Digital badges are beginning to be recognized as the next "disruptive technology" in education, particularly at the K-12 level. Students earn digital credentials for showing academic content knowledge in areas that may not be measured by traditional assessment methods.
“Digital badges are essentially credentials that may be earned by meeting established performance criteria,” Angela Elkrody, a fellow at the Eastern Michigan University for Leadership at Counseling, told eSchool News. “The vision of a digital badging ‘ecosystem,’ that is, a loosely connected framework of badges designed by various authorizers for different purposes, is moving forward to realization.”
In such an ecosystem, a school could issue badges to students for the completion of a series of projects designed by the school or by a local business that shows competency in a related Advanced Placement subject. Assessments would be predetermined and a badge presented when the student can demonstrate the specific competency in the course.