1. Marc Lesser
  2. https://mouse.org/marc-lesser
  3. Chief Learning Officer
  5. Education Development Center (EDC), Mouse, Parsons School of Design
  1. Jaime Gutierrez
  3. Education Development Center (EDC)
  1. Wendy Martin
  2. http://www.edc.org/wendy-martin
  3. Research Scientist
  5. Education Development Center (EDC)

Investigating Digital Badges as Alternative Credentials to Broaden STEM Parti...

NSF Awards: 1614727

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

Digital badges are a promising technology that aid young people in building new pathways to college and careers. Education providers and cultural partners that use digital badge systems are collaborating on methods for youth to receive recognition, and in some cases college-level credit, for achievements outside of school. The goal is to credential underserved youths’ validated out-of-school experiences and connect them to opportunities for more exploration and development in college and the workplace. “Design League Badge Portfolios” is a three-year National Science Foundation-funded research and development project that began in September 2016. This project is a collaboration among researchers, informal education providers, and higher education faculty. The goal of the project is to study whether and how the creation of “digital badge portfolios” (collections of badges earned and curated by youth) help underserved young people form “STEM identities.”

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