Badges liberate mobile learning?September 15th, 2011 at 10:45
I just listened to the HASTAC / MacArthur/ Mozilla Foundation announcement on the DML Competition and badges.
Badges as assessment/proof-of-accomplishment tools are especially intriguing in that they could liberate the inquiry-based mobile learner to pursue his/her questions more freely, flexibly. Mobiles, I believe, open up new learning possibilities in that they offer the power of the Internet in the student pocket (“anytime, anywhere” or “anyhow, anyway”) while untethering the learner from the traditional institutional strictures (class periods, school buildings, etc.). This move into new learning environments is often unmappable to state/federal standards. Badges, then, hopefully, might address new assessment needs that arise from mobile learning.
This of course is just the start of a long conversation regarding mobile learning and assessment.