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Connecting Badges Project: What online communities inspire you? (Survey)

October 10th, 2013 by

What online communities inspire you? How about online affinity spaces using
digital badges in novel ways? *Help us crowdsource further online spaces
where we can investigate social expertise and online interest-driven

Digital badges are a promising and interesting new means of capturing,
assessing and motivating learning. Badges can serve as both inspiration for
future learning in informal learning environments, and as recognition of
expertise in ways that are not easily captured with traditional means of

The Connecting Badges Project investigates how badges and other recognition
systems work in the overall learning and participatory ecologies of online
communities. How do participants in interest-driven online spaces conceive
of these systems, and how do they evaluate the legitimacy of them? Do
digital badges capture expertise in online affinity spaces, and if so, what
kinds of expertise? And for what ends?
The Connecting Badges Project is directed by Dr. Sean C. Duncan, and housed
in Indiana University’s Center for Research on Learning and

The project is funded by HASTAC <> through the Digital
Media and Learning Research Competition on Badging and Badge Systems
and is managed through the Digital Media & Learning Research
For a detailed description of the project, please visit the project

Sean Duncan is an Assistant Professor in Indiana University’s Learning
Sciences program and a Research Scientist at Indiana University’s Center
for Research on Learning and Technology, where he directs the Playful
Culture Lab ( In a recent Digital Media and
Learning Research Competition, Sean was awarded a grant to pursue a
year-long project entitled “Connecting Badges and Expertise in
Interest-Driven Affinity Spaces.” You can find out more about the project