Enroll in #EmTechMOOC to earn a Coursera Certificate of Completion and digital badges.
Share your accomplishments with others through your personal online portfolio, your resume, and social networks to signify your accomplishments and show your progress toward being a lifelong learner.
What is a Digital Badge?
In a case study published by EDUCAUSE, a digital badge is defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest (Knight & Casili, 2012). Badges are also often referred to as micro-credentials. Consider traditional badges issued by organizations such as the Girl Scouts of the United States of America; each badge/patch is a visual representation of an accomplishment or skill. On the surface, a badge seems to just be a pretty picture. Beneath the surface, a badge is more complex.
What makes a digital badge unique is the data packed inside the badge. The image of an open digital badge, created by Bryan Mathers, shows the information contained in digital badges. A digital badge is comprised of several parts, including the image, the earner’s personal information (making the badge unique to the user), and the evidence (a permanent connection to the accomplishment of the badge earner. This combination ensures that each badge is unique and a true representation of an earner’s accomplishment. Most badges are issued in an open badge format, meaning they are stored in a user’s online badge backpack; they can be transferred across different systems. The OpenBadges site has a good overview for anyone getting started with badging and includes information about earning, issuing, displaying and understanding badge awards.
Open Digital Badges
Badging is an emerging trend that offers a new way to represent skills and achievements that may be traditionally difficult to document. Badges help participants track their progress, encourage the completion of Discovery Exercises, and provide motivation to succeed in completing #EmTechMOOC. Badges are typically earned via “quests,” which are completed by badge earners. Badge earners interact with a variety of materials, ultimately producing a learning object to demonstrate their knowledge of the content. Generally, these learning objects must then be approved by the moderators of the quest, who authorize and issue the badge.
This video from the MacArthur Foundation explains what a badge is and its benefits. It also includes examples of their use within education. A key message shared in the video is that, “Badges are a new idea to recognize the learning that happens anywhere and share it in the places that matter.” Watch the following video, “What is a Badge?,” by the MacArthur Foundation (video length 3:36 min.).
Types of Badges
There are several types of badges, including Quest, Community Issued, Special Badges and Mastery Badges in #EmTechMOOC.
Quest Badges are awarded for the completion of Discovery Exercises.
Community Issued Badges are awarded for Outstanding Peer Support provided to other participants. The Outstanding Peer Support Badge is awarded by the #EmTechMOOC Community through a peer-voting process to the top 3 participants in each Coursera cohort.
Special Badges are awarded for Contributing to EmTechWIKI. These special badges are optionally earned by any MOOC participant who added a new tool or resource to the EmTechWIKI collection.
#EmTechMOOC Coursera Certificates of Completion and Mastery Badges are awarded after completing the following required activities within Coursera:
- complete a minimum of 4 Discovery Exercises of your choosing; one from each module on 21st-century learning (Lifelong Learning, Communication/Collaboration, Creativity, & Critical Thinking);
- participate in each module’s weekly discussions, and support your fellow learners in the learning community;
- build an ePortfolio demonstrating your skills and accomplishments;
- participate in an ePortfolio peer-review activity;
- claim your badges at the end of each module; and
- submit a summary post reflecting on your learning journey and your experiences in this MOOC.
You must be enrolled in #EmTechMOOC to earn a Coursera Certificate of Completion and claim digital badges. The resources in this EmTechWIKI site are also able to be explored as a stand-alone resource, independently of the MOOC. (Instructors: Consider adding MOOC content and activities to your courses.)
Instructions about how to claim and share your badges on your social media networks is available on the Credly website.
#EmTechMOOC Badge Constellation