About Swinburne University of Technology, Australia:



Overview:

Dr. Kulari Lokuge Dona
Principal Learning Technologist
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

klokugedona@swin.edu.au

The digital badges were implemented as a pilot project in a MOOC offered by Swinburne University of Technology through CourseSites. The “Carpe Diem MOOC” was focused on developing knowledge and skills in learning design with participants randomly assigned to small groups to work on activities throughout the six week course. A key challenge, particularly given the group work requirement, was to find ways to engage and motivate participants throughout the MOOC. The CourseSites badge environment enabled participants to earn a badge each week and, on completion of all activities, a Mozilla Open Badge was provided that could be made visible in the Open Back Pack.

Setting:

The badges were issues to the MOOC participants once they completed activities.

Learning Recognized:

The badges were offered for completion of tasks. Some of these tasks were evaluated by the moderators. There were five mini (internal) badges that were offered. However to be able to gain the final badge The final Open Badge was awarded only when the six initial badges had been earned. The final badge also served as an equivalent to a certificate of completion for the MOOC.

Evidence:

The badge included links to the tasks outline required to obtain the badge

Assessments:

The assessments were activities that had to be completed individually.
In order to gain the “Look and Feel” and the “Storyboard” Badges the participants had to complete the tasks and then officially submit their assignments. To qualify for the “Create an e-tivity” and “Reality Checker” Badges the participants had to have their work assessed by the CD MOOC facilitators. A badge was also awarded for the “Action Plan” completed. The final Open Badge was awarded only when the six initial badges had been earned. The final badge also served as an equivalent to a certificate of completion for the MOOC.


Challenges:

Providing meta data was a challenge. Also we would have liked to link to the artifacts that were created as part of the MOOC participation.

Next Steps:

We are planning to embed badges in other areas of teaching and learning. Take the experience further to build a better community within the institute to use badges and further enhance student engagement.