A New Approach to Assessing Online Intercultural Exchanges: Soft Certification of Participant Engagement

Hauck, Mirjam and MacKinnon, Teresa (2016). A New Approach to Assessing Online Intercultural Exchanges: Soft Certification of Participant Engagement. In: O'Dowd, Robert and Lewis, Tim eds. Online Intercultual Exchange: Policy, Pedagogy, Practice. Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication (4). New York: Routledge, pp. 209–234.

Abstract

In this chapter we propose a framework for badging as an incentive for participant engagement with each other and with tasks during Online Intercultural Exchanges OIEs, drawing on Cross and Galley’s (2012) badge typology. To that effect we will take O’Dowd and Ware’s (2009) overview of the main categories of OIE tasks as a starting point and suggest a way in which the various roles of badges as identified by Cross and Galley (2012) can be mapped onto O’Dowd and Ware’s (2009) taxonomy. Our approach is informed by insights gained during a pilot implementation of Open Badges in the context of an established large scale OIE between a French and a British Higher Education Institution called Clavier.

We will discuss the significance of motivation in OIE activity. We will also provide a general introduction to badges and their use in education. This is followed by a presentation of Cross and Galley’s (2012) typology of badges and the underlying pedagogical rationale for badge implementation in OIEs drawing on O’Dowd and Ware’s (2009) typology of OIE tasks. We then propose a framework for Open Badges in OIE before the chapter draws to a conclusion with some recommendations for the successful integration of Open Badges in OIE.

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