Conversation Starters: Achievement unlocked: Motivating and assessing user learning with digital badges

Sunday, June 30, 2013 -
9:15am to 10:00am

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Moderator: Annie Pho, Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago
Moderator: Nicole Pagowsky, Instructional Services Librarian, University of Arizona
Moderator: Young Lee, Reference/Electronic Resources Librarian, University of La Verne College of Law

Libraries have increasingly begun to explore incorporating game design elements, such as digital badges, in their services to engage their user populations. Video games use digital badges to benchmark a player’s achievement as they progress throughout a game. Digital badges used in a real life setting can do this as well, as a way to assess a user’s progression as they develop a skill set. Digital badges are a wonderful way to highlight achievements, skill development, and learning in an online environments. Some libraries have begun to implement badge systems in various ways to assess and keep track of their users’ achievements.

Annie Pho, Young Lee, and Nicole Pagowsky will facilitate this conversation starter by discussing how libraries are using digital badges, current projects, and how attendees can implement badge systems in their own institutions. Panelists and attendees are encouraged to participate in a moderated discussion and share experiences or tips on using digital badges.

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Monday, June 3, 2013 - 12:46pm CDT
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Hello all! If you are interested in learning more about digital badges or gamification please check out my blog post on it:

Additionally, if you'd like more hands on practice with digital badges, please do this tutorial: and set up an account with Mozilla's BackPack ( so you can display the badge you will earn when you attend our session! Thanks!!