The Role, Implementation and Impact of Digital Open Badges on a Civil Engineering Degree
Dr Wayne Gibbons' EdD thesis evaluates an intervention intended to increase student engagement and motivation (two factors affecting retention) in a module on the Civil Engineering degree at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). This involved mapping the skills and behaviours required to succeed in the module to a set of digital open badges.
The implication of the findings is that digital open badges influence student engagement and motivation through building confidence and incentivising attendance. Stakeholders have recognised positive aspects, and there is an indication that digital open badges can play an important role in enhancing student employability.
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