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