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Dr. Ian Glover,
Technology Enhanced Learning team,
Student and Learning Services
Visual representation of achievement,
experience, affiliation and/or interest - ideally
distinctive and understood within a community.
“Badges mean nothing in themselves, but they
mark a certain achievement and they are a link
between the rich and the poor.
For when one girl sees a badge on a sister
Scout’s arm, if that girl has won the same
badge, it at once awakens an interest and
sympathy between them.”
- Juliette G. Low,
Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
Link to criteria and evidence for award
Add security and verification
can check whether a person was actually awarded a
Have the credibility of the awarding body
Allow sharing of 'badge clusters' from different
sources with others on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
Essentially, an image + embedded information
Open BadgesAnatomy (Updated) by Kyle Bowen.
Growing recognition that significant amounts
of learning happens outside the classroom
Grade transcripts hide the truth about
Strong links with current trends such as
MOOCs, Gamification, Mobile Learning
but can be used independently of these
Surface the learning 'hidden' in a transcript
Encourage students to undertake co- and extra-
Helps recognise informal learning
Enables students to differentiate themselves
The rise of the Informal University?
(MOOCs + Badges) * Awareness = Degree-equivalent?
Showing competency in a skill,
e.g. nursing students taking blood samples
Recognising extra-curricular activity
e.g. a music student participating in an orchestra
Representing co-curricular development
e.g. participation in Students' Union activities,
such as chairing society meetings
Identifying common themes in a programme
e.g. showing all modules that develop debating skills
Getting businesses and professional bodies
e.g. co-creating badges that meet workplace skills, or
Build toward specialism badges
e.g. students get badges that relate to their learning
journey, by reflecting their optional modules
Are there skills that students use and
Do you have extra-curricular activities to
Do you want to draw links between learning
and skills demanded by
Indiana Jones and the lost badge by Kyle Bowen.
For greatest effect:
Make them as professional-looking as possible
Issue cross-module badges
Badges should push students to go beyond the
Tell businesses/professional bodies about them
Link badges to 'real-world', desirable skills
Each badge must represent a substantial and
meaningful skill or experience