The merit of badges:
Define a useful skill set.
Specify a goal.
Badges are sometimes thought of as deriving from gamification. But they are widely used in more serious activities, though with different names. And they may be used because they are thought of as motivators. But, with proper design, they can serve other useful functions as well.
Goal seeking: a useful skill
The naming of badges
- Merit badges
- The education system awards badges.
- The Red Cross awards badges.
- They use other names: certifications, degrees, completing a grade.
- But they all require the same: demonstrate a specified skill set.
- Badge is well suited to microlearning.
- A skill set is developed by practice and demonstrated by execution.
- Badge model of gamification
- Use-targeted learning plan for schools in digital worlds. Learners can pick the skills they need for the uses they intend. Gamified as a model
The badge system serves motivation and more
- It aims at a valuable skill set, such as First aid.
- It specifies the contents of that skill set.
- It specifies how to demonstrate the required skills.
- It can mark a step toward a larger goal (a set of badges).
- It is a short term goal that offers practice in goal-seeking.
- It encourages self-directed learning.
- It gives social recognition of learning achievement.
- It reduces test anxiety, because learners take the test when they are ready.
- And the "test" consists of demonstrating well practiced skills.