Debate: Is there a role for badges in Higher Education?

Our next Teaching and Learning Conversation with take place on Monday 26th October (12:30-13:30 BST) and will debate the question “Is there at role for badges in Higher Education?”

The debate format of this TLC will provide participants with an opportunity to experience something different to the common, single room, large group webinar format by using breakout rooms to allow small groups to discuss the topic and formulate questions to put to the debate leaders. We hope that this will provide a very engaging and participatory webinar experience and give lots of opportunities to interact with other participants and the presenters.

For the uninitiated “A badge is a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest.” (Badge Alliance, 2014).

Our debate will focus on the concept of Digital Badges as an online representation of skills earned and Open Badges that take this concept one step further by allowing verification of skills, interests and achievements through credible organizations and attached metadata (see Badge Alliance, 2014 for further details).

Making the case in favor of badges will be National Teaching Fellow and TLC founder Chrissi Neratnzi. The case against will be put by Professor
Ale Armellini.
 Chriss Nerantzi  Ale Armellini
Read Chrissi’s short positioning statement here. Read Ale’s short positioning statement here.

Please take the time to look at Chrissi’s and Ale’s positioning statements before the webinar debate.

Joining the webinar debate: 

Simply follow this link and enter as a guest by typing your name, institution and country into the name field and clicking on the “Join Meeting” button.

Whether or not you have previously participated in a webinar or online activity using Adobe Connect we advise that you make sure that you do some checking and preparation in advance. Check your set-up and connection here.

During the breakout groups all participants will be given the opportunity to use audio and video features should they wish.  However, chat box tools will also be made available to enable those who do not wish to do so to contribute.  We highly recommend that participants take the time to check that they have the appropriate equipment and that the computer is set up to provide the best possible audio video experience during the webinar by following the instructions provided above.

You may also find our Adobe Connect Webinar Participant Guide useful to print out in advance of the session.We really hope that you will be able to join for what should be a lively and highly interactive TLC.

The TLC team

If you require any further information about this webinar debate please contact either Rod Cullen ( or Calum Thomson (

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About Rod Cullen

I am a Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching Technologies in the Learning Innovation Team at Manchester Metropolitan University. I have gained considerable experience over almost 20 years in design, delivery and evaluation of online learning, teaching and assessment. I am particularly interested in assessment and feedback practice as well as the emerging role of web conferencing technologies to support blended and distance learning.

2 thoughts on “Debate: Is there a role for badges in Higher Education?

  1. Many thanks to both debaters. I found the discussion stimulating.

    Just wondered if the presentations were going to be shared more widely? I found the literature references interesting and wanted to follow them up.

    All best


    • Hi Chris, we are working on a follow-up blog post responding to some of the questions that were posed during to the debate. We intend to add links to the slides used in the post. Please, bear with us while we get this ready. Rod


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