Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This paper is a good overview of the case for badges and a description (with some case studies) of their potential application, but aside from a one-sentence nod to Mozilla it does not get into any detail at all about a badging infrastructure in general, but rather, the institutional changes (for example, replacing the Carnegie unit) that badges would support. It's very much focused on the competency-based approach to badging, and with it, a formal and structured approach. I wish it had looked more widely at the discussions around badges over the years, and especially their application in a decentralized system of skills recognition (which it calls the 'first generation' approach to badging). Were I a cynic I would say that this is another example of an elite university taking a novel concept developed elsewhere and reforming it into something harmless and benign to existing entrenched interests.

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