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Coastal Composition Commons

A digital badge initiative

Alan Reid

on 1 April 2014

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Who are we?
Denise Paster, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Coordinator of Composition
Alan Reid, Ph.D.
Teaching Associate, English
Digital Badges
What are they?
Digital Badges (cont.)
Who is issuing badges?
What We're Doing
Why this curricular change?
JPEG files that are distributed to students for demonstrating mastery of a particular skill.
What are they not?
Participation trophies.
Extra credit.
Recognizers of learning.
Digital credentials
with links to
testimonial evidence.
Just one more thing to grade.
"A validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest"
"[Badges] are the recognizer after some learning and assessment has occurred"
Erin Knight, Co-Creator of Mozilla OBI
"Badges should be viewed as feedback, rather than a reward"
Constance M. Yowell, MacArthur Foundation
"The badge system, moreover, isn't just a transcript, CV, and work portfolio rolled together into a cool digital package. It's also a way to structure the process of education itself"
Chronicle of Higher Education
Applies to ENGL 101 & 102
Grounded in digital-based modules tied to SLO's
Can be completed in or out of class
Quantifies progress through badge accumulation
Provides flexible, yet common standards for mastery
To provide a unified FYC experience across all sections
To use innovative teaching and learning strategies
To prepare our students for the 21st century workplace
To enhance our students' information literacy skills
Extraneous to the course
Coastal Composition Commons (CCC)
Faculty Resources
Small Group Discussion
Step 1.

Step 2.

Integrate quotations smoothly and appropriately into your writing.
To demonstrate the ability to express yourself clearly and effectively
Thinking Critically
To demonstrate the ability to comprehend, analyze, and critically evaluate information
Assessment: Core Goal 1A
To demonstrate the ability to comprehend and analyze language.
Summarize and paraphrase sources accurately, and acknowledge (cite) your sources honestly.
Synthesize multiple written sources, using several sources to support one point or discussing likenesses and differences among several sources.
Establish a main point, a focus, or an argument (a thesis).
Provide supporting reasons or evidence.
Organize and structure the project logically.
Employ varied sentence structure, effective diction, and an engaging style.
Conform to conventional mechanics, spelling, and grammar.
Choose appropriate, reliable written sources.
Respond to and comment on written sources.
Critique written sources.

Assessment Options
(1) Instructors grade their own students.
(2) Submissions are pooled.
(3) Peer reviewers are trained to assess.
Step 3.

Exemplary Badge Programs
Pudue University
Let's Talk Assessment
Extending Badges
to Upper-Level Courses

Contact Info
"4th Credit Initiative"
What They're Saying About Us
“This is a really interesting project and I eagerly look forward to the results, which I expect will be positive. We are exploring new territory with online learning, and experiments such as [CCC]’s will provide vital data points as the community figures out what the next steps should be.”
“I am intrigued by the plan to add a fourth credit hour to your courses … it makes obvious sense. That extra credit hour makes the digital engagement an essential and meaningful part of the course. I think it is very likely your experiment will be successful and look forward to see[ing] the results. You’ve neatly avoided the trap of award badges for in class work students [are] already doing.”
Dr. Sanjay Sarma, Director of Digital Learning at MIT
Dr. Daniel Laughlin, Digital Media Learning Fellow, NASA Office of Education
What They're Tweeting About Us
"[CCU] will use #openbadges to enhance students’ literacy skills in CCC program – great initiative! #DigHum"
"CCC is on the right track to providing meaningful badges for their students. Can’t wait to see what they do next! #openbadges"
Annalisa Manca, Educational Technologist at the University of Dundee, United Kingdom
Dan Randall, author of
“Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: Designing Open Badges for a Technology Integration Course”
How it Works
The Catalyst
Today's Objectives
To collect faculty insight into the program
To collaborate with faculty to improve the CCC
To demonstrate the CCC
To have a conversation about digital badges
To plan for the future implementation of the CCC
Want To Get Started?
You can offer the
Writing Center
badge now!
The CCC has received the BadgeOS Distinguished Site Award.
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