Digital Badges for High Impact
CSU Channel Islands Proposal for Foundation Funds
Dr. Jaime Hannans
Connection to Mission
The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) identifies service learning, community-based learning, internships, collaborative assignments and projects, and undergraduate research as high impact education practices.
- Student Centered
The use of digital badges with students' in higher education have been found to be motivational, increasing learning engagement, and offering a visual representation of accomplishing a goal. Digital badges can be displayed in e-portfolio's or using social media demonstrating outcomes met. The use of digital badges may be motivating for the technology generation and individualizing the learning process.
- Integrative Approaches
The use of digital badges can be explored to assess the application of its use campus wide. Digital badges have been found to encourage the development of habits of inquiry and innovation, while learners take ownership of their own progress. Relevant visual representation of meeting learning targets using digital badges can be utilized to focus on professional identity development. (Mehta, Hull, Young, & Stoller, 2013)
- Focus on Experiential and Service Learning
Experiential and service learning opportunities through clinical courses are a core part of the nursing curriculum. Linck (2014) However, there are not visual representations to identify what achievements and skills have been met in these experiential learning opportunities. Service learning opportunities, volunteer work, campus projects, preceptorships, experiential learning opportunities, and course work could be recognized using digital badges. Digital badges can further demonstrate student achievement in the integration of knowledge to practice in service learning.
- International Affairs and Multicultural Engagement
Students working toward the development of a multicultural perspective, on campus, or though international course work can be recognized for their work. Across programs, students who are interested can identify how other digital badges are attained, further blending knowledge between students and faculty campus wide.