Badges reward mastery of animation skills

Hassan's tree of Passport badgesWhen Ray Hassan outlines academic expectations for students in his 3-D animation courses, he finds that most students perform just well enough to earn an A instead of exploring the boundaries of their potential. Hassan wanted a way to distinguish students just meeting course requirements from the ones in dogged pursuit of skill mastery and a career in the animation industry.

After attending a presentation on competency-based learning, Hassan, a clinical assistant professor of computer graphics technology, decided to try Purdue’s Passport application.

With early support from ITaP staff, Hassan designed a collection of badges that recognize 3-D animation skills such as polygon modeling, surfacing, lighting, and dynamics, as well as the different levels of mastery within each skillset.

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