ERIC Number: EJ1247119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Recognizing Competencies vs. Completion vs. Participation: Ideal Roles for Web-Enabled Digital Badges
Hickey, Daniel T.; Chartrand, Grant T.
Education and Information Technologies, v25 n2 p943-956 Mar 2020
Open digital badges are new credentials that can contain specific claims and links to web-enabled evidence, and can then circulate in networks. Badges are helping facilitate broader shifts away from measuring, accrediting, and credentialing "achievement" and towards capturing, validating, and recognizing "learning." A study of 30 funded efforts to develop badges found that none of the efforts to develop "competency" badges (for demonstrating specific competencies) resulted in thriving badge-based ecosystems, while four of the five efforts to develop "participation" badges (for engaged participation in social learning) resulted in thriving ecosystems. The findings were relatively mixed for the remaining efforts to develop "completion badges" (for individuals completing projects or investigations) and "hybrid" badges (for multiple types of learning). These findings suggest that innovators temper their ambition for capturing and recognizing evidence of individual competencies, and consider exploring more social assessments and informal and crowdsourced recognition.
Descriptors: Information Technology, Networks, Evidence, Competence, Socialization, Computer Software, Awards, Web Sites
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