Is there a badge for this session?

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I am geeking away in Monterey at the Internet Librarian conference. The session about Online Badges brought up an interesting point, should badges expire? I am concerned about the relevance of certain skills. Perhaps badges should be date stamped like a college degree or technical skill certificate. Here are some highlights from this excellent session.

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Why badge?
Badges can work as motivators for learning and acquisition of skills. This is especially important in an online environment where the possibility of face-to-face recognition is not an option.

Easily portable with Credly or Mozilla Backpack.

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Concerns
Handing out badges like candy cheapens badge value.
Do not associate badges with grades. Grades are grades, badges recognize learning and behaviors.

Danger
Let Accelerated Reader serve as a cautionary tale. Anyone familiar with K-12 programs that track students’ ability to earn points for passing a computerized test about a book is cringing right now. Designed to motivate students to read and to give teachers a method for assessing reading comprehension this has become a target of hatred.

 

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http://www.brainwaves.net/product/PK99

http://www.martinvoelk.com/references/ciscosec.jpg

http://www.mint.com/blog/consumer-iq/leftover-halloween-candy-recipes-10201/

 

 

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