Call for Proposals: Digital Media and Learning Badge Development Research Competition
7.27.12 | The Digital Media and Learning Competition on Badges for Lifelong Learning is seeking research proposals that support and inform the design, development and deployment of digital badges and badge systems.
The letter of intent application is due Aug. 27 and the final application is due Oct. 1. A workshop for awardees will be held in January 2013 at University of California, Irvine.
In March 2012, the Digital Media and Learning Competition (supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with HASTAC and Mozilla) awarded 30 development grants to support the creation of digital badges and badge systems that contribute to, identify, recognize, measure and account for learners’ new skills, competencies, knowledge and achievements. The badges aim to recognize learning both within and outside formal school settings. View the winning projects in two categories: Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition and Teacher Mastery and Feedback Competition.
“Digital badges have the potential to supercharge 21st-century learning,” David Theo Goldberg, director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute and co-founder of HASTAC, said when the winners were announced. “While we don’t yet know everything there is to know about how a digital badge ecosystem will work in the real world, we know that digital technologies are changing the way we learn, play, socialize and participate in civic life. The badge systems in this year’s Competition offer a promising platform to explore how we, as a society, can harness the power of digital media to advance learning in the U.S. and around the world.”
The research proposals can be submitted in any of the following categories:
1. The Digital Media and Learning Badges for Lifelong Learning general category, which supported the development of badges and badge systems across a diverse range of content, institutions, and approaches.
2. Project Mastery awards focusing on the efficacy of badging systems for learning at Gates Foundation supported Project Mastery sites (School District of Philadelphia, Adams County School District 50, Asia Society). Project Mastery projects promote learning that is mastery based and Common Core aligned. The aim is to support new learning and knowledge, real-world outcomes like jobs, credit for new skills and achievements, and whole new ways to level up in their life and work.
3. Teacher Mastery badge projects that track and promote feedback regarding the competencies, skills programs and subjects over which teachers acquire expertise. These include systems for recognizing and rewarding some of the capacities, skills and content needed to effectively teach math, literacy, or digital literacy skills and/or to effectively teach to the Common Core State Standards.
Head over to HASTAC to learn more about the research questions the competition is asking participants to consider and the application process.
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