Earning Course Badges


This course operates on a badge system. Below are brief descriptions of the badges available to be earned as part of the course.

Students enrolled in MEDT 7472: Introduction to Distance Education at the University of West Georgia can click here to see an additional badge specific to their course.
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Virtual School Novice (complete for all 8 topics to earn the badge)
  • Skim the topic readings.
  • Complete the activity(ies) listed for each topic.
  • Write a short blog post summarizing what you’ve learned about the topic and why you think the topic is important.
  • Write a final post linking to the 8 previous posts related to this badge and announcing your intent to have completed the badge.

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Virtual School Apprentice (complete for 5 topics to earn the badge)
  • Carefully read the topic readings.
  • Find two additional scholarly resources (peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, etc.) and five other resources (videos, readings, podcasts, etc.) that provide additional information relevant to the topic.
  • Write a blog post linking to the additional and summarizing the additional material contained in each.
  • Write a blog post proposing a research study by which key assumptions of the topic could be (in)validated. Don’t worry about identifying specific participants, etc. Describe what you believe would be the ideal research setting, participants, data collection, and analysis methodologies.
  • Write a final post linking to your previous posts related to this badge and announcing your intent to have completed the badge.

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Virtual School Designer (complete for 2 topic to earn the badge)
  • Design a badge for the class, including a name, expertise level, and statement of work.
  • Complete the badge yourself.
  • Blog about your proposed badge. Include all the information necessary for someone to complete the badge. Also include your worked example and a description of how it meets the badge requirements.
  • Monitor the class hashtag for someone else who claims to have completed your badge. Judge their work and decide whether they meet your criteria or not. Award the badge as appropriate.
  • You earn the Virtual School Designer badge when you award your badge to someone other than yourself.
  • Write a final post linking to your previous posts related to this badge and announcing your intent to have completed the badge.

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Virtual School Evangelist (complete for 1 topic to earn the badge)
  • Construct an argument by which you could persuade someone to adopt the topic as an ongoing practice. Your argument should include at least five elements (kinds of evidence), with references. Write a blog post describing your argument in detail.
  • Have a conversation with someone in the K-12 education system in which you use your argument to try to persuade them to adopt the topic as an ongoing practice.
  • Without revealing his or her identity, write a blog post describing your conversation and the reactions, responses, counterarguments, and concerns of the K-12 education system official and announcing your intent to have completed the badge.

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Virtual School Researcher (complete the four other badges to earn the badge)
  • Blog about what you have learned from this MOOC.
  • Complete Virtual School Novice, Virtual School Apprentice, Virtual School Designer, and Virtual School Evangelist badges.

List of Participant Badges Earned

The outline for these badges were modeled after David Wiley's Introduction to Openness in Education MOOC. And thanks to Darren Cannell for the design of the actual badges.