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Using Digital Badges to Design a Comprehensive Model for High-Impact Experiential Learning

Using Digital Badges to Design a Comprehensive Model for High-Impact Experiential Learning
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Author(s): Mara B. Huber (University at Buffalo, USA), Christina L. Heath (University at Buffalo, USA), Charles D. Baxter (University at Buffalo, USA) and Anne Reed (University at Buffalo, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 17
Source title: Handbook of Research on Credential Innovations for Inclusive Pathways to Professions
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Yi Huang (Coppin State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3820-3.ch021

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Abstract

This chapter details the design, implementation, and promise of the Project Portal, a co-curricular badge system, as an exciting example of how digital badges can transcend traditional notions of credentialing. The authors begin by detailing their design approach, which frames goals within hypotheses and research questions, allowing for optimizing implementation based on student outcomes and ongoing data collection. The authors then share a comprehensive model through five primary functional lenses: (1) generating diverse applied learning opportunities, (2) incentivizing, (3) facilitating and (4) assessing student engagement, and (5) leveraging related impacts. Although still in its infancy, the model suggests that these functionalities are individually important and collectively sufficient to activate the promise of high-impact experiential learning as a driver for student and community impact along with key institutional priorities.

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