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What Are Badges?

Badges are an alternative form of credentialing popular in informal learning contexts, while some academic institutions have begun to deploy badges within courses/programs as well.  Demonstration of specified learning outcomes are represented visually by a “badge:” a digital image displayed on a website. The use of badges is one manifestation of “gamification” in learning contexts. Some individuals are motivated to earn badges, and the accumulation of badges does make evident to other learners and to facilitators how engaged an individual is with the learning context. While individuals or organizations may create and distribute their own digital images for their learners, proprietary and open source badging platforms have begun to emerge as well. The Mozilla Foundation has established http://openbadges.org as an open source badging platform. Other badging platforms include Purdue University’s Open Passport and the freemium service Credly. (We will be issuing BlendKit2016 badges using Credly.)

Why Are You Using Badges in BlendKit2017?

We are offering badges in BlendKit2017 as one method for making evident one’s progress through the learning activities associated with the course. This may be useful to individuals in tracking their own engagement, but it is also the method the course facilitators will use to determine successful completion of BlendKit2017. In addition, given the recent growing interest in badges for learning, offering a first-hand experience with badging is an added benefit to BlendKit2017 participants.

If you are a registered BlendKit2017 participant, we would like to be clear that you do not have to earn badges to participate in this open, online course. As described on the learning activities page, we encourage you to participate as much or as little as you want, in a way that meets your needs. This requires no badge involvement.

For those who want to meet the completion standard we’ve set, you will submit evidence of activity completion within the “Assignments” area of the Canvas learning management system (LMS). In addition to indicating within the Canvas grade book that an activity is “complete,” we will also be notifying you via email that you’ve earned a badge. (Messages will be sent to the address you used to enroll in BlendKit2017  on Canvas Network. These notification emails will sent from “UCF via Credly.”)

Criteria for Earning BlendKit2017 Badges

There are five weekly topics addressed in BlendKit2017, and there are five badges which may be earned by registered participants for each one of these topics by completing certain activities. Please Note: To receive a badge for these activities, evidence of completion must be submitted via the appropriate “Assignment” area within Canvas.

There is also an overall badge denoting successful completion of BlendKit2017.

  • BlendKit2017 Course Completion = Earn at least one badge in each of the five topic areas by the end of BlendKit2017 demonstrating foundational knowledge of blended learning design

For those pursuing the UCF/EDUCAUSE Certified Blended Learning Designer credential, the BlendKit2017 course completion badge is a prerequisite. Successful course completers may pay a nominal fee for a portfolio review.  Those earning the UCF/EDUCAUSE credential will be awarded both a certificate and a digital badge. The digital badge will be issued via Credly, but the email notification will come from “EDUCAUSE Via Credly.”

You are encouraged to participate as much as you want whenever you want during the five weeks of BlendKit2017. However, a maximum of one badge for each of the specified tasks may be claimed for each of the five topical areas. Ultimately, you will determine what value you derive from your participation in BlendKit2017, but in order to specify a reasonable standard for course completion, at least one activity must be completed for each of the five topic areas in order to receive the course completion badge.

Please note that the collection of five badges displayed below would not meet the criteria for successful completion of BlendKit2017. This collection indicates three activities completed for the Week 02: Blended Interactions topic, one activity each completed for Week 03: Blended Assessments of Learning and Week 04: Blended Content and Assignments, but there is no activity completion shown for either Week 01: Understanding Blended Learning nor for Week 05: Quality Assurance in Blended Learning. There is nothing wrong with this particular participation pattern. It may have met the needs of this particular participant. It just will not be considered “successful completion” of BlendKit2017.

Screen capture of Credly containing 5 badges.

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By contrast, each of the two collections of badges depicted below would meet the course completion criteria for BlendKit2017 even though the first collection shows fourteen badges plus the course completion badge and the second collection shows only five badges plus the course completion badge. In the second collection, the five badges represent engagement with each of the five topics of BlendKit2017.

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Badging Process

  1. Complete one of the learning activities described above.
  2. Submit the appropriate documentation of the activity via Canvas “Assignments.”
  3. Receive email at the email address with which you registered for BlendKit2017.
  4. Click the Save & Share link in the email in order to “claim” your badge. (If you haven’t registered with Credly.com, you will be prompted to do so. Note: It is imperative that you register for Credly with the same email address with which you enrolled in BlendKit2017 on Canvas Network!)
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  1. Confirm your acceptance of the badge in Credly by clicking the Login to Save and Share button.
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  1. You may visit your Credly account at any time using the following URL: https://credly.com/
  2. Click on the name of any badge in the Earned tab to see details on the performance it represents.
Screen capture of one person’s publicly viewable badges in Credly.

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  1. Credly allows you to decide which badges to make public or hidden. You can also organize your badges using the “Categories” area.
  2. If you have any questions about the badging process, please send an email to kelvin@ucf.edu.