The Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR) is pleased to announce that seven of its researchers were recently featured in a new book about digital badges published by Springer. The new book entitled “Foundation of Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Demonstrating and Recognizing Knowledge and Competencies” features scholarly research and writings on topics about the use of digital badges and micro-credentials in education. Edited by Dirk Ifenthaler, Nicole Bellin-Mularski, and Dana-Kristin Mah, the book is divided into five parts featuring various topics such as the theoretical foundation of digital badges, technological frameworks and implementation, learning and instructional design considerations, case studies, and the epilogue. It features more than 530 pages and 28 chapters by various scholars throughout the world regarding digital badges and the applications to education.
Two of the chapters (chapters 1 and 15) featured contributions by seven CEITR researchers. Chapter 1 was written by Drs. Larry Ellis, Sandra Nunn, and John Avella. This chapter, entitled “Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Historical Overview, Motivational Aspects, Issues, and Challenges,” served as the introductory chapter for Part I of the book to provide an overview of the different functions and uses of digital badges in different modern applications such as sports and education. Additionally, Chapter 15 featured in Part III of the book was written by Drs. Barbara Fedock, Mansureh Kebritchi, Rebecca Sanders, and Alicia Holland. Entitled “Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Digital Age Classroom Practices, Design Strategies, and Issues,” this chapter provided insights into practices, strategies, and issues regarding the use of digital badges in classroom environments.
Having seven researchers from University of Phoenix and from CEITR contribute to this book represents a tremendous achievement. It demonstrates the commitment of our researchers to enhancing scholarship and collaborating on furthering research regarding technology in education.
The book took more than a year of diligent work by each of the researchers before final publication in June 2016. It is currently available for purchase as a hardcopy or as a downloadable ebook via Springer. In addition, the individual chapters are available for purchase through the book website at Springer. The book site at Springer is located at: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319154244
Ellis, L. E., Nunn, S. G., & Avella, J. T. (2016). Digital badges and micro-credentials: Historical overview, motivational aspects, issues, and challenges. In D. Ifenthaler, N. Bellin-Mularski, & D. K. Mah (Eds.), Foundation of digital badges and micro-credentials: Demonstrating and recognizing knowledge and competencies (pp. 3-21). Retrieved from http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319154244
Fedock, B., Kebritchi, M., Sanders, R., & Holland, A. (2016). Digital badges and micro-credentials: Digital age classroom practices, design strategies, and issues. In D. Ifenthaler, N. Bellin-Mularski, & D. K. Mah (Eds.), Foundation of digital badges and micro-credentials: Demonstrating and recognizing knowledge and competencies (pp. 273-286). Retrieved from http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319154244