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Why Misusing Shiny Things Should Be 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

Shiny Things

The Week 3 readings were from Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of Dirksen (2012). In these chapters, Dirksen addressed the nature of memory, gaining and keeping attention, and designing for knowledge. There was a lot that could be discussed, but I’m behind the pace with my posts. As a result, I’m going to focus on […]

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Digital Badges: As tempting as a candy rush

By Anyashy (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Digital Badges Digital badges are as tempting as a candy rush. When consumed on their own, there is a quick hit while sugar courses through the body. The effect fades quickly, and the sugar does not provide lasting sustenance. While badges may serve as an effective short-term extrinsic motivator, they are not a panacea for student engagement. […]

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