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Badges represent a way of acknowledging achievements or skill acquisition at a more granular level than a college degree. The resources below provide an overview of the uses of badges and their implications for how individual accomplishments can be awarded, recognized, and shared. The most recent 7 Things You Should Know About Badging for Professional Development, August 7, 2014, discusses how digital badges enable professional communities to identify new competency areas and recognize mastery or demonstration of those competencies.
In support of the higher education IT community, EDUCAUSE has implemented a badging program. Those meeting the established criteria have an opportunity to earn and display digital badges in recognition of their engagement with the association. When you earn, display, and share badges, you help draw attention to your community involvement and professional development experiences.
The Microcredentials and Badges constituent group provides a discussion space for all aspects of research, design, and implementation of microcredentialing and/or digital badging systems. Contributions on all aspects of the process of creating badges and badge systems are welcome, as well as questions and reflections on the emerging ecosystem of Open Badging and what it means for traditional educational and professional development paradigms.
Articles, Papers, Portals, and Reports
Can Digital ‘Badges’ and ‘Nanodegrees’ Protect Job Seekers From a First-Round Knockout?, Inside Higher Education, November 25, 2014. This IHE article by Steve Kolowich discusses badges and their current impact on resumes.
Badging from Within, Inside Higher Education, January 3, 2014. This IHE article by Paul Fein offers details on the UC Davis badging initiative and the increasing interest in building sustainable badging programs.
Open Badging, Erin Knight, EDUCAUSE Review Online, October 2013. A description Mozilla's Open Badges.
Digital Badges for Professional Development, Veronica Diaz, EDUCAUSE Review Online, July 2013. Higher education institutions and other organizations interested in supporting learning are experimenting with digital badges to guide, motivate, document, and validate formal and informal learning.
7 Things You Should Read About Badges (May 2013) this updated 7 Things provides additional key facts about badges.
7 Things You Should Know About Badges, ELI 7 Things, June 2012
"Case Study 6: Mozilla Open Badges," from the Game Changers e-book. Erin Knight, Carla Casilli. May 2012. Mozilla Open Badges is an initiative exploring alternative ways for learners to receive recognition for skills and achievements gained outside the school environment, such as open credentialing and accreditation for all types of learning, including informal and interest driven.
Badges for Lifelong Learning, a curated Scoop.it site by HASTAC
"Thinking about Accreditation in a Rapidly Changing World," Paul LeBlanc, EDUCAUSE Review Online, April 2013. Online learning has provided a platform for rethinking delivery models, yet much of accreditation is not designed to account for new approaches, including badges.
"Show Me Your Badge," Kevin Carey, New York Times, November 2, 2012. The author describes how badges are being used in higher education.
Digital Badges Engage Incoming Freshmen, Danielle Mirliss, June 2012. Seton Hall University dips its toes into the use of digital badges.
Presentations, Seminars and Webinars
The Value Proposition for Badging in Higher Education Professional Development, EDUCAUSE Live!, August 2014. This panel discusses the value of badging in professional development and career planning.
Badging the Information Literacy Modules and Learning with Badges, February 2014. This EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Virtual Annual Meeting session offers information on the University of Central Florida’s InfoLitMod Digital Badging Pilot program. The presentation includes information on the implementation and observations on moving forward.
Catalyst for Change: A Penn State Case Study on Digital Badging, February 2014. This EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting session provides an overview of Penn State’s digital badging initiative including their L3 platform. This resource include the video archive, audio file and, presentation PDF.
Connecting with USC Scholars Online, February 2014. This EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Virtual Annual Meeting session explores the different engagement strategies being implemented at USC including the use of badges.
Digital Badges in Higher Ed: Certifying Research Skills That Impress Professors and Future Employers, February 2014 This EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Connect session provides information on the Arizona State pilot digital badge initiative in response to information received the Project Information Literacy analysis results. Resources include, guides, information, poster, and examples.
Four Big Ideas for What’s Next, February 2014. This EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting session highlights the emergence of digital badging as a means of reimaging grading in high education. This resource include the video archive and audio file.
Leadership in Educational Entrepreneurship Through Badges 2014. This EDUCAUSE Enterprise IT Leadership Conference session is focused on the implementation of badges in the 21st-century work force.
Digital Badges: Passport to Student Learning, October 2013. This EDUCAUSE Annual Conference Session explores implementation of badges at Purdue University. This resource include the video archive, audio file and, presentation PDF.
From Badges to Breakthroughs: Unleashing Learner Potential through Competency-Based Achievements, EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, October 2013. This EDUCAUSE Annual Conference Session explores the different types of alternative credentials for recognizing and validating competencies. This resource include the video archive, audio file and, presentation PDF
Why You Should Care About Badging? September 2013. This CONNECTED LEARNING webinar archive provides a survey of the badging as a means of providing recognition and achievement for actions. The webinar is available as a video or podcast and also include a detailed transcript. The main speaker is Cathy N Davidson representing the National Humanities Council under President Obama and the cofounding director of HASTAC (“haystack”), Humanities, Arts, Technology, and Science Alliance and Collaboratory.
Engaging Students Through Digital Badges, ELI Annual Meeting, Mirless and Soupios, February 2013. This EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting session reviews the Mozilla OpenBadge implementation at Seton Hall University. This resource include the video archive, audio file and, presentation PDF.
Giving Credit Where and When It Is Due: Adventures in Digital Credentials and Badging, February 2013. This EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting session features a survey of digital badging information and resources presented by Jonathan Finkelstein. This resource include the video archive and audio file.
If You Badge It, Will They Engage? Gamification Principles in Online Courses February 2013. This EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting session presents idea related to gamification in the classroom that focuses on the awarding of badging. This resource include the video archive.
EDUCAUSE Interview on Digital Badges, February 2013. This EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting Interview and Interactive Q&A Session with Speakers Kyle Bowen, Purdue University; Amy McQuigge, Empire State College SUNY; and Danielle Mirliss and Michael Soupios, Seton Hall University focuses on digital badging. Session archive recording is available.
Digital Badges as an Open Passport for Learning, ELI Webinar, Bowen, January 2013
Digital Badges and Meaningful Microcredentials, ELI Webinar, Finkelstein, October 2012
Mozilla Open Badges, website, supported by the MacArthur Foundation
MacArthur Foundation: Digital Badges
Purdue: Passport and Passport Profile
Seton Hall: PiratePatch program
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Badges
Badges True Badges represent a way of acknowledging achie…
- Credentialing in Higher Education: Current Challenges and Innovative Trends
March 2, 2015
Although colleges and universities are the beneficiaries of a growing credential society, they communicate only a fraction of the educational experience that happens on their campuses. Higher …
- 7 Things You Should Know About Badging for Professional Development
August 7, 2014
Digital badges recognize a particular experience or signify accomplishments , such as completion of a project or mastery of a skill. In a professional context, a learner typically earns a …
- From Badges to Breakthroughs: Unleashing Learner Potential through Competency-Based Achievements
June 2, 2014
Key Takeaways Extending low-cost, quality educational opportunities was the focus of the recent "Badges to Breakthroughs" panel session at EDUCAUSE 2013. Here, s…
- ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013
September 16, 2013
Key Findings See the 2013 report for a full list of key messages, findings, and supporting data. Students recognize the value of technology but still need guidance when it comes to b…
- The Value Proposition for Badging in Higher Education Professional Development
August 20, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Live! - The Value Proposition for Badging in Higher Education Professional Development
What's all the buzz about badging? Badging has rapidly become a viable method to document accomplishments gained throughout your career, whether before, during, or after completing a degree.…
- Badging Focus Group
September 30, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
Badging is an increasingly important way to demonstrate professional activity within a community and professional network. Badges have the potential to motivate and validate incremental growth al…
- Open Badging
October 7, 2013
Key Takeaways Mozilla's Open Badges help learners capture all their learning across multiple channels and connect it to paint a more complete picture of a learner's skill…
- The Return of The Odd Couple? Digital Literacy and the Learning Commons Curriculum
October 1, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
Many institutions include digital literacy within general learning assessment, but ultimately who is responsible for maximizing student success? Learn what happens when the learning commons boldl…
- Design Principles for Open Digital Badges and Adult Learners
October 1, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Virtual Conference 2014
Unlike other static credentials, open digital badges can contain detailed claims and evidence of learning. Join us to learn about the results of the Badges Design Principles Documentation Project…