2015 Northwest Regional Conference

Badges? We Ain't Got No Badges!

Gamification is popular in higher education and what it boils down to is motivating students to keep trying, reach new levels of accomplishment and be successful. (All things we do naturally when playing games because we love the challenge, regardless of the number of attempts it takes to attain mastery.) One way to foster those achievements is to offer rewards or "currency" for each level of skill attained or accomplishment completed.

QM 8: Have high standards, but be an easy grader

Portland Community College's Distance Education department instituted Accessibility Guidelines for online course content in 2011. These guidelines work to reinforce
the QM 8 standards. But if instructors are developing their own courses, how closely should we hold them to these
guidelines and standards? How much is fair to ask of the instructor? What roles do Distance Education and
Disability Services play? In other words, "Who's responsible for accessibility? " The truth is, we all are. In this