I am familiar with Badgr and Credly, but cannot speak to the ease (or difficulty) of implementation. Here are some resources that might be helpful.
Comparison tools and platform lists
Write-ups by other institutions or systems:
Lecturer Faculty, Department of Equity, Leadership Studies & Instructional Technologies
San Francisco State University
We are exploring the very same topic. We have been using Credly for the past year or so to give badges to faculty who complete courses in a 3 course series we developed for effective online teaching.
That said, we are a Canvas school and, as we explore our own pilot program, are looking at Badgr’s badging solution (which is free to use, at least for Canvas, maybe all though?) as well as their Pathway’s solution for stacking badges and providing a view of that badge path for participants.
It’s is all very early stage but those are the two platforms and vendors we have focused our time currently.
Instructional Systems Consultant
ITS – STELAR: St. Thomas E-Learning and Research
more on Credly in this IMS blog
Monday, June 11, 3PM
- Everything on badges and microcredentialing n this blog:
- Colorado Digital Badging Initiative
From Gail Ruhland:
Guess what … I searched for Brenda Perea (in hopes of maybe getting some information on how they set up their system) … One of her current positions is with Credly … Do we still want to reach out to her?
Johnathan Finkelstein: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=finkelstein
Penn State Digital Badges: https://badgesapp.psu.edu/
Penn State team tackles surge of digital badge usage in Nittany AI Challenge
What Are Digital Badges
Chancellor Zimpher Announces SUNY Effort to Expand Micro Credentials for Students
October 29, 2015
Kaltura promo: https://learn.esc.edu/media/Ken+Lindblom%2C+Dean+of+the+School+of+Professional+Development%2C+Stony+Brook+University/1_wxhe9l4h
SUNY Micro-Credentialing Task Force Report and Recommendations: http://www.system.suny.edu/media/suny/content-assets/documents/faculty-senate/plenary/Microcredentialing-Report-Final-DRAFT—9-18-17.pdf
page 4, page 12-21
Pearson Digital Library for Education
Millennial demand drives higher ed badging expansion
You don’t need a whole degree to learn to fly or fix a drone
Fields in which most badges have been issued:
- Health care
94%: Institutions offering alternative credentials
1 in 5: Colleges and universities that issue badges
Nearly 2/3: Institutions that cited alternative credentials as an important strategy for the future.
-Source: “Demographic Shifts in Educational Demand and the Rise of Alternative Credentials,” University Professional and Continuing Education Association and Pearson, 2016
Credly Badges Now Available Through Canvas
By Rhea Kelly 01/09/17
Students can now earn digital badges when they complete modules in Canvas, thanks to a new partnership between Credly and the learning management system from Instructure.
“Digital badges are a powerful and employer-friendly complement to grades and other information traditionally found on a college transcript,” said Brenda Perea, instructional design project manager at Colorado Community College System, which deployed an early pilot of Credly Learning Edition for Canvas.
more on badges in this IMS blog
Badging: Not Quite the Next Big Thing
While badging and digital credentialing are gaining acceptance in the business world and, to some extent, higher education, K-12 educators — and even students — are slower to see the value.
By Michael Hart 07/20/16
That’s when the MacArthur Foundation highlighted the winning projects of its Badges for Lifelong Learning competition at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in Chicago. The competition, co-sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation, had attracted nearly 100 competitors a year earlier. The winners shared $2 million worth of development grants.
Evidence of Lifelong Learning
A digital badge or credential is a validation, via technology, that a person has earned an accomplishment, learned a skill or gained command of specific content. Typically, it is an interactive image posted on a web page and connected to a certain body of information that communicates the badge earner’s competency.
Credly is a company that offers off-the-shelf credentialing and badging for organizations, companies and educational institutions. One of its projects, BadgeStack, which has since been renamed BadgeOS, was a winner in the 2013 MacArthur competition. Virtually any individual or organization can use its platform to determine criteria for digital credentials and then award them, often taking advantage of an open-source tool like WordPress. The credential recipient can then use the BadgeOS platform to manage the use of the credential, choosing to display badges on social media profiles or uploading achievements to a digital resume, for instance.
Finkelstein and others see, with the persistently growing interest in competency-based education (CBE), that badging is a way to assess and document competency.
Colorado Education Initiative, (see webinar report in this IMS blog http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2016/06/20/colorados-digital-badging-initiative/)
There are obstacles, though, to universal acceptance of digital credentialing.
For one, not every community, company or organization sees a badge as something of value.
When a player earns points for his or her success in a game, those points have no value outside of the environment in which the game is played. For points, badges, credentials — however you want to define them — to be perceived as evidence of competency, they have to have portability and be viewed with value outside of their own environment.
More on badges in this IMS blog:
Please use this IMS blog, for more on digital badges in education:
Interesting opinion why badges will not work, unless adopted by the entire institution in the following webinar: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/09/04/gamification-its-easier-than-you-think/
From: Zane Berge [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:16 AM
Subject: Call for Chapters – Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases
You are invited to submit a chapter proposal for a book, Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases that Lin Muilenburg and I are editing that will be published by Routledge. Please see the call for chapters at: http://bit.ly/CFC_DBiE
Feel free to pass this call along to anyone or any group you believe would be interested.
Zane L. Berge, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Share, if you are using badges as part of the assessment process in your class and/or if you intend to start using it.
Let us know, if you would like to start discussion on this campus about adoption of badges as part of the assessment process.