Digital Badging at DIT

For the first time at DIT, the LTTC are leading on the implementation of digital badges in association with their professional development workshops.

What is a Digital Badge?

‌A digital badge is a validated representation of a skill, achievement earned or knowledge gained. Digital badges can be displayed or shared online via a range of platforms including virtual learning environments, blogs, eportfolios and social media sites such as LinkedIn.  Thus digital badges can be used by learners to provide evidence of learning and achievement to potential employers, organisations and other parties.

Digital badges are commonly used to recognise learning that occurs both inside and outside the classroom. For students, they can be used within academic programmes or modules where they may be used to recognise the development of a specific skill or they may be used as a type of “micro-credit” within modules where they can motivate and engage learners as they progress through various activities. Outside the classroom, digital badges are also increasingly used to recognised skills developed via extra-curricular activities including peer mentoring, volunteering and participation in societies.

Digital Badging at DIT

The LTTC will pilot a digital badging initiative alongside the “Master Blender” series of workshops which will begin in October 2016. On successful completion of each workshop and associated activities participants will be awarded a digital badge which they can display on their LinkedIn profile. On successful completion of three core workshops and one elective, participants will be awarded a “Master Blender” badge.

Badges will be awarded via Credly, a digital badging service provider, and awardees can later share them on LinkedIn and other social media channels.