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Open Learning Badges and Higher Education:  Threats and Opportunities

Open Learning Badges and Higher Education: Threats and Opportunities

This slideshare was presented at the ALT-C 2012 Conference in Manchester, England by Brian Mulligan of the Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland as well as Kyle Peck, David Passmore and Rose Baker of Penn State University.


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Jane Moore
Jane Moore (Faculty)
2 years ago
So glad this is helpful for you!
Tim Vatovec
Tim Vatovec (Faculty)
2 years ago
I had only cursory knowledge of learning 'badges' but this presentation provides a detailed introduction and presents current trends in badging and potential impacts on higher education teaching and learning. Badges present an opportunity to convey skill mastery to employers outside of the traditional higher education systems. As an open-learning system, badging can bolster education by providing a 'digital representation of lifelong learning' by enabling the quick verification of prior learning (such as through MOOCs) and aggregation of achievement. The authors suggest that badges along with course credits may motivate students in new ways as well as change teaching with less of a focus on presentation and more on formative assessment and certification of skills. The argument here is compelling and definitely piqued my interest in this topic.