How to prepare your course for badging?
Implementing badging into your course/program can be as simple or as complex as your goals for learning. For example, your goal may be that learners engage in public discourse through comments on a course blog. In this case, the learning pathway is simple and straightforward - an assigned number of comments will earn you a badge. In another instance, your goal for learners may be to facilitate a design process - which involves a number of steps and competencies. Each step will need to be mapped out in terms of what learners will need to do in order to earn the badge. These steps may involve submissions, comments, quizzes or activities which will need to be verified. Once you map out one set of steps for earning a badge, you will want to have a conversation with a learning technologist to ensure that your requirements can be met.
When designing a badge pathway for your course, the following should be considered:
- Setting Goals for Badges in Your Course - Questions
- What are the expected learning outcomes for the course or program and how does badging fit as a strategy to reach those goals?
- What skills, competencies or level of achievement can reasonably be acknowledged through badging?
- Are such competencies, skills, etc. recognized as having value in a field or discipline? (eg. community engagement, event planning, proposal writing, prototyping, scholarly publishing)
- What sort of evidence will you need in order to award a badge? (eg. comments, posts, quizzes, evidence of engagement such as responses to a post, plans, papers, etc.)
- Will evidence need to be gathered across courses in order to earn a badge (if so, there may be technical limitations to be aware of - discuss early)
- How might the pathway to a badge contribute to the learning community? Within the course? Beyond the course?
- Will badge earning be optional and what will be the impact on your overall assessment strategies? (replacing something, add on, extra credits)