I’ve spent the last several months, along with three other graduate students, researching digital badging. Digital badging has been a hot topic in education and business, and is a component of the gamification movement. I posed several questions to members of The Leadership Board for CIO’s in higher education, and found that only one of ten respondents was utilizing digital badges on their campus.
I, personally, see digital badging as something that could be useful if viable network/registry/verification systems come together in a meaningful way. I don’t see any real value right now. My aim throughout the project was to take a critical stance, evaluating issues of value, usefulness, privacy, and culture.
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