ePortfolio badging


Although a diploma provides some insight into an individual’s abilities, it does not provide detailed insight into what that individual knows and can do. A digital badge can provide greater understanding of an individual’s knowledge, skills, and attitudes. When combined in a pathway, students can showcase what they have achieved and how they get there.
Digital badges are also new pathways to learning by connecting students to learning opportunities. In a rapidly changing society, digital badges are credentials awarded to individuals that publicly certify achievement. It provides an indicator of accomplishment, skill, or interest in a learning environment.

Types of badges:

Badges can be utilized to document different types of accomplishments. Most often they are designed to measure competency or achievement.

Tips for badging

  1. Define the learning outcome(s) and competencies associated with the badge; make these outcomes and competencies transparent so students appreciate what they learned and so potential employers understand what a graduate’s abilities are;
  2. Issue the badge for competency or skill, rather than for achieving a specific grade;
  3. Create levels of competence so students can stack badges;
  4. Utilize the ePortfolio system to distribute badges so students can take badges with them after graduation; Portfolium offers direct deposit of badges to a student’s ePortfolio;
  5. Provide badges for co-curricular activities, in addition to curricular;
  6. Create badges that are interesting and of value to the student;
  7. Ensure badge language is understandable to students;
  8. Create badges that can be earned with a reasonable amount of effort;
  9. Link badges to 21st century skills or NACE outcomes; and
  10. Consider the depth of knowledge necessary for the badge (consider Bloom’s taxonomy levels: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating).