Introduction to Digital Badges

Track : Online Design

Levels : Beginner,Intermediate
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : Yes

Although digital badges stemmed from the gaming world, and then found their way into MOOC frameworks, badges have now found their way into wider uses in education and the use of badges has been gaining momentum in recent years.

Badges can carry with them evidence of achievement of skills and competencies; therefore, badging can also empower learners by allowing them to share evidence of their accomplishments and skills with broader communities.

However, implementing a digital badging system should be carefully thought-out. Badges should be designed in a way to efficiently link to evidence of the learning, and they should carry value. In this workshop, we will explore the benefits and challenges of implementing badging and explore the potential for your own course or institution by thinking about specific guidelines and evaluation criteria to establish the value of the badge.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the benefits and challenges of using digital badges to recognize achievement in online education
  • Explore opportunities to establish a badging system for your own course/in your institution

This is an asynchronous, week-long workshop which will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

What are the key takeaways from this workshop?

  • Discussion of the pros and cons of credentialing and digital badging
  • Advantages, challenges, and strategies for implementing a badging system
  • A review of several technologies used to create and issue badges
  • A draft implementation plan for adopting a badging system for your program/institution

Who should attend?

  • Faculty who teach online and blended courses
  • Instructional designers

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