Being rewarded is a powerful extrinsic motivator. One of the best rewards is recognition for a job well done. Providing these opportunities for rewarding students throughout your course can keep students motivated and create a map of what they can learn.
Giving recognition for student achievements is also becoming the new standard for verifying learning. You can use certificates and open badges to round out a grade. You can provide details and examples of exactly what students achieved in your course.
These certificates and open badges go with students, helping them to communicate an identity and reputation of someone who is accomplished in their fields of choice. They can help open job and education opportunities, as well as unlock new privileges.
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You can use the achievements tool to create opportunities for students to earn recognition for their work. You designate criteria for issuing achievements to students in the form of both badges and certificates.
Students can see which badges and certificates they have earned and what is required to receive additional recognition, providing insight into learning progression toward defined competencies. Students can publish badges to the Mozilla Open Backpack, transporting evidence of their learning outside of Blackboard Learn. You can easily see which students have reached learning milestones. To learn more about Open Badges and Mozilla Open Backpack, see http://www.openbadges.org/about/.