Principal Learning Technologist
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
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.
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.