I managed a project to create a system of badges to help promote awareness of openness and OER creation at the University of Michigan. I modeled workflows, and created wireframes to produce meaningful and simple interactions. I also designed and conducted a pilot test to survey badge recipients to test usability of the system and gauge interest in badges.

The intent behind the badges project is to harness the excitement created by those who share or advocate for sharing scholarly material and use that to gain momentum in the open education movement at the University of Michigan. To do this we are discovering (researching, designing and analyzing) badges as they apply to the various tasks of learning about and creating OER. We hope to be able to administer badges for a whole range of tasks and accomplishments – from student participation in dScribe to staff and faculty involvement in OER, Open Access, and open education.

Methods and Tools Used:

  • Contextual Inquiry
  • Survey Design
  • Project Management via Wiki
  • Badge System and Gamification Design