Digital Badges

Recently Kyle Peck, COIL co-director and advocate for alternative credentialing, spoke with Educause Review’s Kristi DePaul on his vision for what’s next in higher education.

“Instead of prescribing a generalized path, we could enable students to fill in gaps in knowledge, in skill sets,” Peck said. “We could validate what they can do. A number of institutions are developing programs… Read more »

A study released on July 28 by UPCEA (the University Professional and Continuing Education Association), Penn State and Pearson, at the UPCEA and the American Council on Education (ACE) Summit for Online Leadership in Washington, D.C., found widespread acceptance and use of alternative credentialing programs at American colleges and universities.

The study, conducted by Jim Fong, director of UPCEA’s Center… Read more »

Members of the Penn State community who would like an opportunity to engage in conversations around offering digital badges at the University are invited to attend a new quarterly Digital Badge Meet-Up. The first Meet-Up will take place Wednesday, Sept. 16 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in 313 Keller Building, University Park. A complimentary pizza lunch will be provided.

To… Read more »

Originally Held: November 5, 2014

Unlike conventional credentials, open digital badges can contain specific claims about learning, detailed evidence supporting those claims, and links to additional claims and evidence. This wealth of information can then circulate in digital networks and be annotated and curated by the earner. Proponents argue that this new way of recognizing learning will be both transformative and… Read more »

Originally Held: April 3, 2014

In this COIL Conversation we talked with Chris Stubbs, Project Manager for Penn State’s digital badging platform, a new platform that will facilitate the implementation of digital badging across Penn State. After a brief overview on the topic of badging, we discussed the challenges and opportunities this technology presents for Penn State. Chris also shared how… Read more »