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EDUCAUSE: 7 things you should know about badges

Badges in higher education have gained currency among early adopters. One such e ort is the award-winning badge system developed at the University of California, Davis. In the interdisciplinary major of sustainable agriculture and food systems, students can complement their coursework with badges for workshops, projects, and internships. Badges also play a part in edX, an online learning e ort sponsored jointly by MIT and Harvard University. Both institutions will o ffer online courses free via edX with “certiļ¬cates” (badges) available for a modest fee to those who complete the coursework. This open-source platform will be made available to colleges and universities that want to host it.

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U.S. Dept. of Ed. Reaffirms OER Support, Highlights Competency-Based Assessment | EDUCAUSE

In addition, Kanter spoke in this context about the importance of the joint MacArthur Foundation/Mozilla Foundation “Badges for Heroes” program in highlighting the potential of digital badges as an emerging competency-based quasi-credential. She then quoted Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as stating in his remarks at the program launch event: “We're excited that, this year, this competition will serve as a catalyst to advance the potential of digital badges. Badges can help engage students in learning and broaden the avenues for learners of all ages to acquire and demonstrate – as well as document and display – their skills. Badges can help speed the shift from credentials that simply measure seat time to ones that more accurately measure competency. We must accelerate that transition. And badges can help account for formal and informal learning in a variety of settings.”

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