Pushing the Frontiers of the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

Ambrose, G. Alex, Abbott, Kevin, Lanski, Alison (2017) “Under the Hood of a Next Generation Digital Learning Environment in Progress” Educause Review.

Key Takeaways

*A first-year experience course at the University of Notre Dame offered the opportunity to develop and test a next generation digital learning environment.

*As a guiding framework for the digital architecture of the new FYE course, the design team followed the five dimensions of an NGDLE described in an ELI report to close the gaps between current learning management tools and digital learning environments.

*The FYE course required innovating beyond the supplemental course-level learning management system to create a more holistic NGDLE in order to fully support the teaching, learning, and student success missions of the program.

*Because they used an open-source LMS, they had a flexible hub with a campus support staff that could quickly, inexpensively, and safely begin to innovate at scale without high vendor cost or long development times.


Digital Badging a Conference on Digital Portfolios & Badges

On May 11-12, 2016 The REAL Design Lab in the Kaneb Center for Teaching & Learning at the University of Notre Dame hosted the AAEEBL 2016 Midwest Regional Conference with a theme about how digital portfolios and badges could work together. To see the conference details, program schedule, and published slides click here.

One of the big problems we have seen so far with early conference badging is that they turn out to be what Chris Clark calls “warm-body” badges. These badges don’t have any meaning or value besides “I have been there and got the t-shirt.”

The conference committee and badge design team had a goal to model good quality and practice with conference badging. In addition, we wanted to recognize and motivate presenters to “micro-publish” their presentations so we could share their work with a larger community that could not attend the conference. So we created the AAEEBL Midwest Regional Conference Presenter Badge.


Click here to see verified page on Credly.

To read the presenter reflections and view their slides you can either click on the evidence link in their digital badges above or see our badge directory of presentation materials here

To look under the hood and see how we pulled this off see the concept map below:


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This hack of using LinkedIn Pulse (blog post) turned out be an effective platform for participants to share their public reflections, publish their slides (using Slideshare which was just bought out by LinkedIn) and also gave them a place to showcase their earned digital badge.

ND Issues (& Studies) 5 different Badges in 3 MOOCs issued to 233 global learners

Over the last year, The University of Notre Dame’s Kaneb Center for Teaching & Learning and the Office of Digital Learning issued and designed 5 different (Credly) Open Badges in 3 (edX) MOOCs to 233 learners around the globe.

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To read a white paper on examining digital badge impact on learners’ profiles, performance, & perceptions see: “Notre Dame Issues 151 Digital Badges in an edX MOOC

To view some slides about a study on the second MOOC Digital Badge see: “AAEEBL Conference Presentation on Role of Digital Badges in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

To hear a story from our third MOOC Digital Badge experience see: “What Alaa Taught us about Open Learning Evidence (in a MOOC with a Digital Portfolio & Badge)

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@NotreDame studies 5 different @Credly #Open Badges in 3 @edX #MOOCs issued to 233 global learners