Online Learning Update

September 26, 2016

Digital Badges and Academic Transformation

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:07 am

by Veronica Diaz, EDUCAUSE Review

It seems that digital badges are everywhere these days: in fitness apps, on social networking websites, and in company loyalty programs. In higher education, they’re taking the form of microcredentials, representing successful completion of a variety of learning experiences inside and outside of the traditional for-credit course. Institutions continue to experiment with digital badges, and the rate of adoption is increasing at a rapid pace. According to a recent study of 190 institutions by the University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), one in five colleges has issued digital badges. In today’s competitive economy, students and recent graduates are seeking ways to showcase the wide-ranging knowledge and skills they’ve developed outside of the traditional classroom experience. This learning could take place via internships, co-op programs, community service learning programs, study abroad programs, undergraduate research programs to supplement coursework, or seminars for graduate students, among others.

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