Have you heard about digital badges? Ever wonder what they are and what purpose they could serve in your professional development?
A digital badge is a shareable micro-credential that validates your accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest in various learning environments. It includes metadata such as the description of the badge, who issued it, and the criteria required to receive it. You can earn a collection of badges in a variety of fields to demonstrate your expertise across disciplines.
Once you earn badges, you can store them through online software, such as Mozilla Backpack. Then other people or organizations can click on them to view the details. Once you earn a badge, you own and control the credentials. You can use them to boost your resume, LinkedIn profile, or online portfolio.
Digital badges are helping us focus on assessment and competency-based learning. In other words, they remind us that education is more than credentials; it’s about developing new knowledge and skills that you can use in the world. They break down the evidence of what you learn into that specified knowledge and skill, showcasing what you’re good at instead of revealing areas you don’t know as well. The learning engagements are created to help students focus on their own competencies and learn to master it. With online opportunities rising, so is the convenience of earning an education and these badges help students earn the specific skills and knowledge they need to succeed.
We have a range of academies that you can earn these badges from by participating in their learning engagements such as webinars, live events, email courses, MOOCs, etc. An example is the Digital Influencer Badge from our Digital Influencer Academy. Sign up today to begin your path to amplify your knowledge and skills!
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