Seek external backing of credential:

Design Principle R4: Seek external backing of credentialGaining external endorsement of a badge makes it worth more, and establishing direct relationships with respected institutions and organizations increases its value and utility.

For specific ways badges are used to seek external backing, please see the following: principle: externally valued.

4-H USDA Robotics Digital Badges

The 4-H USDA Robotics Digital Badges initiative is a collaborative badging effort between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 4-H National Headquarters/USDA, and Auburn University. Over the course of badge system development, Auburn University focused on the project’s technical side, while University of Nebraska-Lincoln played a role in developing assessments and curriculum. 4-H described, “The Nebraska faculty has developed an outstanding suite of robotics learning experiences supported through almost $5 million in grants from the National Science Foundation (#ESI-0624591 and DRL-0833403), the NASA Summer of Innovation, and 4-H. These learning experiences will serve as the core content for the 4-H Robotics digital badging system for youth ages 9 to 18.

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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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Charter Building and Labor Market Contacts in Two-Year Colleges | Deil-Amen and Rosenbaum

Deil-Amen, R., and Rosenbaum, J. E. (2004). Charter building and labor market contacts in two-year colleges. Sociology of Education, 77, 245-265. Retrieved from https://www.coe.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/charterbuilding.pdf Deil-Amen and Rosenbaum (2004) showed how colleges that serve disadvantaged students work to build relationships of

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Computer Science Student Network (CS2N)

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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Cooper-Hewitt DesignPrep Badges

Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt and National Design Museum and technology partner LearningTimes proposed to build the DesignPrep badge system (which at the beginning was called Design Exchange). Their program is a digital badge system that has been integrated into Cooper-Hewitt’s DesignPrep program, which engages underserved high school students in New York City in design activities. The program provides youth the opportunity to develop design, collaboration, and presentation skills through participating in activities focused around fashion, architecture, and 3D design.

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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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Informal Learning Garners Acceptance as a Legitimate Learning Approach | Schooley, Moore and Magarie

Schooley, C., Moore, C., & Magarie, A. (2011). Informal learning garners acceptance as a legitimate learning approach [Online forum comment]. Retrieved from http://www.forrester.com Kathleen Radionoff points us to “Informal Learning Garners Acceptance as a Legitimate Learning Approach” (2011),  in which

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Intel and Society for Science and the Public Badges

Intel and the Society for Science and the Public (SSP) partnered together in an effort to design a badge system that would recognize the accomplishments of middle and high school students worldwide. Specifically, the project awards badges to students for their achievements in scientific research and participation in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) educational programs.

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Ivies, extracurriculars, and exclusion: Elite employers’ use of educational credentials | Rivera

Rivera, L.A. (2011). Ivies, extracurriculars, and exclusion: Elite employers’ use of educational credentials. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 29(1), 71-90. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S027656241000065X Lauren Rivera (2011) discussed the prestige factor of degrees in employer’s screening and hiring decisions, suggesting

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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