Open Digital Badges: Theory and Design

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Are you confused by all the information out there about open digital badges? Are you interested in badges, but don’t know where to begin? Have you been tasked with developing badges for your organization, but need a good starting place? In this introductory online course, open digital badges are presented along with explanations about how they developed, where they work in organizations, and how badges fit nicely within new and existing training programs. Working at your own pace, this course is a well-balanced combination of theory and application, along with plenty of examples. This course will help you ascertain whether badges would be a good fit for your organization.

This introductory Open Digital Badge e-learning course is designed to be the first step to fill the badging knowledge niche in an adult learning organization.  Filling the badging knowledge niche will provide organizations with new opportunities to promote their learning events, increase engagement and learner retention while also providing learners with a valuable portable credential of which they can be proud.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Identify IACET’s role in continuing education, training, and open digital badges
  • Distinguish open digital badges and what makes them unique amongst other credentials
  • Explain the importance of quality metadata within badges
  • Understand why badges as portable and shareable artifacts contribute to recognition of learning and achievement
  • Identify the role of different organizations involved in the Open Badge Standard
  • Recognize the importance of IACET’s Open Badges Standard and the additional metadata needed for conformity
  • Understand how instructional design of badges can be key for specific outcomes in organizations
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