Peer-supported badge attribution in a collaborative learning platform
Badges are used to evidence the user's role the achievement of specific goals.Badges are being given to students by students (peer-attribution).The attribution of badges is still mostly in the hands of the teachers.Badges associated with the user's role are visible in the profile page.Badges for special achievements in the academic field are mostly kept private. The development of technology and namely of the Internet changed the way learners and educational institutions see and understand learning, collaboration and knowledge construction. In the educational field, game-based elements such as digital badges have been proposed and used to assess, recognize and validate knowledge construction and are considered as an effective way to improve and structure collaborative peer-based learning communities. This paper introduces the SAPO Campus badging system, a project that is being developed at the University of Aveiro (Portugal), which addresses the potential of a peer-supported badging system in the promotion of a more participatory learning community.