Integrating Open Digital Badges in an Undergraduate Writing Classroom

By Mark Mabrito.

Published by Journal of Communication and Media Studies

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In the context of an undergraduate course in writing for interactive media, open digital badges were created as a way of documenting student accomplishments for their coursework. Additionally, badges were used as framework for students to brand themselves professionally as writers of interactive media. The course was unique in that it served two purposes: course awarded college credit and met in a classroom, and it was also part of a collaborative effort with a local newspaper that had recently launched a new digital app targeted at an audience of millennials. This connection meant that the work students produced in the course was also considered for professional publication online. The purpose of this current study was to see if students would apply for digital badges that provided credentials to students based on their accomplishments and also to assess students’ reactions to earning open digital badges in an educational context. The majority of students successfully applied for and received digital badges, used those badges to market themselves to future employers, and reported an overall positive assessment of the badging experience.

Keywords: Digital Badges, Writing, Interactive Media

The Journal of Communication and Media Studies, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.15-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 688.514KB).

Dr. Mark Mabrito

Associate Professor, Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, IN, USA

Mark Mabrito is an Associate Professor of English at Purdue University Northwest.