According to new research by University at Buffalo education professor Sam Abramovich, The blend of digital technology and traditional merit badges, such as those earned by Boy and Girl Scouts, would provide an opportunity to both motivate and measure learning.

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Use of the modern digital badge — an online representation of mastery of knowledge or skills — can be a valuable supplement to the more established educational assessment tools such as the SAT and classroom grades, says Abramovich, an assistant professor in both the departments of Learning and Instruction, and Information and Library Studies in the Graduate School of Education.
“What badges can do is provide an avenue to create the next generation of assessments,” he says.

Abramovich and colleagues investigate the use of school-based badges in a new study forthcoming in the International Journal of Learning and Media, and in a previous study published in Educational Technology Research and Development.
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