Design Patterns for Badge Systems in Higher Education

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10013)


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.


Open Badges Assessment Higher education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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