Badges represent a way of acknowledging achievements or skill acquisition at a more granular level than a college degree. Credentials, the use of block chain and badges in higher education continues to gain traction as a way to acknowledge achievement and establish qualifications in various professional fields. The resources below provide an overview of the uses of digital badges and credentials in higher education and their implications for how individual accomplishments can be awarded, recognized, and shared.
In support of the higher education IT community, EDUCAUSE has implemented a Microcredentialing (digital badging) program. Those meeting the established criteria have an opportunity to earn and display digital badges in recognition of their engagement with the association.
Microcredentialing programs remain nascent at many institutions, but interest continues to grow. As the demand for flexible learning experiences increases, stakeholders might find renewed interest in and uses for microcredentials.
The 2023 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report profiles key trends and emerging technologies and practices shaping the future of teaching and learning, and envisions a number of scenarios and implications for that future.