The use of digital badges in the tertiary sector, while gaining some momentum, is still in its infancy with institutions just beginning to think about how they might be used. While seen as one of the emerging technologies to watch in coming years, discussion on the use of badges can be connected to various concepts around the future of higher education and approaches to learning and teaching. Within this discussion issues are raised around credentialing, micro-credentialing (and the place of higher education in this), the relationship of this to competency based education, pedagogy and the role of emerging technologies. The engagement of higher education more broadly in such discussions is a key stepping stone to the way in which digital badges can be conceived of, and potentially utilised. However, positioning of institutions around these issues and consideration of their own infrastructure gives rise to the various ways in which badges can be implemented in any given context. Working from the idea of institutional context, a range of use cases are highlighted and attention is drawn to both the challenges and opportunities these present. The chapter considers the implementation of digital badges within the Australian context and presents a model which draws together contextual elements and more technical considerations for a badge system. Some of the key considerations include institutional directions such as strategic position, level of investment, policy and process issues, learning and teaching approaches as well as technical aspects.
|Title of host publication||Foundation of Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials|
|Subtitle of host publication||Demonstrating and Recognizing Knowledge and Competencies|
|Editors||Dirk Ifenthaler, Nicole Bellin-Mularski, Dana-Kristin Mah|
|Place of Publication||Switzerland|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|