The Digital Badges Interest Group's charge is to provide a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas related to digital badges and micro-credentials, particularly as they relate to libraries (of all types) and information literacy. The interest group’s work may also include: developing new ideas and approaches to using digital badges, sharing information about badging projects, research, and platforms, and providing networking opportunities for members.
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Non-degree credentials, including digital badges and micro, are likely to be an important part of the training and education efforts as the country begins the process of recovery from the pandemic created recession. These short-term credentials could be important tools for workers and students, post-secondary education providers and policy makers and states in the process of getting people back to work and responding to the changing nature of the labor market. As a result, systems, and approaches to measuring and ensuring quality of non-degree credentials, are more important now than ever. To guide these efforts, we will share a framework to guide thinking about quality for non-degree credentials.
Digital Badge: a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments (HASTAC)
Microcredential: a credential that recognizes the acquisition of specific skills that is more granular than traditional degrees and other certifications. A digital badge can be a kind of microcredential. (Educause)
Open Badge: a visual symbol of accomplishment with baked in verifiable data and evidence that can be shared across the web (Openbadges.org)
Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI): technical infrastructure established by Mozilla Foundation in 2012 and currently maintained by IMS Global. This standard ensures interoperability across all open badge systems. (Badge Alliance)