Using Virtual Badges as a Reward System to Encourage Student Participation in English Classes: Understanding Student Motivation

By Desi Indrawati and Iis Sabiah.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Using virtual badges as reward system offers a way to motivate students and works well in educational settings. Virtual badges are also a modern concept to use with students. They can blog, tweet, or post about their rewards to their friends and show them the link to their badge. Students are rewarded with badges for being active participants in Foursquare, the Xbox Live system, the “Huffington Post,” the gaming website, e-learning, and other social applications all over the web. In addition, this study is a descriptive qualitative study on the use of virtual badges as a reward system to encourage student participation in English classes comprising (1) the type of virtual badges the teachers used to encourage students’ participation in English classes, and (2) the virtual badges used in English classes. This study was conducted from July to September 2012. The subject of the study was the English teacher of Grade 12 in who majored in Software Engineering at Bakti Nusantara Vocational School 666. The data were collected using an interview guide, observation checklist, and questionnaire, and then were analyzed descriptively. Based on the research findings, it was found that the teacher used “smaller”’ type badges to motivate students in the classroom. This study also found that virtual badges as a reward system is effective in teaching and learning English.

Keywords: Students’ Motivation, Virtual Badges, Reward System

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.41-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 641.641KB).

Desi Indrawati

Graduate School of English Linguistics, Padjadjaran University, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

Desi Indrawati is an English Teacher at EEP Language Training Center. This experience truly teaches her how to be a good English teacher. In 2011, she is enlisted as a Graduate student in Linguistics Program in Padjadjaran University. Desi is a very multi-cultural and globally minded community of engaged students, faculty, scholars, and professionals. As an educator in her community, she is always extending the methods of teaching and learning to improve her teaching skills. In 2007, she was awarded as one of the Indonesian delegations which brought her to join a Culture Exchange Program sponsored by the Encompass Trust to go to UK and joined outward bound adventure at the Aberdovey, Wales. In addition to those activities, she joins in a mountain climber group named as Young Pioneer.

Iis Sabiah

Graduate School of English Linguistics, Padjadjaran University, UIN SGD Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia

Iis Sabiah teaches at Bakti Nusantara Vocational School. She is enlisted as a graduate student in English Qualification Program in UIN Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung and in Linguistics Program in Padjadjaran University. in 2004, she began her carrier as a teacher, later on in 2005, she tried to take a carrier in company. On her carrier at company, she was elected as a representative official in National Customer Service, leadership training, and an employee of the month. While she worked there, she missed teaching because she loves teaching so much, Early in 2009, she decided to teach and until now she has been teaching for three years. she always learns to improve her teaching skill, in 2010 she was awarded as a teacher of the year in her school, she also conducted English Club in Bakti Nusantara Vocational School up to the present.