1st Edition

Digital Badges in Education Trends, Issues, and Cases

Edited By Lin Muilenburg, Zane L. Berge Copyright 2016
    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    In recent years, digital badging systems have become a credible means through which learners can establish portfolios and articulate knowledge and skills for both academic and professional settings. Digital Badges in Education provides the first comprehensive overview of this emerging tool. A digital badge is an online-based visual representation that uses detailed metadata to signify learners’ specific achievements and credentials in a variety of subjects across K-12 classrooms, higher education, and workplace learning. Focusing on learning design, assessment, and concrete cases in various contexts, this book explores the necessary components of badging systems, their functions and value, and the possible problems they face. These twenty-five chapters illustrate a range of successful applications of digital badges to address a broad spectrum of learning challenges and to help readers formulate solutions during the development of their digital badges learning projects.


    Part I: Trends and Issues

    1. History and Context of Open Digital Badges

    Sheryl L. Grant

    2. Badges and Competencies: New Currency for Professional Credentials

    Anne Derryberry, Deborah Everhart, and Erin Knight

    3. The Case for Rigor in Open Badges

    Richard E. West and Daniel L. Randall

    4. Competency-Based Education and the Relationship to Digital Badges

    Rhonda D. Blackburn, Stella C.S. Porto, and Jacklyn J. Thompson

    5. Good Badges, Evil Badges? The Impact of Badge Design on Learning from Games

    Melissa L. Biles and Jan L. Plass

    6. The Impact of Badges on Motivation to Learn

    Samuel Abramovich and Peter S. Wardrip

    7. What Video Games Can Teach Us About Badges and Pathways

    Lucas Blair

    8. Instructional Design Considerations for Digital Badges

    Chris Gamrat, Brett Bixler and Victoria Raish

    9. Badging as Micro-Credentialing in Formal Education and Informal Education

    Kyle Peck, Kyle Bowen, Emily Rimland and Jamie Oberdick

    10. Digital Badges, Learning at Scale, and Big Data

    Barton K. Pursel, Chris Stubbs, Gi Woong Choi, and Phil Tietjen

    11. In the Eye of the Beholder: The Value of Digital Badges

    Zane L. Berge and Lin Y. Muilenburg

    Part II: Cases

    Digital Badges for K12 Learners

    12. College and Career Ready: TK-12 Badging for Student Motivation

    April Marie Moore and Leanne Edwards

    13. Learning with Digital Badges in Formal, Informal, and Crowd-Sourced Settings

    Christine Chow, James E. Willis, III, and Daniel Hickey

    14. Afterschool and Digital Badges: Recognizing Learning Where it Happens

    Sam Piha

    15. Designing Digital Badges for an Informal STEM Learning Environment

    Eve Klein and Katie Davis

    Digital Badges in Higher Education

    16. Measuring Nursing Students’ Mastery of Health Care Competencies

    Andrea L. Thomas, Jason D. Fish, Pamela M. Karagory, and Kristen F. Kirby

    17. Lifelong Learning Starts at School: Competency-based Badge Systems within the Transdisciplinary Experience at Purdue Polytechnic

    Iryna Ashby, Marisa Exter, Sorin Adam Matei and Jeffrey Evans

    18. Evaluating Design Frameworks for Badges: A Case Study and Comparative Analysis of Two Types of Digital Badging Systems

    Rudy McDaniel and Joseph R. Fanfarelli

    19. A Case Study of Digital Badges in Composition Courses

    Alan J. Reid and Denise Paster

    20. A Delayed Badge is a Worthy Badge: Designing Digital Badge Architectures Based on Academic Delay of Gratification

    Răzvan Rughiniș and Ștefania Matei

    Digital Badges for Adult Learning

    21. Teacher Learning Journeys: A Design Case Study of a Learner-Centered STEM Digital Badging System

    Chris Gamrat and Heather Toomey Zimmerman

    22. VIF International Education: Global-Ready Teacher Badging

    Julie Keane, Mark Otter, Tamara Oxley and Leslie Lipscomb

    23. Digital Badges as a Motivator in MOOCS: The Carpe Diem MOOC Experience

    Kulari Lokuge Dona, Janet Gregory and Ekaterina Pechenkina

    24. Learning Technologies Badges for Faculty Professional Development: A Case Study

    David A. Goodrum, Serdar Abaci, and Anastasia S. Morrone

    25. Digital Badges for Continuing Education at Colorado State University

    Michael Paul Macklin

    About the Authors



    Lin Y. Muilenburg is Associate Professor of Educational Studies at St. Mary's College of Maryland, USA.

    Zane L. Berge is Professor of the Training Systems, Instructional Systems Development Graduate Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA.

    "Challenging superficial perceptions of open badges, this broad and incisive book informs, educates, and inspires through its wide-ranging investigation of this powerful and protean educational tool."

    Carla Casilli, Interim Executive Director, IMS Digital Credentialing, IMS Global Learning Consortium, USA

    "Muilenburg and Berge lay out a pathway through the debates that have animated the digital badges community since the release of the Open Badges standard in 2012. This collection shows badge systems that can transform how learning achievements are understood across a wider variety of experiences than ever before. The consequences for motivation, curricular design, and connected learning make digital badges worthy of the cross-disciplinary academic analysis that is begun here."

    Nate Otto, Executive Director, Badge Alliance, USA

    "There is little doubt that the editors were mindful and strategic with the organization of the two sections, and the accompanying chapters including the content areas. Thus, one would conclude that the book serves as an excellent resource for researchers, scholars, and practitioners."

    -Denver J. Fowler, Sarah M. Jouganatos, AECT, TechTrends