Saturday, July 1, 2017

A badge will give a faculty member a boost - Matt Zalaznick, University Business

Badges have not just motivated students to take a deeper look at the skills they’ve earned. Several institutions also issue badges for professional development. At Emporia State University in Kansas, badges awarded to faculty who’ve completed a course in online teaching readiness have been viewed online more than any badge the institution offers to students or instructors. “Faculty are parlaying that into potential evidence for tenure and promotions,” says Rob Gibson, director of learning technologies. Auburn University in Alabama does not specifically mandate professional development. So, Lindsay Doukopoulos, assistant director of the university’s Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, launched a badging program in April 2017 to incentivize participation in the university’s workshops.

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