The social media platforms we use each day are the backbone of what we will learn in class. Each of these tools requires learning in at least one of the fundamental literacies of the class. You are encouraged to earn as many of these badges as you’d like. To earn a Platforms Badge, you must construct a badge application of some kind (e.g., a blog post, in-class presentation, office hours visit, etc.).
RSS Badge (50 points) – The RSS Badge requires complete mastery of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) platforms as a way to establish alerts, organize, and evaluate information. People who earn this badge should be able to demonstrate that they can do the following things:
* Establish a robust list of feeds that span disparate subject areas and/or personal interests.
* Develop a logical pattern of folders and subfolders to manage your feeds, making sure that you generate sensible names and labels.
* Re-name your individual feeds according to a scheme that makes sense to you and allows you to trace them to their source (as opposed to adding a feed and leaving the default name intact).
* Use RSS to manage a diverse range of kinds of resources (videos, podcasts, blogs, Twitter feeds, books, academic journal alerts, and more).
* Use any metadata systems included in the RSS Reader platforms that allow you to further divide your content.
* Share your RSS items with others across different social networks.
* Create web widgets and bundles of RSS feeds that you can share with others. Also, demonstrate how you have made your patterns of information gathering public.
* Deploy the RSS lists you have built in additional curation applications (e.g., Flipboard).
* Demonstrate the ability to use RSS feeds in a variety of creative ways.
* Write or provide good metacritical commentary on your process of organization.
Literacies: attention management, metacognition, metadata, public presentation, curation, information literacy.
Facebook Badge (38 Points) – In order to earn the Facebook Badge, you must demonstrate a masterful command of using the world’s most popular social media platform as a tool to organize and access information. Facebook Badge earners should be able to do the following things:
* Like a diverse range of pages that represent your personal and professional interests (e.g. scholarly organizations, bands, foods, products, colleges, and programs).
* Create meaningful lists of friends that help you find out about specific segments of your life.
* Subscribe to relevant people on Facebook without becoming friends with them.
* Create and share topically oriented lists that have many Facebook pages.
* Share the lists you have made with other friends.
Literacies: attention management, curation, metacognition, information literacy, collaboration, and public presentation.
Twitter Badge (50 points) – In order to earn the Twitter badge, you must develop mastery of Twitter as an information organization tool. Twitter badge earners should be able to do the following things:
* Create a Twitter account with a public profile
* Establish topically-oriented lists that have a description and a definite purpose
* Create multiple lists that span disparate knowledge areas and interests.
* Follow other users and their lists.
* Follow and save hashtag searches that are meaningful to you (e.g., #curationculture).
* Develop strategies for sharing and consuming information on Twitter.
* Differentiate between Twitter’s various functions, retweets, favorites, replies, and show how you use each of them.
* Become familiar with the ethics and etiquette of Twitter (e.g., using Tiny URLs, quoting Tweets, direct replies and public replies).
* Demonstrate your ability to use Twitter on different formats (e.g., smartphones, tablets, web apps, and more).
*Develop and share a strategy of organization and evaluation with others about how you use Twitter.
Literacies: attention management, critical evaluation, public presentation, collaboration, metacognition
Foursquare Badge (23 points) -
Google + Badge (36 points) -
Delicious Badge (36 points) -
StumbleUpon Badge (34 points) -
Podcast Badge (48 points) - In order to earn the Podcast Badge, people should show that they have mastered the ability to locate, download, listen to, share, and synthesize information conveyed on podcasts. This is actually a lot harder than it seems to be at a glance. Podcasts are an enormously useful source of information, yet they require a bit of intention and discipline if one is to learn from them on a regular basis. People who earn this badge should:
* Download and install a podcatching system that is compatible with the user’s devices or listening habits. Some examples of podcatchers are iTunes , Zune, or any of the podcatchers listed on this page.
* Explain why one particular podcatching software is best for your needs.
* Learn how to locate and subscribe to relevant podcasts in disparate areas of personal and professional interest.
* Develop a strategy for listening to podcasts, and be able to reflect on that strategy. This includes commenting on when you listen to podcasts, how you listen to them, and how you remember information you hear on them.
* Learn how to share podcasts with others and incorporate them into your writing, research projects, and intellectual discussions.
* Develop a criteria for critically evaluating podcasts.
* Locate podcasts that are of scholarly worth and intellectual importance.
* Learn to discover podcasts from the iTunes U library and other sources.
* Develop good metacommentary about locating and consuming podcasts.
Literacies: critical evaluation, attention management, information literacy, metacognition
Video Channel Badge (25 points) -
Instagram Badge (11 points) -
LinkedIn Badge (26 points) -
Pinterest Badge (18 points) -
Tumblr Badge (32 points)
Social Media Pioneer Badge (64 points)
WordPress Badge (21 Points)
Reddit Badge (45 points) -
Sample Badge Application for Reddit