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Digital Badges in Education
Trends, Issues, and Cases

ISBN 9781138857605
Published March 24, 2016 by Routledge
302 Pages

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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.

Table of Contents


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


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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