Ronald’s description of the badge program was right on the money and for me enhanced and added value to my overall learning experience as compared to other on-line coursework that I have completed.
For me, what keeps this particular badge system from becoming just another carrot and stick system is that it’s based on peer review. I like how there’s a checks and balances built in with the requirements of 2 endorsements and the the fact that the endorsers have to have earned the badge themselves. Maybe I didn’t listen closely enough, but does the video address the issue of how to start the endorsement system? If you have to have a badge in order to endorse a peer for that badge, then how do students begin to get badges if everyone starts at zero? I’m interested in trying this type of badge system myself and would love to know more about how it works.
Hi, Tanya. Thanks! If there are not enough people “qualified” to endorse at a particular level, it goes ahead and issues the badge anyway, though there is a small marking that makes t “Provisional.” If people come back and endorse you after you have the badge (not entirely likely…) you get that taken away. As a result, most of my badges are “provisional” right now. Basically, if you are launching a badge that needs two endorsers, you should have those endorsers lined up at the outset so that you can get things rolling during the “bootstrap” period.
And although it wasn’t funded, I plan on at least continuing to tinker with this prototype and use it for my own teaching, as well as help others use it. Though I might take a short detour to integrate badges easily into WordPress :).
[…] Professor Alex Halavais’s BadgePost System illustrates just one example of how learner badges can foster student-centered learning and create opportunities for authentic assessment. (To see a short video on the BadgePost prototype and listen to student feedback, click here.) […]
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