Design Patterns for Badge Systems in Higher Education

Hans Põldoja, Pirje Jürgens, Mart Laanpere

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Open Badges as a method for assessment and recognition of learning originates from the context of informal learning. Thus, it cannot be introduced into formal higher education without reconsidering the existing assessment processes. This paper presents experiences from three years of using Open Badges in a master level course. In each iteration, the badge system was revised based on learners’ feedback. Special attention was given to supporting learners with different learning styles. To summarize our findings, this paper proposes a set of design patterns for developing badge systems in higher education. While the learning styles proved to be useful as generic design guidelines for separating two alternative learning pathways for the course, more research is needed on advanced learning-style-based learning pathways.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Web-Based Learning – ICWL 2016
Subtitle of host publication15th International Conference, Rome, Italy, October 26–29, 2016, Proceedings
EditorsDickson K.W. Chiu, Ivana Marenzi, Umberto Nanni, Marc Spaniol, Marco Temperini
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-47440-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Web-based Learning - Rome, Italy
Duration: 26 Oct 201629 Oct 2016
Conference number: 15

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Web-based Learning
Abbreviated titleICWL


  • Open Badges
  • Assessment
  • Higher education


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