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Select and Design Assessment

Build out your peer assessment with our basic rubric.

Your Task.

  • Select your badge type, and write a brief description of what project, skills or traits a learner would need to get the badge.
  • If you're choosing a "Skill" badge, also create a rubric and number of peers needed to review the badge.

What Is a Rubric?

Rubrics show a range of understanding or accomplishment. In short, they are often used to gauge how well a learner did something.  This type of feedback helps the learner with areas to improve.

An example rubric for a cooking-related badge could be:

  • How well did the user follow the recipe?
  • Did he/she document the process?
  • How did the food taste?

You can supply a range with your badge submission (ie. 1-4). This is what the rubric looks like in practice:


How Many Peers Need to Review the Badge?

Along with the rubric, how many peers need to review the submission? More than one reviewer makes the assessment more reliable. But it can also take longer to award the badge, so give that some thought when you are designing.

Task Discussion

  • v4lent1na said:

    All right, let's continue with the idea of a workshop to teach kids storytelling in journalism.
    Let's say I choose the skills badge.
    The skills they will need to acquire are as follows:
    - look for sources
    - gather info
    - put together info
    - write the story (or article).
    Number of peers needed to review the badge: 3.
    - how well did they do while gathering info?
    - ability to sort and put together info for the story
    - coherence and cohesion of their narrative.

    on Sept. 8, 2013, 8:28 a.m.
  • Leo Kindon said:

    The school community will award this community badge for the community service that the receiver has performed.

    If the receiver coaches younger students, the receiver  student would have to demonstrate proper knowledge of the game and ways to teach the skills to others.

    If the receiver tutors younger students, the receiver  would have to demonstrate his knowledge of the subject and acquire a recommendation from a member of the faculty in the particular area.

    If the receiver receives the badge for taking the time to help a peer or a younger student who is in need, the receiver would have to be nominated by a student or teacher who witnessed the action.

    The awarding of the badge would take place after a review of a committee of two peers, a counselor, and the director of the school’s Digital Badge program.

    on July 5, 2013, 11:07 a.m.
  • John Martin, aka EdVentures said:

    Select your badge type, and write a brief description of what project, skills or traits a learner would need to get the badge.

    Badge: Video Game Design & Development - Curriculum

    Type: Challenge Completion

    Criteria for award: As this is a completion award, learners will have participated (actively) in one of my VGDD workshops. The purpose of the workshop is for the teacher-learners to begin to understand the breadth of video game design and to start the process of remixing the content to create their own VGDD class in their school. Focal areas would include grade level for delivery, thematic approach (music, art, programming, math, science, etc.), project based delivery (where other disciplines such as reading, writing, business, math, science, etc. are the driver as opposed to it being a pure technology class). 

    Thoughts for development: I can see this as an entry level award, perhaps I'll add a Level 1 to the badge to denote the first step along the path to VGDD master status. Having watched Doug Belshaw's video about badge design

    I am beginning to think more geometrically about the process of attaining the VGDD badge - where learners gain specific skills in their own areas of focus (art, music, storytelling, programming, etc.) and which will facilitate a nonlinear route to attainment. I like his hexagonal design concept.

    on May 30, 2013, 10 a.m.
  • mixmaxmin said:

    My overall badge will only be awarded once each of the component badges are gained. Each badge will require 3 peer reviews with comments.

    The first component badge will be the copyright badge. This badge will be awarded after completing some tasks  that clearly show good understanding of the basic copyright rules.

    The second component badge will cover creative commons. This badge will be awarded after completing some tasks that show a reasonable understanding of the various CC licensing models.

    The thisrd component badge will be the Open Educational Resources badge and will be awarded in the same way as the others, showing that the person has a good grasp of OER.

    Once all three are awarded the overall badge will be awarded after just one peer review.

    on April 26, 2013, 11:19 p.m.
  • pinguroolz said:

    The "Thought Nutritionist" is a community badge which demonstrates a skill.

    Comments would have a thumbs up, or chow up ;0) button. When the nominator clicks this button, one third of the thought nutritionist badge is completed on the nominees profile, motivating them to contribute more.

    An explanation would be provided to the nominator asking if the nominee's post did any of the following;

    Encouraged open dialogue

    Built upon the posts of the previous participants

    Shared useful knowledge leading to the furthering of a solution or discussion.

    on March 12, 2013, 5:34 p.m.
  • HEI-ON Project said:


    • Select your badge type, and write a brief description of what project, skills or traits a learner would need to get the badge.

    The HEI-ON Project goal is to develop an online tool, intended for the use of any Higher Education Institution(HEI) that wishes, which will simplify and facilitate the development and dispatch of ECTS Learning Agreements in an online environment. In these terms the person, who wants our Badge needs to have knowledge about studying abroad and making the learning agreement (LA). 

    • If you're choosing a "Skill" badge, also create a rubric and number of peers needed to review the badge.

    The number of peer, who need to review the Badge is 0. Rubric would be a question: "How well did the user shared knowledge about studying abroad?"


    on Feb. 22, 2013, 5:41 a.m.
  • Anonym said:

    I would like to create a podaster badge for Grade 3 students who are just learning how to podcast. They could then put their badge on their blog. 

    The 3 badges would be given for podcasting. I am going to do this for other skills as well but going to start here.

    Junior Podcaster: 

    -Create a short podcast

    -Write a script for the podcast

    -Include intro music and exit music


    Intermediate Podcaster:

    -Must already have junior podcaster badge

    -Create a 2nd podcast with music and sound effects


    Advanced Podcaster:

    -Must already have intermediate podcaster badge

    -Create a podcast with images and or video

    -Must have music, script, sound effects

    on Jan. 22, 2013, 1:05 a.m.
  • Becky Heritage said:

    Participatory Culture Basic Skills Rubric


    Two rubric examples and rationales are posted below.


    • Establishment of Social Networking Sites: 1   2   3   4

      • Rubric Rationale: The more the participant is involved in the process, the better the score

        • 1 establish one account (Facebook) 
        • 2 establish one professional account (Linkedin)
        • 3 post content to professional account
        • 4 link non-professional account to professional account
    • Establishment of Photosharing Account: 1  2  3  4

      • Rubric Rationale: The more the participant is involved in the process, the better the score

        • 1 establish one photosharing account
        • 2 post content account
        • 3 establish file organzation on account (hierarchy of media organization)
        • 4 Link Photosharing account to non-professional social networking site
    on Jan. 19, 2013, 1:50 p.m.
  • Stephen Gilman said:


    Google Drive(er)
    Google Drive lets you create, share, collaborate on, store and access your documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more anywhere--on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. In this Sun River High School course, you will learn the basics of how to use Google Drive (previously called Google Docs).
    Skills Rubric 
    Each ability below receives a proficiency demonstration assessment of 4 = Professional User, 3 = Accomplished User, 2 = Developing User, 1 = Beginner
    • Log in to Google Drive [aka Docs]
    • Create new document
    • Name new document
    • Organize a new document into a folder
    • Create a new spreadsheet
    • Name a new spreadsheet
    • Organize a new spreadsheet into a folder
    • Edit a document and note that it is saved
    • Comment on a document for other users to see
    • Check revision history 
    • Revert document to previous save
    • Share a document online
    • Add a message to shared document and include copy of document in email notice
    • Share a document by email attachment
    Number of Peers needed to Review: 2
    Mean score needed: 3.5
    on Jan. 1, 2013, 9:17 p.m.
  • HAZZA24937 said:

    The badge will represent skills in using a Raspberry Pi, showing the basic principles in setting up any computer.

    Assessment: (1 being a poor understanding and 5 being a great understanding).

    The user knows what all the I/O does and is used for?     1  2  3  4  5

    The user had no problem imaging a SD card from a desktop or laptop?     1  2  3  4  5

    The user set up all the peripherals screen, keyboard and mouse?      1  2  3  4  5

    The user could connect ethernet and power and begin setup?     1  2  3  4  5

    The user could install and launch a program?     1  2  3  4  5

    on Dec. 18, 2012, 7:04 p.m.
  • Hampi Gogoi said:

    How well did the paricipater perform the task.

    on Dec. 9, 2012, 2:20 a.m.
  • Mathew said:

    Several administrators would have approval power

    on Dec. 8, 2012, 7:04 p.m.
  • Paps said:

    How well did the user perform the job - rating 1-4

    How long it took for the user to do the job rating 1-4

    on Nov. 26, 2012, 9:14 p.m.
  • clsaarinen said:

    continuing with my idea fo using badges for a prof dev workshop (unconference format)

    badge for session proposal (2+ particpant reviews; could be awarded by event organizers)

    Topic is relevant to the current state of the LMS market rating 1   2   3   4
    Topic addresses significant issues in LMS arena rating 1   2   3   4
    Topic provides an opportunity to look at a common issue in an uncommon way. rating 1   2   3   4
    Please explain your ratings:
    on Nov. 21, 2012, 12:09 a.m.
  • David Hopkins said:

    At the moment I have a number of ideas for using badges, none of them are fleshed out enough to put here yet, but they are all skill-based and will reflect this in the rubric I use when deciding whether the badges are awarded or not.

    This section highlighted t me the need to adequately plan the badge and it's associated activity(s) as well as the award itself.

    All the best, David

    on Sept. 10, 2012, 10:51 a.m.