Badge Make: Exploring Outcomes of Foundations Writing

Badge Make: Exploring Outcomes of Foundations Writing

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Your writing group will compose a 500-700 word exploratory essay the digs deeply into a particular outcome of English 1100. You will use what you learn from this inquiry to design a virtual badge that represents that outcome statement and communicates the processes and products that are necessary to earn the badge.

Rhetorical Situation

Audience: Your peers in English 1100

Purpose: To explain the outcome statement in ways that resonate with your peers, discuss the significance of the statement (why does it matter?), and provide concrete examples of how your peers can meet that outcome in English 1100.

Context: You are working to build particular expertise around one English 1100 outcome statement so that you can help your peers grasp the meaning of it. When shared as a class, these guides will help you assess your own writing in regards to course outcomes.

Medium: You will collaboratively compose your essay in a Google Document to share on our Google + Community. You will also design a virtual badge using Openbadges.me and upload that badge to Badg.us for assigning. In addition, you will set up a Mozilla Open Badges Backpack at backpack.openbadges.org to display the badges you earn this semester.

Arrangement: Your group will use the following subject headers (in this order):

  • Outcome Statement
  • Directly Quoted & Cited
  • Paraphrased (Restated in your own words for English 1100 peers)
  • Contextualized (How does this fit in with the other outcome statements?)
  • Insert a Picture of Your Badge
  • Significance
  • Explain why this outcome matters in college writing

Pull in direct quotes or paraphrases from the course syllabus, Outcome Statements for First-Year Composition, and/or the Framework for Success in Post-Secondary Writing. You can also search for additional information that can help you discuss the significance of this outcome statement at National Writing Project, ECU Writing Program, Council of Writing Program Administrators, and/or The National Council of Teachers of English. Find and use this evidence to build your argument.


Find or compose three (3) good examples of College-Level Writing or classroom behaviors that illustrate and exemplify this outcome statement. In separate paragraphs, briefly describe and contextualize the example, then state directly and explicitly why this example meets the outcome. If your examples are available on the web, link out to them as well.

List of Works Cited

Use APA or MLA format to cite any works from you directly quote or paraphrase. You’ll also need to use in-text citation in the text to note where the use of borrowed material occurs.

Strategies: You will use evidence from professional organizations in writing studies to help you build your argument for your classmates and cite sources appropriately to build your ethos.


Final drafts should be careful proofread and edited to conform to the conventions of Standard Written English and be stylistically effective. Please don’t hesitate to work with the University Writing Centers on any stage of this Make project.


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  1. The AutoDidacti-badge for Finishing #CLMOOC
       submitted by Terry Elliott

    This badge was made as follows: Upload pictures to Flickr. Go to Big Huge Labs. Go to the badge maker. Follow directions for making your own badge using the flickr photo or photos you uploaded. Publish your work on a blog, a G+ community, or print out.

  2. Deeper Learning badge
       submitted by Karen Fasimpaur

    This badge as a part of the Deeper Learning MOOC. This badge was made and issued through P2PU (http://badges.p2pu.org/en/). P2PU offers open badges that require evidence of learning and then are peer assessed. I like this model for badges. I love how many people applied for this badge and all the great work they submitted.

  3. Youth Voices student badges
       submitted by Karen Fasimpaur

    This is a somewhat different use of badges, but shows some great examples of badges made by students. In this case, these were made by high school students in the Youth Voices summer program. Students designed these badges around some skill that was important to them. The badges were hosted on http://badges.p2pu.org/en/

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