Badges to accredit learning

Badging offers a flexible mechanism for recognising achievements as steps towards more substantial goals. Badging can also provide an informal alternative to accreditation. During 2012, the initial infrastructure and profile for badges became established. In 2013, there are encouraging signs that the tools and infrastructure are improving, with implementations appearing for mainstream learning environments. Educators are increasing their experience of using badging to help courses run successfully online and to motivate learners. Badging implementation requires further development, for example to offer more flexible ways to provide evidence.. Lack of structures that can combine badges into a common accreditation framework currently limits their use. Greater awareness and presence of badging through social networks  is still required, but the core technology of a ‘badge backpack’ has already been refined.

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