What is a digital badge?

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A digital badge is a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, contribution, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments. The digital badges makes it easy to validate authenticity of the issued badges by referencing them to their issuers. Open Badges is an open source standard for creating and issueing those digital credentials.

Open digital badging makes it easy for anyone to issue, earn, and display badges across the web—through an infrastructure that uses shared and open technical technical standards. Open badges can be transferred between learning management systems (LMS) that support the integration feature.

The world is changing fast and, today more than ever, traditional modes of assessment fail to capture the learning that happens everywhere and at every age. Digital badges are a powerful new tool for identifying and validating the rich array of people’s skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and competencies. Digital badges inspire new pathways to learning and connect learners to opportunities, resources, and one another.