Digital Directions in Learning: Assessing Progress--Badges as a New Tool
The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) hosted "Digital Directions in Learning", an online discussion series with leaders and researchers in public education, after school programming, museum education, and educational technology on the last Wednesday of each month, in February-June 2014. Welcome: Pino Monaco, Associate Director of Program Evaluation and Audience Research Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, Smithsonian Institution Moderator: Claudine Brown, Assistant Secretary for Education and Access, Smithsonian Institution Panelists: Jennifer Borland,Senior Evaluator and Digital Media Evaluation Specialist, Rockman et al Jennifer Borland has been evaluating educational programs and products for nearly two decades. During her tenure with the independent evaluation firm, Rockman Et Al, she has specialized in the evaluation of digital learning programs and products including websites, games, handheld apps, and other digital media. Jennifer's evaluation portfolio includes work with the American Museum of Natural History, PBS Kids, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Microsoft Partners in Learning, and numerous projects funded by the National Science Foundation. For the past two years, Jennifer has led the evaluation of Smithsonian Quests, an online, quest-based learning and digital badging program. Her evaluation efforts incorporate a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods to identify key factors that influence participants' success and subsequent outcomes. Kate Haley Goldman, Senior Education Associate, National Center for Interactive Learning Kate Haley Goldman spent 10 years as a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Learning Innovation. Her work concentrates on furthering theory and practice of the use of technology in museums and related informal learning environments. She has directed projects both in the U.S. and abroad, involving exhibits and program evaluation, mobile phones and smartphone apps, websites, gaming, augmented and mixed reality, novel data visualization systems, and online learning. Robert Stein, Deputy Director, Dallas Museum of Art Robert Stein founded the Laboratory for Innovation in Museum Technology at the DMA applying the principles of startup venture capital to solving classic problems in museums. Stein also established funding for Visitor Research and Evaluation investigating visitor experience between art and science museums.