Case Studies: Lessons and Challenges

In addition to the reports analyzing four main functions of digital badge system practices, we are compiling short pieces about specific topics or challenges in badge system design. These case studies aim to highlight the practical wisdom gained by the system designers over the course of their design, implementation, and formalization of badge system practices.

Many more are forthcoming.

Ensuring distributed educators meet endorser standards: Planet Stewards

Using a teacher training program to protect badge validity and an endorsing partner’s expectation of quality.

Recognizing Learning across Contexts: SA&FS

Badges allow recognition of learning that occurs across contexts, but this presents challenges for assessment

Spotlight on Connected Learning:

Badges for Connected Learning at PASA

An investigation into how the Providence After School Alliance is adapting their badge system to improve their ability to provide recognition for connected learning with digital badges.

Case Study: Establishing the Value of Badges for Earners

Open Badges allow new practices of interacting with personal credentials. Students who are new to badges may also be new to using traditional credentials to present their accomplishments or qualifications and unsure how to leverage them to unlock new opportunities. This case study describes how this challenge played out across several of DML Badges for Lifelong Learning Awardees and those projects’ responses.

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Mozilla Open Badges
Digital Badges are web-enabled credentials of learning or accomplishment. -Erin Knight, director of the Badge Alliance
Badges contain detailed claims about learning, links to actual evidence of learning, and they're shareable over the web. -Dan Hickey, DPD Project Lead Investigator
To me, digital badges represent the bridge between formal learning & informal structures. -Alex Halavais, DML research competition winner
Open Badges can help people tell a verifiable story about their accomplishments. -Nate Otto, DPD Project coordinator
Regardless of where you start, it’s more than likely you’ll end up somewhere other than your intended destination. That’s okay. Systems are living things, and your badge system needs to be flexible. You must embrace a bit of chaos in its design. -Carla Casilli, Director of Design + Practice at the Badge Alliance