Toward a Comprehensive Theoretical Framework for Designing Digital Badges



Digital badges, as emerging trend in education technology, present a new means of assessment in the form of granular microcredentials. The problem facing educators is that distributed learning across various domains and contexts is not captured or structured effectively. This chapter will attempt develop a framework for designing digital badge systems to help address this issue. The authors first present a range of related theories that could support the design of digital badges, including enabling learning autonomy and personalization from the self-regulated learning perspective, goal setting, and pertinent motivating factors found in digital games. The culmination of these theories is then presented as a comprehensive framework which, in turn, could possibly lay the foundation for the design and implementation of digital badge systems.


Digital badges Theoretical framework Self-regulated learning Goal setting Reward systems Video games 


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  1. 1.Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA

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