Digital badging recognises skills and learning through digital certification. Each badge contains a set of metadata defined by the issuer about the skills being recognised, and the accomplishments achieved. Digital badging not only demonstrates the achievement of the badge owner but also displays the criteria that has been met for each particular badge. They are becoming an increasingly popular way of recognising, rewarding and promoting achievements, skills and knowledge.
A badge can be given for anything from attending a workshop to volunteer work. They can also be incorporated into gamified experiences of learning, encouraging people to reach their goals and gain new experiences. In a knowledge economy, digital badging is a way of demonstrating talent, commitment and willingness to try new things outside of formal education. Digital badging can also be used by organisations to recognise work done by members or stakeholders of their communities.
Being able to rethink ways of demonstrating and awarding skills for the digital workforce and successfully incorporating gamified approaches to professional development, considering the following:
- Appropriate recognition of achievement
- Visibility and proof of skills
- The types of skills and experiences that can be badged
Can be tailored to your workshop / class/ seminar.
Level of difficulty
Flip chart, paper, post-it notes, pens
How does it work?
Create some characters
Facilitate a group discussion on the types of people who would be earning digital badges as well as organisations who could award them. Participants can discuss in small groups, writing their suggestions down on post-it notes, which can be then fed back to the rest of the group.
The role of digital badging in the community
Reflect on who would use and who would issue the digital badges, what they have in common and what purpose digital badges would serve. When implementing digital badges it’s worth letting all stakeholders have a role in shaping the process, taking themes discussed in this activity as a starting point.
In groups participants should come up with ideas for specific badges and who they would be awarded by. What might they be awarded for? This is also an opportunity for a creative activity, where participants can draw design ideas for each badge. Coming up with specific badges, should help to further crystallise the potential of the badges.
Questions and reflections
The facilitator and participants reflect on the key findings of the exercise, and delve further into how to how a digital badging system might work. The facilitator then will provide a summary of the group’s findings that can be taken forward to implement the badges.
The use of Open Badges in education and work environments.
Case Study: Open Badges in the city