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We are exploring a project with digital badges and have a few questions that we are hoping some of you that have experience with this could help us with:

- What badging system have you used or have you built your own?

- How are you administering accounts - students create their own accounts or accounts are pre-populated with school credentials?

- How have you ensured that all issuers at your institution are being consistent with awarding of badges?

- Can you provide any advice for implementing a badging system campus-wide with 2000+ students?

- For those that have implemented badging what lessons did you learn/would you do differently?

- How did you sell the idea of badging to the students? To instructors?

- What evidence do you have that employers are using badging credentials during the hiring process?

Thank you in advance for any help/insight you can provide as we continue our own exploration.

Krissy Lukens 


Krissy Lukens
Director of Academic Technology
St. Norbert College, De Pere WI

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Hi Krissy, I would definitely check out the resources offered by HASTAC on digital badges at One of my friends from grad school is a director with this group (you can see a recent post here that includes some links related to a few of your questions), and I can say with surety that it's one of the best resources available. Take care, Matthew Matthew Belskie, MSIS Educational Technology Coordinator School of Education University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Hi Krissy,

At Skidmore College we have looked at a series of different badging platforms. I think BadgeOS, built on Wordpress with Buddypress seems to be a robust platform, based on our preliminary research.

At this time, each student has to create their own account with Buddypress -- we are still in prototype phase so we haven't done an LDAP authentication. 

As a small pilot, we still are the issuer of the badges, and we haven't opened it to have other issuers, yet. As far as advice, I would start small with building a prototype, and do a pilot to test it out with a small group to make sure things are working the way they should. Tweak your badges based on feedback from the test group.

I think I would do a little more handholding in the beginning, and probably create some video tutorials to show students how to set up Credly accounts, and link it with the BadgeOS. As far as selling the idea, I believe that showing examples of how badges could benefit students - linked to LinkedIn, for example, and connected to an portfolio or evidence of work, is some of the best way to showcase their *potential* value. In terms of speaking to instructors, I think badges for technology skills could be great as prerequisites to doing projects, especially if linked to online training modules. If a professor could know what students might have what technical competencies, I think that would be helpful in the classroom, but also in terms of have a badge prereq for an assignment.

I have not seen any evidence of employers using badging credentials during hiring, but then again, I haven't looked for it, either.

Here is our badge "prototype" for my student workers to use badges to learn how to administer the GIS Center for Interdisciplinary Research.

We are still actively learning more about badges, and they are by no means the answer to everything. I am interested in learning more from Gaming research, and I touch on badges a little in this blog post.


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