How to implement badging and micro-credentialing for innovative learning

It’s a new year, and it’s a fresh chance to make and meet new goals. As we dive headfirst into 2018, one thing is for sure: technology will continue to play a huge role in education. Although tech can’t replace teachers, it’s a great tool for encouraging both learner and educator growth.

With the expansion of tech in our schools, it’s going to be even more critical to implement badging systems for innovative learning, to ensure seamless and purposeful technology integration.

What is micro-credentialing and badging?

Micro-credentialing and badging are often used interchangeably, but have subtle differences.

Micro-credentialing is the process a user goes through to earn specific certifications. This could take the form of an educator completing training on best practices and becoming certified in them.

Badging, on the other hand, is the manifestation and proof of the micro-credential. Once a user completes his or her micro-credentialing, he or she earns a digital badge (or even a physical badge!) to display skill level.

Why does this matter?

Micro-credentialing and badging are crucial for a few reasons.

First, it’s important for both learners and educators to go through a process that easily measures what is important to you in a digital environment. This will make it easier to measure progress, instead of relying on outdated systems that are not set up to measure life-ready skills. Digital micro-credentialing makes it a cinch to measure your ROI because you can clearly see where the investments are paying off.

Second, the badging aspect of micro-credentialing gamifies the certification process, encouraging users to crave earning more badges. It’s also public proof of their progress, which gives users a sense of pride and accomplishment, providing crucial feedback during the learning process and signaling their ability to serve as thought partners for others working on that badge.

Third, micro-credentialing and badging helps users set goals and measure their progress. True success can only be made when learners can monitor and acknowledge their growth. This encourages a growth mindset, inspiring learners to continue improving themselves and setting more goals.

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How to implement micro-credentialing and badging for innovation

  1. Include educators, leaders, and students.

Micro-credentialing isn’t just for adults! Involve teachers, principals, administrators, and even students in the micro-credentialing system. This encourages a consistent culture of measurable, achievable goals at all levels.

  1. Have a user-friendly digital system that awards and tracks badges earned.

It’s hard to implement a micro-credentialing and badging system if it’s not intuitive and user-friendly. When it comes to designing your digital system, remember to KISS it! Simplicity is key to encourage adoption.

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  1. Design micro-credentials with the outcome in mind.

Whenever you want to implement a new process or system, it’s crucial to build it with your end goal in mind. If you want more fidelity of implementation in the classroom, for example, ensure that your micro-credentialing is aligned to your goals for the learner experience.

This is something we prioritized during the design of our e2L Studio© micro-credentialing platform and our partners have seen great success with using it to meet goals for learning.

The bottom line

Want to learn more about innovation in education? Check out engage2learn’s presentations at the TCEA conference in Austin, TX from February 5 – 9.

Presentations include:

Badging the Blueprint: Purposeful Digital Learning

Hilton, Salon D

February 5 from 2:30 pm – 4 pm

 

Coaching and Planning Are The Keys To Successfully Transform A Learning Community

Room M1

February 7 from 10 am – 11:30 am

 

We hope to see you there!


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