An interview on badge system design with DPD Project Coordinator Nate Otto

DPD Project Coordinator Nate Otto was recently recorded in an interview by Verena Roberts, who is working with the University of British Columbia to implement badges in some learning programs. The discussion covered the DPD Project’s approach to studying badge systems and some of the lessons yielded so far about what design decisions help lead to the success of a badge program.

Read Verena’s introduction here or skip ahead to the video.

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Loves open education, Open Badges, free culture, Progress of the Useful Arts and Sciences, people-powered politics, and local food production. Coordinator for the badges Design Principles Documentation Project at Indiana University.

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Digital Badges are web-enabled credentials of learning or accomplishment. -Erin Knight, director of the Badge Alliance
Badges contain detailed claims about learning, links to actual evidence of learning, and they're shareable over the web. -Dan Hickey, DPD Project Lead Investigator
To me, digital badges represent the bridge between formal learning & informal structures. -Alex Halavais, DML research competition winner
Open Badges can help people tell a verifiable story about their accomplishments. -Nate Otto, DPD Project coordinator
Regardless of where you start, it’s more than likely you’ll end up somewhere other than your intended destination. That’s okay. Systems are living things, and your badge system needs to be flexible. You must embrace a bit of chaos in its design. -Carla Casilli, Director of Design + Practice at the Badge Alliance