Bringing Digital Badges and Micro-credentialing to Your Classsroom

Badges have been around for many thousands of years.They serve as a way to recognize various behaviors, grant recognition, increase status and more. However, the traditional badge will be replaced by a digital badge.

While the rapid changes in the delivery of education are not fully realized yet. We do know that there are multiple ways to deliver content. We don’t know how it will all look 10 or more years from.
We do, however, know that learners (young and old) will need a way to be recognized for their skills. While the traditional diploma has done this job for centuries, there is a newer, more powerful way before us now: Digital Badges!
Digital Badges, or micro-credentials as they are sometimes called, will one day (maybe soon) replace the traditional diploma for a variety of reasons including:

  • Ease of verification
  • Ease of display on social media profiles and websites
  • Ease of scalability

This course will help you understand how badges work, how to use them in your classroom or school, how to design them and how to deliver and display them.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of this course, participants will:
  • Understand what digital badges and micro-credentialing are and their role in the future of education
  • The “Why” for using digital badges in the classroom
  • How to setup a digital backpack
  • How and where to create (artwork) digital badges
  • Methods to gamify and create currency for your badges and badge program
  • How to issue a digital badge to a variety of learners and platforms
  • Architect a best use case for a classroom or school wide digital badge program

 

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Lessons

What Are Digital Badges? (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

At first I thought the concept of digital badging was rather simple. Militaries have been issuing badges for thousands of years, how much different can digital badges be? Um, well they are different. Not so much in why we award them, but the process of awarding and accepting them has changed.

At first I thought the concept of digital badging was rather simple. Militaries have been issuing badges for thousands of years, how much different can digital badges be?

Um, well they are different. Not so much in why we award them, but the process of awarding and accepting them has changed.

Setting Up Your Badge Backpack (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

The digital backpack is where badges are stored. This service is offered by Mozilla for free and is, really, the heart of the entire program. In the old days, badges were awarded as physical objects. Today they can be awarded as digital objects. However, if you have multiple digital awards from multiple awarding agencies, it is a pain to tie them all together. The digital backpack changes all that!

The digital backpack is where badges are stored. This service is offered by Mozilla for free and is, really, the heart of the entire program. In the old days, badges were awarded as physical objects. Today they can be awarded as digital objects. However, if you have multiple digital awards from multiple awarding agencies, it is a pain to tie them all together.

The digital backpack changes all that!

Earn Your First Badge (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

You earned one badge from Mozilla in the last lesson. This lesson will show you what it is like to earn a badge from an outsider provider/host. This lets you test out a badge hosting provider to see if it would meet your needs.

You earned one badge from Mozilla in the last lesson. This lesson will show you what it is like to earn a badge from an outsider provider/host. This lets you test out a badge hosting provider to see if it would meet your needs.

Digital Badge Ideas: Start With The Why (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

Now that you understand (hopefully) what digital badges are, it is time to come up with some ideas for generating these badges.

Now that you understand (hopefully) what digital badges are, it is time to come up with some ideas for generating these badges.

Creating Digital Badges (Artwork) (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

So now you have your badge idea and you want to create your own badge to use in your classroom. At my school one of the teachers graciously volunteered to make badges for everybody. If you can find that person at your school, super! However, you may need to make them on your If you have a digital art background, then this will be an easy project for you. If not, then you might want to consider using one of the badge design resources available on the web.

So now you have your badge idea and you want to create your own badge to use in your classroom. At my school one of the teachers graciously volunteered to make badges for everybody. If you can find that person at your school, super! However, you may need to make them on your If you have a digital art background, then this will be an easy project for you. If not, then you might want to consider using one of the badge design resources available on the web.

Gamify Your Digital Badge Program To Create Currency (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

An easy, quick and fast way to create badge currency in your class or organization is to add a gaming element such as leveling up. This usually means the first couple of badges are attainable by everybody, but the last couple of badges are very difficult to get. If you can earn it, people are impressed!

An easy, quick and fast way to create badge currency in your class or organization is to add a gaming element such as leveling up. This usually means the first couple of badges are attainable by everybody, but the last couple of badges are very difficult to get. If you can earn it, people are impressed!

Issuing a Digital Badge (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

Now that you have your badge ideas and have created a badge, time to put that badge someplace and award it to people. This section requires a little bit of technical effort. Nothing too horrible, but you might have to climb a learning curve a little. Basically we are going upload your badge to a website, where it will live, and then award it to someone. I always send the first badge to myself first to make sure it is working well before awarding it to a group of students, etc.

Now that you have your badge ideas and have created a badge, time to put that badge someplace and award it to people. This section requires a little bit of technical effort. Nothing too horrible, but you might have to climb a learning curve a little.

Basically we are going upload your badge to a website, where it will live, and then award it to someone. I always send the first badge to myself first to make sure it is working well before awarding it to a group of students, etc.

Badge Program Readings (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

More and more press is focusing on digital badges and micro-credentialing. Now take some time to read more in depth about open badges.

More and more press is focusing on digital badges and micro-credentialing. Now take some time to read more in depth about open badges.

Architect Your Digital Badge Program (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

At this point you have a badge idea, design, location to host your badge, badge backpack, etc. Let's take all those skills together and architect (map out) and digital badge program for your classroom, school or organization. This will give you a plan and will help you move forward from idea phase to execution phase. Design your plan and work your plan.

At this point you have a badge idea, design, location to host your badge, badge backpack, etc. Let's take all those skills together and architect (map out) and digital badge program for your classroom, school or organization. This will give you a plan and will help you move forward from idea phase to execution phase. Design your plan and work your plan.

Evaluating Badge Programs (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

This assignment is only required for students earning 500 level credit from The Heritage Institute.

This assignment is only required for students earning 500 level credit from The Heritage Institute.

Integration Paper and Course Survey

Author: Michael Boll

Complete the requirements for university quarter credit by submitting a final Integration Paper

Complete the requirements for university quarter credit by submitting a final Integration Paper

Introduce Yourself

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Easy

Welcome to the course. Wonderful to have you here. I look forward to learning with you as we explore the power of Internet as it grows in what it can do and what it knows about us.

Welcome to the course. Wonderful to have you here. I look forward to learning with you as we explore the power of Internet as it grows in what it can do and what it knows about us.