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Open badges for education: what are the implications at the intersection of open systems and badging?

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 with 0 comments
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Badges have garnered great interest among scholars of digital media and learning. In addition, widespread initiatives such as Mozilla’s Open Badge Framework expand the potential of badging into the realm of open education. This paper highlights some of the ways that researchers have examined badges as part of educational practice and also emphasises the different definitions of openness that are employed in popular and scholarly thought. By considering badges from three different perspectives (motivation, pedagogy, and credential) and the concept of openness from three different perspectives (production, access and appropriation) a framework was developed to consider the tensions where these competing conceptions meet.


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