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So far, I’ve picked up on the notion of badges.  Digital badge systems assess and reward digital learning.  This is a new concept for me (though they are used in online gaming and online communities), but it has amazing potential in schools and libraries.  What if libraries had badge-earning workshops, or school library media specialists linked curricula to potential badges? The badge idea also seems to synch with the idea of an ePortfolio which is gaining ground.  Digital badges inform others how to attain skills--the badges provide a pathway.  I like this idea because I often wonder how people acquire certain skills, or how people were able to create certain artifacts.  Learners’ badges are viewable online and are attached to individuals’ online profiles.  New badges can be created as new technologies or skills emerge.  My questions are, who issues badges?  How much investment is required to earn badges?  Who decides what badges there are? And to what extent is the badge-earning system sustainable? I hope to look more into how HASTAC awards badges to its members.


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Hi Michael,

We're so glad you've joined HASTAC and the badges discussion going on here! We've collected most of our digital badges resources on, so you should check that out if you haven't already. However, there's a lot more to learn - and it seems like you'd really profit from the discussions posted by our DML IV grantees, who have been working for the past 2 years to develop digital badge systems. You can read more about them at

You can join in the active conversation by joining the Badges for Lifelong Learning group on HASTAC:

I hope to see you around!

Hilary Culbertson

Program Manager, HASTAC and the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition