Webinar recording on establishing badge value for earners

On June 4th, Christine Chow and Nate Otto of the DPD Project joined Paul Allison’s “Teachers Teaching Teachers” webinar series to discuss their recent case study on establishing the value of badges for earners. Representatives of two projects we studied joined us. Chris Shoemaker from YALSA and Stacy Kruse, from Pragmatic Solutions, the software partner for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting projects.

We had a nice hour-long chat about the challenges that come up when system designers design badges that are intended to have outside value for learners.

The discussion touched on several principles in our Recognizing Learning and Motivating Learning categories around how badge systems are intended to provide valuable credentials to learners.

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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