2016 TxDLA Conference

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM: Breakout Sessions
Implementing Digital Badges in a Fully Online Undergraduate Program
Digital Badges were introduced in 2005 when Microsoft integrated a system of incentives and rewards into their video games. Today, digital badges have become a way for professionals to showcase skills and competencies they have attained. This presentation describes how digital badges were integrated into a fully online undergraduate program.
Track: Trends in Educational Technology
Room: Travis B (Floor 3)
Dr. Joseph Rene Corbeil, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Associate Professor
Dr. Joseph Rene Corbeil, Associate Professor at The University of Texas- Brownsville, earned a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Instructional Technology from the University of Houston, and a Master of Education in Educational Technology from The University of Texas at Brownsville. With over 30 years teaching experience in public and higher education and over 15 years specializing in online education, he currently teaches fully web-based undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses in Educational Technology. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on best practices and innovations in e-learning and distance education. He has earned several awards, including the 2007 EDUCAUSE Quarterly Contribution of the Year, the 2010 International Association of Computer Information Systems (IACIS) Best Paper in Technology Award, and the 2012 University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. 
Dr. Maria Elena Corbeil, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Associate Professor
Dr. Maria Elena Corbeil, Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Brownsville, earned a graduate certificate in Online Teaching and Learning from the University of Florida and a doctoral degree in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. For over 12 years, she has developed and taught fully online undergraduate and graduate educational technology courses. She is also the program coordinator for two fully online undergraduate educational technology specializations. Maria Elena has focused on maintaining teaching excellence and program quality through the mentoring and training of online full time and adjunct faculty. She presents at conferences and has numerous awards and publications on e-learning and innovations in educational technology. In 2011, she was awarded the Ben Bauman Teaching Excellence Award.