Testing Badges at Adelphi University

Starting in the fall of 2015, the Program in Educational Technology, in collaboration with the professors and colleges at Adelphi, will be piloting the use of badges and gamification in its courses, starting with the use of badges on Moodle.

More and more institutions of higher education and workplaces are playing around with the use of badges as an additional layer of feedback and we're hoping to bring it to Adelphi soon.

I'm excited to be testing it on my course - EDT 503 - Technology and the School Curriculum, in August. I've already designed a system of badges to be used. This is new territory for me but I'm looking forward to it.

For an excellent annotated bibliography on digital badges, check out:

Grant, S. & Shawgo, K.E. (2013). Digital Badges: An Annotated Research Bibliography. Retrieved from http://hastac.org/digital-badges-bibliography.


Adelphi Ed Tech Tackles Diet and Nutrition

Every spring, our students have to complete a multimedia project based on a theme that they voted on in the fall semester. Last year, the students addressed the issue of income inequality in society. This spring, they tackle diet and nutrition. Diet and nutrition impacts all of us, every day, all year round. There are thousands of websites, videos, and blogs devoted to the topic of diet and nutrition, maintained by experts ranging from scientists, nutritionists, to people with self-proclaimed expert status (e.g., “foodie”). Over the past decade, concepts and labels like gluten-free, local, organic, sustainable, cage free, farm fresh, humanely raised, grass-fed, hormone free, pasture-raised, (All) Natural, the Atkins diet, the Paleo diet, the South Beach Diet, the Master Cleanse, the Zone Diet, Weight Watchers, Mediterranean Diet, Volumetrics, Raw Food Diet, NutriSystem, and Macrobiotic Diet (just to name a few!) have permeated our vocabulary. Diet and nutrition is clearly an important topic for everyone to think about.


Over the break, the students were assigned to read The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, a book that challenges us to think about where our food comes from and how we eat. In it, Pollan traces the source of four meals and looks at industrial farming, Big Organic foods, small and self-sustaining farms, and self-foraging.

Students in both our campuses (in Manhattan and Garden City) are asked to create a multimedia project based on this theme. This course is structured based on the studio-learning format, during which students will first pitch their idea, then manage it over the course of the semester. They'll do a final presentation in front of a panel of judges and audiences and talk about their process.

Stay tuned for updates.

Locked in a Room

On June 25th, a group of students (Katy, Miheliwan and Christiana), faculty (Matt and Aaron) and a friend (Nicholas) were locked in a room for one hour as part of the “Escape the Room” experience. Once we went in, the door was locked and a computer started to count down from one hour. During this time, we had to solve a series of puzzles in order to unlock additional clues that would eventually lead us to a key that would open the locked door. If we can escape the room in this time, we “win.” (There is no prize, just bragging right, since only 15% of the participants is said to make it out in time). The experience – entitled simply “The Room” – allows for a maximum of six people to participate, and is set in a kind of Victorian setting. The puzzles didn’t need worldly knowledge (although they can help to some extent). In order not to ruin the fun for future attendees, we won’t go into the details of the puzzles, or how we solved them. But we will talk about what the experience allowed us to think about after the fact. Oh, by the way, we made it out in time!
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