Sheryl Grant is Director of Social Networking for the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition and a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science where she is studying value-driven design, badge system design, technology-mediated social participation, and reputation systems. She is Director of Badge Research at HASTAC and is serving as Research Chair for the Badge Alliance Research Working Group.
Monday, October 27, 2014
I often hear people say, “It’s not about the badge. It’s about the learning.” Well, yes. It is always good to bring the focus back to what we value. But, what if it really is about the badge? What if, by insisting on the learning, we miss something even more social, more fundamental than what is being learned. Before I get booed off the stage for saying this, let me explain. In 2013, each of the 30 Badges for Lifelong Learning projects responded to a series of questions about their first year of badge system design.