Digital Badges

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

The fourth Digital Media & Learning Competition, Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, provided up to $2 million in grants for 30 innovative badge systems. The Competition was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, with additional support from the Gates Foundation and in partnership with Mozilla.  The Competition was administered by co-located HASTAC teams based at the University of California Humanities Research Institute and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University.  


The FutureEd Initiative is an open, worldwide, and user-inspired initiative that assesses the educational legacies we've inherited in order to design new ways of learning for present needs and future aspirations. It is led by those with the most at stake in transforming higher education: students and faculty.

More than 70 courses, workshops, events, and reading groups, in different locations and online, all open to the public, were created by members of the HASTAC alliance on “The History and Future of Higher Education”. The initiative includes a group page where collaborators can post about their activities; collaborative wikis on resources, pedagogical innovations, and institutional change; and other resources to support the interaction of students, full-time and adjunct faculty, independent scholars, and administrators from public and private research universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, K-12, vocational and for-profit schools, MOOCs, discussion groups, after-school programs, and lifelong learning institutions.

HASTAC Scholars

The HASTAC Scholars fellowship program is a student-driven community of graduate and undergraduate students who are working at the intersection of technology and the arts, humanities and sciences. Their work centers on rethinking pedagogy, learning, research, and academia for the digital age.

More than 800 graduate and undergraduate HASTAC Scholars have been sponsored by 145 colleges and universities from several countries. Scholars make professional and intellectual connections beyond their institutions and disciplines by collaborating, blogging, and sharing research and opportunities on Student-led forums have engaged hundreds of thousands of unique visitors to discuss topics including:

  • Quantified Self & Politics of Self-Tracking
  • Digital Collections
  • See Me Like I Do: A Forum on Selfies
  • Best Teaching Moments
  • Pedagogy and Grading 2.0
  • Museums and Libraries
  • Academic Publishing in the Digital Age
  • Critical Code Studies
  • Blogging and Social Media          
  • Game Studies
  • Queer and Feminist New Media Spaces
  • Visualization and Mapping
  • Race after the Internet
  • Democratizing Knowledge

If you are a student, you can be nominated as a HASTAC Scholar by a professor or mentor from your own institution. The nominations process is closed for 2017-2019, and will be open later next summer for 2018-2020.