Cred.ly is an application used to create digital badge frameworks - you can design and award badges with specific criteria that you set. Users can then share badges that they've been awarded over social media.
Type of Material:
Assessment tool for classes looking to provide student autonomy over assignment selection and user path Credly badges can acknowledge teacher and staff professional development.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The purpose of Credly is to support achievement recognition. Credly's mission is to extend credit-earning and issuing out of its traditional realms into any setting where skills, knowledge, or contributions can and should be certified.
There are no specified learning goals, but the learning goals can be documented using the software.
Target Student Population:
All would benefit from the framework assuming that the assignments tied to the badges were appropriate for the target stakeholders
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
A basic understanding of the concept of badging is necessary, along with some pre-planning of the desired badges that you'd like to create. This may take a significant amount of time given the complexity of the badge constellation (map of all of your badges and how they relate).
Cred.ly guides users into their Badge Maker quickly and easily, giving users the opportunity to start designing their badge(s) without too much effort. A sequential wizard guides users through thinking about the various components necessary to build a meaningful badge.
There isn't enough information on the importance of planning out the components of a badge before launching people into badge creation. It would be nice if the site framed the creation of individual badges as part of a larger process that is best run through dedicated time for planning out the criteria, assessments and relationship with other badges.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Cred.ly was built with educators in mind, giving them a multitude of options for integrating a badging framework into their classroom. Free users can incorporate badges into their curriculum and align the badge with set learning outcomes.
There are tips and best practices offered on the Cred.ly blog, but it seems that they have not been updated for a few years now (2013 is the last entry on their site). In that many users will be cutting their teeth on the concept of badging through Cred.ly, it would be helpful to have current information on practices and examples.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
At the heart of the Cred.ly interface is the Badge Maker, and it is incredibly versatile and simple to use. With a few clicks, you are on your way to building and sharing your handiwork. Cred.ly works with many education partners, and as such, has strong connections to various LMS and platforms (WordPress).
The only concern is when adding color to the badge; the circle cursor in the color palette is hidden in the corners and needs to be dragged to the appropriate color scheme. This information is not intuitive to new users. This deficiency could cause many users to create black/white badges by default.
Some of the options for publishing are not easy to find, particularly when it comes to sharing badges and awarding credit. The system could offer more feedback on where/how users can easily set up their badge permissions so that they don't feel lost in this most critical of steps.
Other Issues and Comments:
Since this material is an app, it has some inherent characteristics expected in terms of privacy (badges can be hidden) and suitability for all users. There is a dearth of icons in the app's database, but custom images can be uploaded by the user.
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