Initial Reflections on The Hyperlinked Library MOOC and the Badges I Have Acquired

Brian Kelly, Sharing, Sept 02, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Brian Kelly's post strikes at the nib of the debate (to my mind) concerning badges. On the one hand, he writes, "I have to admit that I found this rather cheesy; I felt the system was patronizing me." This after receiving badges for joining a group, accepting a friend request, and updating an avatgar. Really basic stuff. But then, he notes, "in a recent post Michael Stephens suggested that 'Happiness is unlocking a badge!' and one fellow student responded: 'I’ve always been an intrinsically motivated kinda person, but this having little nuggets to ’win’ is stepping it up a notch!'." So, which perspective prevails? You can't say "both".

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