Get the Inside Scoop on How to Build a Badge System From the Badges for Lifelong Learning DML Competition Grantees

If you’re looking for information, advice, and lessons learned about designing, developing, and deploying badge systems, look no further than HASTAC’s new Project Q&A Interviews with the 30 Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition grantees. This is the most substantial information about badge system development to be published since the launch of the Competition two years ago.

Thirty rich, thorough grantee surveys convey the variety of experiences and insights of badge development and institutional adoption, offering all of us real-life examples of how to build badge system for a wide range of audiences and purposes: higher ed, professional development, museum programs, schools, veterans, workforce development, and anywhere, anytime learning environments.

Questions include:

  • What are the three most important things you would share with another organization just getting started?

  • What are the three main challenges to widespread adoption of your badge system for your organization?

  • What were your initial goals in building your badge system?

  • What are three things you learned about badge system design?

  • What would you do differently if you were to start over?

To read the Q&As, visit HASTAC’s Digital Badges page.

 

About Digital Badges

A digital badge is a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments. Open badging makes it easy for anyone to issue, earn, and display badges across the web—through a shared infrastructure that's free and open to all.

The world is changing fast and, today more than ever, traditional modes of assessment fail to capture the learning that happens everywhere and at every age. Digital badges are a powerful new tool for identifying and validating the rich array of people's skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and competencies. Digital badges inspire new pathways to learning and connect learners to opportunities, resources, and one another.

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About the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition

Badges for Lifelong Learning is the fourth iteration of the Digital Media and Learning Competition, supported by the MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC. The Competition, held in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, awarded grants ranging from $25,000 to $175,000 to 30 project teams that worked to create badges—digital tools that identify and validate the rich array of skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and competencies for 21st-Century learners.

Badging systems were developed not only for learning content but also for teacher learning and feedback. The four winners of the Teacher and Project Mastery Competition, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, were granted awards of varying amounts to develop their proposed badging systems.

Research competitions:

Badges, Trophies, and Achievements: Recognition and Accreditation for Informal and Interest-Driven Learning was supported by the MacArthur Foundation and awarded research funds to support the gathering and reporting of findings on novel and effective ways to assess learning practices, especially learning facilitated by digital media.

The Digital Media & Learning Research Competition in Badging and Badge Systems Development was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and supported research that informs and furthers the design, development, and deployment of digital badges and badge systems.