Badge Science - The science behind Badge Forge
Designing a badge properly is a complex thing, at least it should be. If you don't believe us you should check out the research model we use to make decisions when we create custom versions of Badge Forge. Each decision point in the model can have a strong influence on how a badge affects behavior and learning. The benefit of Badge Forge is that issuers and earners are not beholden to a single set of badges. If a badge or series of badges are not yielding the desired results just scrap them and make some new ones. We see every badge as a little experiment. Each success and failure makes our knowledge of badge systems stronger. That strengthening of our collective knowledge is driven by our community's willingness to share what they have been using the Badge Forge to accomplish.
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Badge Science - Our four levels of validation
There has been a lot of discussion in the Open Badges community around how badges should be validated. We have taken a 4 layered approach to validating the badges that are earned on Badge Forge. When the criteria for a badge have been met it will have to be validated by one of the four following methods.
The order of the validation methods listed above is reflective of their reliability. The validation type of each badge earned on Badge Forge will be included in the meta-data of the badge.
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- Self-Reporting - Earners simply say "I did it".
- Crowd polling - A group of other users who are close to the earner confirm the badge was completed.
- Expert validation - An expert on the badge's subject matter confirms the criteria have been met.
- System confirmation - An automated system tied to our database confirms that the requirements have been met.
Badge Science - What's up with Meta and Incremental Badges?
A meta badge is earned by completing other badges with related subjects. For example, you could forge a meta badge called "Master Insect Hunter" that is earned when you have completed 5 insect collecting badges. The only criterion for a meta badge is completing the badges you link to it.
Incremental badges are groups of badges on a single topic that are in a series. Each badge is more difficult to complete than the one preceding it. For example, you could forge badges for running a mile in 8 minutes, then 7 minutes, and finally 6 minutes. When creating an incremental badge you will only have to increase the difficulty of a previously created badge.
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Forge Infestation Extermination! Since our launch there have been reports of small bug infestations in the forge (this is not surprising since we are still in beta). Thanks to reports from helpful users these bugs have been exterminated. The Badge Forge administrators would like to send out their thanks.