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To Badge or Not to Badge? From “Yes” to “Never Again”
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  • Emily Ford, Portland State University
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  • Information literacy -- Study and teaching (Higher),
  • Information services -- User education,
  • Competency-based education -- Curricula,
  • Instructional systems -- Design
This opinion essay does not present badging best practices or a discussion of badging procedures. Rather, it presents my personal, theoretical views as to why I will not use badges again. Reflecting over the past three years, I have realized that our use of badges re-created and reinforced traditional powers structures in the classroom. I now view badges as a symptom of a systemic and insidious problem in higher education: neoliberalism.

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Ford, E. (2017). To badge or not to badge? From “yes” to “never again”. College & Research Libraries News, 78(1), 20-21.