Call for Applications: DML, DML Competition, DML Research Competition
Deadline: Apply by January 6, 2012 on FastApps
Online networks, digital resources, and gaming environments provide rich opportunities for learning that is demand-driven and learner-centered. More and more people are turning to networked knowledge communities, online tutorials, and other digital resources for wide ranging learning needs. While learning is migrating to these more informal and non-institutionalized kinds of contexts, we still have little research that examines how people assess, recognize, and display the learning that happens in these settings.
What are the emerging techniques and practices for managing reputation and recognizing learning? What are the broad historical and structural understandings of how accreditation operates in our changing social and cultural environment? What systems exist for recognizing learning outside of formal degree and training programs? How do credentials and other displays of achievement operate in the digital and networked world? What kinds of skills and experiences have not been well captured by existing credentialing and recognition systems? How is the landscape of credentialing changing (or not) with the shift to digital and networked society?
We seek empirical and theoretical research focusing on these questions. Studies should focus on areas such as:
- Ranking, badging, and achievement systems in games, clubs, competitions, and other forms of interest-driven activities.
- Accreditation and certificates outside of formal degree programs, including areas such as work skills training, language, writing and critical capabilities, arts, crafts, and other trades.
- The role of credentials, badges, and other recognitions of achievement in career and reputation development.
- Empirical, theoretical, and critical studies of how companies, groups, institutions, and individuals produce, utilize, and exploit various credentialing and reputation systems.
- 1 Research grant, $60K+
- 2 Doctoral Grants, $20K each
- 1 Student Prize, $5K