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Daniel T. Hickey to present Waterbury Lecture on badging

Indiana University professor will speak at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in Chambers Building.

Digital badges will be the topic of the day from 1:30-3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 when Daniel T. Hickey, a professor in the Indiana University Learning Sciences Program, speaks at Krause Innovation Studio in Chambers Building as part of the Waterbury Lecture Series.

Daniel T. Hickey
Daniel T. Hickey
Hickey will present “Competencies vs. Credit Hours in Open Digital Badges: New Solutions from the Learning Sciences.’’ He is recognized as a major leader in this area as a learning scientist at Indiana, according to Richard Duschl, the Waterbury Chaired Professor of Secondary Education at Penn State.

Duschl said Hickey’s Waterbury Lecture presentation will summarize relevant examples and evidence from a two-year study of the 29 projects funded in the 2012 Badges for Lifelong Learning initiative and the current Open Badges in Higher Education project.

Digital badges are evidence-rich micro-credentials that can contain specific claims and detailed evidence. Duschl said there is interest in badging at Penn State, led by the Center for Online Innovations and Learning (COIL) with Lawrence Ragan and Kyle Peck. That’s coupled with the University’s strong interest in online learning, the World Campus.

“When we think about them in the digital world, it’s possible for these badges to be a much more enriching portrayal of a person’s background,’’ Duschl said. “It’s meant to be more than just a transcript of courses taken. It can go another layer or two deeper and say, ‘here are the courses I’ve taken and inside these courses, here are the competencies and skills I have developed.’’’

Hickey, who completed his doctorate in psychology at Vanderbilt as well as a postdoctoral fellowship at Educational Testing Service, is directing the Open Badges in Higher Education project. He has directed projects funded by NSF, NASA, Google and the MacArthur Foundation, and he studies participatory approaches to assessment, feedback and motivation in technology-based context.

The Waterbury Lecture is sponsored by an endowment from Kenneth Waterbury to the Penn State College of Education to create the Kenneth B. Waterbury Chair in Secondary Education.

Jim Carlson (November 2015)