I recently researched the use of digital badges with a focus on using them for professional development. I’m posting some of the research in case it might be useful to anyone else in the Canvas community.
Planning (Badge Planning Considerations)
In Digital Badges: Principles and Standards of Quality for Recognizing Learning, the Michigan Department of Education (2015) recommends that we:
Structuring (Higher Education Examples)
North Virginia Community Colleges (NOVA) and the University of Louisiana implemented digital badging for professional development to motivate teachers to use technology for learning (WCET, 2017). NOVA emphasizes asynchronous/synchronous faculty workshops over in-person training and use badges for faculty evaluations, promotions, appointments, portfolios and social media. The University of Louisiana aligned digital badges to their existing training paths, tenure, promotion, teaching and service. They started with one digital credential in 2016 and added three more by 2017. Indiana University has three tiers for their digital badges (Hart, 2015):
Selecting (Canvas & Digital Badges)
For anyone just starting out with digital badges in Canvas, it is easy to eliminate Canvabadges from consideration because they are no longer maintained.
Badgr appears to be the most popular platform used in Canvas, according to user comments about Badges that integrate and have partnerships with Canvas.
Platforms to consider along with Badgr are Open Badge Factory, Credly and BadgeSafe. Although I’m not yet using digital badges in Canvas, I think there are some good reasons to seriously consider Badgr. According to the Badgr website, we can try out Badgr on a test server or beta server before installing on a production server.
Some of the Badgr benefits according to the Canvas Community:
I tried out Badgr by creating a digital badge that anyone can earn by remixing this Online Discussions OER. Feel free to remix the OER and earn a badge! Let me know if you have any questions or problems since I'm new to OER and to badging. Although Badgr allows us to upload an image, I used one of their existing badge graphics. One thing I learned trying out Badgr is that it’s not a good idea to make changes after a badge is awarded. In that situation, we should create a new badge with the new criteria.
A helpful graphic that shows the anatomy of a digital badge:
Biray Seitz. (2016, April 6). Badging Platforms for Canvas. Retrieved December 26, 2017, from https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-6557-badging-platforms-for-canvas
Hart, M. (2015, January 14). Badges: A New Measure of Professional Development. Retrieved December 26, 2017, from https://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/01/14/badges-a-new-measure-of-professional-development.as...
Michigan Department of Education. (2015). Digital Badges: Principles And Standards Of Quality For Recognizing Learning . Retrieved from http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Digital_Badges_principles_and_standards_rubric_9-21-2015_50042...
WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET). (2017) Digital Credentials for Faculty Professional Development. Retrieved December 26, 2017, from https://wcetfrontiers.org/2017/10/05/digital-credentials-for-faculty-pd/
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As an Instructional Designer at Macomb Community College, I design, develop and facilitate online and on-ground workshops including online faculty certification and Canvas certification. I also support faculty in repurposing courses from an on-ground to an online learning environment, recommend course improvement ideas, and support faculty in using technology to facilitate learning. I obtained an Ed.S. and M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and a B.A. in Education from the University of Michigan in Dearborn, Michigan.