Digital Badges

Digital Badges for Learning in the Classroom

Posted on September 8, 2012. Filed under: Digital Badges |

          DIGITAL BADGES                        


I recently read an article about Digital Badges being used in higher education. It is an interesting concept and one that has sparked lively conversation in the academic community.  Here is some information I thought I would share.

Digital badges provide a new way to visually represent learning, achievements, skills, interests, or competencies that are linked to evidence of students’ work. Badges are digital tokens that appear as icons or logos on a web page or other online venue. Awarded by institutions, organizations, groups, or individuals, badges signify accomplishments such as completion of a project, mastery of a skill, or marks of experience.  While it may vary from situation to situation, a learner fulfills the issuer- specific criteria to earn the badge by attending classes, passing an exam or review, or completing other activities.

Badges represent a different approach to credentials, one that places the focus on individual students and their learning accomplishments. Individuals can control their badges by choosing where to earn them and—depending on the privacy specifications of the backpack—determining who can see them.  When badges serve as part of a résumé or portfolio, they tell prospective employers a more detailed story about the projects and activities that define a student’s learning.

Will digital badges replace traditional grading? OR Will digital badges enhance traditional grading?

Only time will tell.


Reference: Education Week  Digital Directions June 13, 2012.

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