How Virtual “Badges” Can Enhance Your Online Students’ Motivation

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As video games have demonstrated, players will often go the extra mile to earn virtual badges or achievements. This same desire for recognition and “visual” achievement can be used to motivate learners and document or certify their skills. However, the reward structure that leads to badges needs to be carefully constructed in order to be effective. In this workshop, you will learn how virtual badges can be effective, how to choose appropriate behaviors to earn badges, and how to create badges (also known as Achievements) in Blackboard.

As a result of attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify and choose behaviors that are appropriate for earning badges/achievements; and
  • Create an Achievement in Blackboard.

Session Date

  • 2/29/2016

    Monday, 12–1 p.m.
    Delphi Center Lab

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Presenter Bio

Beth Case is program manager for digital, emerging, and assistive technologies at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. She has two master’s degrees, one in clinical psychology and one in instructional technology. She is also completing her dissertation for a doctoral degree in instructional technology. Prior to returning to graduate school, Beth worked in postsecondary disability services for 13 years. Her background in both disability services and instructional technology has prepared her for helping faculty make online courses accessible to students with disabilities. She stays on top of emerging trends in using technology in education and enjoys sharing that knowledge with others.

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