Online Learning Update

July 6, 2013

How Badges Really Work in Higher Education

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

By David Raths, Campus Technology

Digital badge initiatives at colleges and universities across the country are challenging assumptions about learning and assessment. Digital badges are getting a serious look on many university campuses because they may allow students to demonstrate a greater variety of skills. “A diploma says as much about the institution you attended as it does about you,” notes Bill Wisser, instructional designer in the Graduate School of Education (HGSE) at Harvard University (MA). “A portfolio gets more granular, and badges can show individual records of accomplishment.” But badges are only as valuable as the metadata behind them, and that is why the Mozilla Open Badges infrastructure is important, he asserts. “The badge image itself means nothing,” Wisser says. “But with Mozilla there is something behind it that links back to the issuer, the criteria it was issued under, and evidence verifying the credential.”

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