The team is very proud to announce that the virtual ecotourism project has been chosen, out of over 350 applicants, to advance to Stage Two of the Digital Media and Learning Badges Competition. This means that our content was deemed compelling and original, and capable of evaluating 21st century learning as part of a worldwide badge ecosystem.
This brings us one step closer to sharing the grand prize of $200,000 which we hope to use to develop a badging system for our tours.
If you missed reading our entry, you can find it here.
The competition looks tough, with many exciting projects vying to be included in the finals (Stage III). However we think our project offers a unique mix of gaming, environmental and community volunteerism aspects and we are excited to take this time to explore the potential of badges to enhance the virtual ecotour experience.
In Stage II, teams of badge designers and developers (using the Mozilla Open Badge Infrastructure) can choose to submit designs based on our content and if their submissions are successful during judging, both of our teams will advance in partnership to the finals. Over the next few weeks, we will be promoting the contest and partnering with badge designers who might want to submit entries tailored to our content. If you are interested in this project, please contact us at vecotours [at] gmail [dot] com.