.com/papers/EC-final.pdf From: Regan, D., Raybourn, E. M. & Durlach, P.J. “CHAPTER 20 ‒Learner Modeling Considerations for a Personalized Assistant for Learning (PAL).“ Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems - Volume 1: Learner Modeling http://eduworks.com/wp-content/uploads/resources/DesignRecommendations.pdf Zhang, X., Majid, S., and Foo, S. (2010). Environmental scanning: An application of information literacy skills at the workplace. Journal of Information Science, 36, 719-732. DOI: 10.1177/0165551510385644 Fontichiaro, K. and Elkordy, A. (2013). From stars to constellations: Digital badges can chart growth. Learning & Leading with Technology, 41(4), pp.12-15.