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

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BuzzMath

BuzzMath is a platform where middle school students develop mathematics competencies corresponding to the Common Core standards. The project issues Open Badges aligned to these standards as students complete activities on buzzmath.com.

The BuzzMath team from the small software development firm Scolab wants to help students in grades 6 through 8 achieve competency in the mathematics standards included in the Common Core State Standards system. To this end, the website guides students through “practice documents” and “challenge documents” targeting each element of the standards (Figure 2). These take the form of sets of assessment questions that progress in difficulty and build on learned concepts as they go. They are designed to complement classroom instruction and assessment. In addition, teachers that use BuzzMath in their classrooms will be able to track their students’ skill development through an integrated dashboard

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Case Study: Badges for connected learning at PASA

Badges can support connected learning and are compatible with learning spaces that exemplify connected learning principles. A case study of the Providence After School Alliance.

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Case Study: Establishing the Value of Badges for Earners

Christine Chow and Nate Otto Open Badges allow new practices of interacting with personal credentials. Students who are new to badges may also be new to using traditional credentials to present their accomplishments or qualifications and unsure how to leverage

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Ensuring distributed educators meet endorser standards: Planet Stewards

Planet Stewards NOAA Certified Teacher Badge

Part of successful endorsement partnership is holding your system to a standard.
Several of the projects that won grants through the Digital Media and Learning competition offer centralized online platforms for educational programs that take place in geographically distributed physical classrooms. The principles used among projects that fit this profile, and especially the transitions they made as they shifted from intended to enacted practices, illustrate lessons learned about how to confront the challenge of running this type of badge system.

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Gaining External Recognition: S2R

An important part of the S2R design was for the badges to be valuable for the students who would earn them. From the beginning, Makewaves and DigitalME hoped to build a network of sports and journalism organizations, as well as

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Implementing a complex leveled hierarchy: S2R

S2R designed their medal system to allow students to progress through different levels of mastery in three different areas of journalism, targeting the roles of Journalist, Producer, and Coach. Moreover, they wanted to guide students through these badges along a

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LevelUp

The badging initiative LevelUp is the result of a partnership between Adams County District 50, EffectiveSC, and Intific. LevelUp is a web-based platform for students to map the progression of their learning experiences on their own, personal competency map, with the capacity to take effect across systems and institutions, including “K-12 schools, colleges, extra-curricular activities, or job training”

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NOAA Planet Stewards Personalized Learning in 3D GameLab

Preface The information contained in this project appendix was gathered from the original project proposal that was funded in 2012 and interviews with project leaders through the end of 2014.  This appendix and the overall design principles database from the

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PBS News Hour Student Reporting Labs

Student Reporting Labs is a educational program offered by PBS News Hour in which participating high school teachers offer their students the opportunity to write and record a story about their community with the chance of getting it broadcast on local or national television.

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Mozilla Open Badges
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