A Comprehensive Guide To Digital Badges

by Accredible

This is your in-depth guide to what digital badges are used. We cover everything from how they’re issued to how they’re aggregated and verified.

Key Chapters

  1. An introduction to digital badges and a brief history

    Simply put, a digital badge is an indicator of accomplishment or skill that can be displayed, accessed, and verified online. These badges can be earned in a wide variety of environments, an increasing number of which are online.

  2. The anatomy of digital badges

    In addition to the image-based design we think of as a digital badge, badges have meta-data to communicate details of the badge to anyone wishing to verify it, or learn more about the context of the achievement it signifies.

  3. The many functions of digital badges

    Just like their real-world counterparts, digital badges serve a wide variety of purposes depending on the issuing body and the individual. For the most part, badges’ functions can be bucketed into one of five categories.

  4. How badges are issued and verified

    Badges are issued by individual organizations who set criteria for what constitutes earning a badge. They’re most often issued through an online credential or badging platform.

  5. Criticism of digital badges

    There are various arguments to be made against the implementation of digital badges, including the common issuance of seemingly “meaningless” badges.

  6. The future of digital badges

    With the rise of online education and the increasing availability of high quality massive open online courses, there will be an increasing need for verifiable digital badges and digital credentials.

Badges will continue to gain popularity as a way to signify learning achievement, and the need to verify the legitimacy of badges will increase as more organizations enter the market and offer their own online courses.

The most comprehensive guide on digital badges you could possibly imagine. You will start with the very basics, such as the definition and purposes of digital badges, continue with some technical details like how they are issued, and end up discussing why some people think they are useless and what the future of digital badges looks like.

Christopher Pappas

Christopher Pappas
Founder of The eLearning Industry's Network