A digital badge is an online indicator of an accomplishment or affiliation that contains links that help explain the context, meaning, processes and results of learning engagements.
Badges can be outward or internal facing markers of achievement. When displayed to the world, a badge reflects one’s skills and capabilities; and carries the university’s reputation for quality teaching and learning. When used internally, a badge indicates passing a milestone along a journey toward a goal.
Kim Flintoff's insight:
Curtin University at the bleeding edge of development and application of Digital Badging strategies.
Achievery builds digital credential and badge systems exclusively for high quality learning models that are characterized by the following:
authentic learning opportunities that are connected to the real world;highly personalized curriculum;assessments of soft and hard skills;competency-based and evidence-backed;student and teacher choice;informed by data;use of technology in support of learning;recognize failure as important element of learning process;model scalable educational solutions;need a better way to recognize, verify, and connect the amazing skills of your students!
This article is about how to add badges to a course or the site and how users can access their badges.
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As a 21st Century Library Media Specialist, part of what I strive to do is to serve as an instructional technology resource for both educators and learners. In my new position here at New Milford High School, I face the exciting challenge of reaching as many staff members as I could at one time. I threw around many models in my head until I finally found one that seems right for us.
Badges project with Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SA&FS)
A little about our Technical Environment
Badges is an ASP.NET MVC application which runs on Windows Azure. The technology stack includes:
ServerVisual Studio 2012ASP.NET MVC 4NHibernate 3.3SQL Server (compatible with SQL Azure, as well as SQLExpress)Azure Blob Storage for file storageClientBootstrap 3jQueryA wee bit of knockout.jshttps://wiki.mozilla.org/Badges
Why use digital badges? Scour the blogosphere, watch webinars, review some of the current badge systems, follow the conversation on the social web and you will find countless answers to this question. However, I find that most of them fit in one of the following fifteen categories. These are not equally compelling reasons, but they do represent many of the current uses of badges. Or, if you think of another, please consider sharing it in a comment.
Not all digital badges are alike, and that is okay. There is plenty of room for different badge designs and uses. Some worry that people using digital badges as 21st century stickers and gold stars will ruin the enterprise for those of us interested in using them as micro-credentials for substantive (even rigorous) learning contexts. I have no concern about one use diminishing the value of another, at least not when it comes to open badges built around the open badge infrastructure (OBI). OBI helps us address such matters.
The badges feature was added to Moodle in version 2.5. It is enabled by default, but your administrator may have disabled this function. If disabled, contact your Moodle administrator and ask that badges be enabled including enabling connection to external backpacks and enabling course-level badges. It should also be noted that the concept of badges exists in other LMSes as well: Canvas, for example, offers a very similar feature. While the specifics will differ in another LMS, the concepts remain the same.
The promise of digital badges for alternative credentials and skills pathways has not been lost on higher education; yet, there are many concerns—from business, faculty, and students—on the design, and use, of these badges for real meaning. A new framework condenses these concerns into nine critical questions concerning digital badges.
Customized badges and skill qualifications allow students to develop hands-on professional skills.
Groundbreaking digital badge system for sustainable agriculture program
UC Davis is creating what may be higher education’s most promising digital badge system, an add-on that could be valuable for students. It’s part of the new sustainable agriculture and food systems (SAFS) major. The badges help document competency-based education in a multidisciplinary major (with seven competencies).
We are pretty excited about all of the interest in badges in higher ed. I am going to Australia to present at a national meeting in November at Deakin University and am also planning to meet with innovators at the University of Sydney and Australia National University in Canberra. Higher educators around the world are recognizing that badges are much more than certificates or grades. Specifically, they are seeing that digital badges can contain specific claims and detailed evidence supporting those claims. They are also seeing that open digital badges allow this information to circulate in digital social networks. Many are also discovering that this makes open digital badges potentially transformative and routinely disruptive.
Badges have garnered great interest among scholars of digital media and learning. In addition, widespread initiatives such as Mozilla’s Open Badge Framework expand the potential of badging into the realm of open education. In this paper, we explicate the concept of open badges. We highlight some of the ways that researchers have examined badges as part of educational practice and also highlight the different definitions of open-ness that are employed in popular and scholarly thought. By considering badges from three different perspectives (motivation, pedagogy, and credential) and the concept of openness from three different perspectives (production, access and appropriation) we develop a framework to consider the tensions where these competing conceptions meet. This explication illuminates how the ideas of open and badges intersect, and clarifies situations where these concepts come into direct conflict or mutually enhance each other. Our analysis pinpoints and elucidates particular areas where research is needed to better understand the complex phenomenon of open badges, and also offers design considerations for developers, educators, and organizations that are actively involved in open badges.