Design Principles

The DPD Project identified general design principles across four functions of digital badge systems. Learn more about the design principles in this section.

Introduction to Design Principles | Recognizing Learning | Assessing Learning | Motivating Learning | Studying Learning

The design principles are general, which means they can be applied in a variety of different contexts, and two specific implementations in different badge systems may look quite different. They have proven to be a useful research tool, especially in drawing out examples to compare to one another and in highlighting the contextual factors that make implementation at one project so different to another’s.

General Design Principles

Clicking each principle will show a listing of the badge systems (those uploaded so far) that used that principle as well as topical case studies that address it.

Specific Principles

Most of the general design principles could be implemented in a few different ways. When there was a useful and clear distinction between categories of implementation, we subdivided the general principle into specific principles.

Hurf, can only have one tabbed table per page; going to redo this.

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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