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Digital badges: An evaluation of their use in a Psychiatry module

Truskowska, Edyta, Emmett, Yvonne and Guerandel, Allys (2023) Digital badges: An evaluation of their use in a Psychiatry module. Asia Pacific Scholar, 8 (2). pp. 47-56. ISSN 24249335

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Introduction: Digital Badges have emerged as an alternative credentialing mechanism in higher education. They have data embedded in them and can be displayed online. Research in education suggests that they can facilitate student motivation and engagement. The authors introduced digital badges in a Psychiatry module in an Irish University. Completion of clinical tasks during the student’s clinical placements, which were previously recorded on a paper logbook, now triggers digital badges. The hope was to increase students’ engagement with the learning and assessment requirements of the module. Methods: The badges – gold, silver and bronze level – were acquired on completion of specific clinical tasks and an MCQ. This was done online and student progress was monitored remotely. Data was collected from the students at the end of the module using a questionnaire adapted from validated questionnaires used in educational research. Results: The response rate was 68%. 64% of students reported that badges helped them achieve learning outcomes. 68% agreed that digital badges helped them to meet the assessment requirements. 61% thought badges helped them to understand their performance. 61% were in favour of the continuing use of badges. Qualitative comments suggested that badges should contribute to a higher proportion of the summative mark, and identified that badges helped students to structure their work. Conclusions: The findings are in keeping with the literature in that engagement and motivation have been facilitated. Further evaluation is required but the use of badges as an educational tool is promising.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Continuous Assessment; Digital Badges; Gamification; Health Profession Education; Medical Education; Students’ Engagement
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > E-Learning
Divisions: Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2023 09:31
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2023 09:31

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