Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases #digitalbadges

New Book! #digitalbadges Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases.

Zane Berge

In recent years, digital badging systems have become a credible means through which learners can establish portfolios and articulate knowledge and skills for both academic and professional settings. Digital Badges in Education provides the first comprehensive overview of this emerging tool. A digital badge is an online-based visual representation that uses detailed metadata to signify learners’ specific achievements and credentials in a variety of subjects across K-12 classrooms, higher education, and workplace learning. Focusing on learning design, assessment, and concrete cases in various contexts, this book explores the necessary components of badging systems, their functions and value, and the possible problems they face. These twenty-five chapters illustrate a range of successful applications of digital badges to address a broad spectrum of learning challenges and to help readers formulate solutions during the development of their digital badges learning projects.

CIDER session: From Data Science to Learning Analytics: The Evolution of the E-Listening Research Project, April 13

We invite you to the April CIDER session at the Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research. This free, online session will feature Dr. Alyssa Wise of Simon Fraser University discussing learning analytics and the E-Listening research project.

Title: From Data Science to Learning Analytics: The Evolution of the E-Listening Research Project

The E-Listening Project began as an effort to use data traces of student activity in online discussions to better understand their learning behaviors and interactions, including a reconceptualization of listening for online spaces, a taxonomy for considering different kinds of listening in online discussion, and documentation of empirical findings about both the specific patterns of listening in which students engage and their perceptions of these activities. Recent project efforts have resulted in tools directly designed for student use, both embedded learning analytics in the form of a novel graphical discussion interface and extracted learning analytics provided periodically as part of a reflective cycle.

This presentation will overview the early findings from the project, the challenges faced in moving from a basic research to a learning intervention mode, and the E-Listening Analytics that were eventually developed.

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect:

Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our monthly Sessions, please visit our website:

Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.


CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education, with additional support from UNESCO.

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