Presentation Title

Educate don't decorate: Digital badging and information literacy

Location

Room 210

Type of Presentation

Workshop (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Digital badging is a popular tool being utilized by academia, libraries, and professional development programs to demonstrate skill competency. This workshop will discuss how a medium sized university library implemented a digital badging program to enhance the information literacy skills of library student workers, in furtherance of a possible peer-reference model. We will share the rational for the selection of a digital badging model as well as a general overview of the technologies, challenges, and time investment required. We aim to inspire participants to consider a badging model tailored to their institution. Workshop activities will include: curriculum planning, pedagogical considerations, badging structure, and assessment opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of digital badging and the tools to design a program of instruction featuring badging at their institution.

Presentation Description

To increase the competency and information fluency of library student workers, we created a series of digital badges focused on information literacy concepts such as searching and credibility, and skills such as conducting a reference interview and referrals. The badges aim to empower student workers to deliver reference assistance and serve as IL ambassadors on campus, but also build concrete job skills and reward the effort they put towards their own career development.

Session Goals

Introduce participants to digital badging for information literacy instruction and provide an overview of how to implement a badging program.

Session Objectives

Participants will assess potential uses for badging at their institutions.

Participants will construct an information literacy focused badge outline relevant to their instructional context.

Participants will identify tools and technology to use for creation of a badging program.

Keywords

digital badging, information literacy, student workers

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Sep 28th, 8:30 AM Sep 28th, 9:45 AM

Educate don't decorate: Digital badging and information literacy

Room 210

Digital badging is a popular tool being utilized by academia, libraries, and professional development programs to demonstrate skill competency. This workshop will discuss how a medium sized university library implemented a digital badging program to enhance the information literacy skills of library student workers, in furtherance of a possible peer-reference model. We will share the rational for the selection of a digital badging model as well as a general overview of the technologies, challenges, and time investment required. We aim to inspire participants to consider a badging model tailored to their institution. Workshop activities will include: curriculum planning, pedagogical considerations, badging structure, and assessment opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of digital badging and the tools to design a program of instruction featuring badging at their institution.