Proposal Abstract

This presentation reports the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of a digital badge system utilized in one online course and one fact-to-face course in the same topic. A digital badge is a digital icon or logo on a webpage or online venue for the purposes of demonstrating student accomplishments. Educational institutions or organizations can award digital badges to show learner mastery of skills or subjects. This study explores the effectiveness of the badge system.

This action research investigated the effectiveness of using badges to encourage student completion of assignments and peer interaction. Students received badges for submitting peer comments on projects and completion of weekly assignments through the learning management system. The data were collected through surveys, student interviews, and instructor’s field notes. The main research question is “what are the impacts of badges on student participation, motivation, and peer interaction?” The data indicated that the badge system was effective in keeping students completing tasks on time and interacting with peers. However, the badge system does not play a key role in learning motivation. This presentation will share lesson learned from the badge integration and provide recommendations for educators to incorporate badges into their classes.

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Room 1220 B

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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Mar 26th, 2:00 PM Mar 26th, 2:45 PM

To Badge or Not to Badge: An Action Research of Badge Integration

Room 1220 B

This presentation reports the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of a digital badge system utilized in one online course and one fact-to-face course in the same topic. A digital badge is a digital icon or logo on a webpage or online venue for the purposes of demonstrating student accomplishments. Educational institutions or organizations can award digital badges to show learner mastery of skills or subjects. This study explores the effectiveness of the badge system.

This action research investigated the effectiveness of using badges to encourage student completion of assignments and peer interaction. Students received badges for submitting peer comments on projects and completion of weekly assignments through the learning management system. The data were collected through surveys, student interviews, and instructor’s field notes. The main research question is “what are the impacts of badges on student participation, motivation, and peer interaction?” The data indicated that the badge system was effective in keeping students completing tasks on time and interacting with peers. However, the badge system does not play a key role in learning motivation. This presentation will share lesson learned from the badge integration and provide recommendations for educators to incorporate badges into their classes.