Archive for March 10, 2014

Badges: Connectors in Connected Learning

badges-connectorsDigital badges are the “connectors” in a connected learning environment, helping to create opportunities for youth to follow their passions through academic learning within a peer community. (Image inspired from a slide from the Reconnect Learning 2014 Open Badges Summit.)

From tuning into the livestream from the Summit, I had the opportunity to hear MacArthur Foundation’s Connie Yowell speak about the power of badge learning.  She reminded us that digital badge learning is grounded in current research that portrays how youth interact with digital media.  Principles of Connected Learning support youth in”hanging out,” “messing around,” and “geeking out” or (HOMAGO).    Badges serve as feedback in the learning journey, mark milestones and provide multiple pathways.  Powerful learner/mentor relationships are a cornerstone of the badge learning experience, where adults coach learners in their quests to learn.  Badge learning supports multiple purposes, but the connected learning framework is at the heart of the design, which provides highly engaging, purposeful and accessible learning opportunities for youth.  To explore some of the livestream sessions from the Summit , go to the Moziliarian Blog. Read more