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Digital Badging at DIT

In 2016, the LTTC lead DIT on the implementation of digital badges, when badges were offered to DIT staff in recognition of their attainments on a suite of professional development workshops related to blended learning.

What is a Digital Badge?

‌A digital badge is a validated representation of a skill, achievement earned or knowledge gained. Digital badges can be displayed or shared online via a range of platforms including virtual learning environments, blogs, eportfolios and social media sites such as LinkedIn.  Thus digital badges can be used by learners to provide evidence of learning and achievement to potential employers, organisations and other parties.

Digital badges are commonly used to recognise learning that occurs both inside and outside the classroom. For students, they can be used within academic programmes or modules where they may be used to recognise the development of a specific skill or they may be used as a type of “micro-credit” within modules where they can motivate and engage learners as they progress through various activities. Outside the classroom, digital badges are also increasingly used to recognised skills developed via extra-curricular activities including peer mentoring, volunteering and participation in societies.

Digital Badging at DIT

The LTTC piloted a badging initiative alongside the “Master Blender” series of workshops which ran in Autumn 2016. On successful completion of each workshop and associated activities participants were awarded a digital badge (which could be displayed on their LinkedIn profiles). On successful completion of three core workshops and one elective, participants were awarded a “Master Blender” badge.

Badges were awarded via Credly, a digital badging service provider,  which allowed awardees to later share the badges on LinkedIn and other social media channels.