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[Andertoons #5016 with permission]

These resources below may be downloaded, used as is, or adapted for use under the terms of the CC license below with credit given to:
  • Sue Hellman (2014), University of New Brunswick - Fredericton. Retrieved from Educational Mixology at,
  • the original sources of any media (images, videos) or information content (quotations, rubrics, etc.) which can be found in each slide's notes.

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A. Description

Digital badges are images used to symbolize skills or knowledge mastery, participation in activities, group membership, or personal achievements or qualities. Open badges, permanently linked to online descriptions which provide proof of ‘earnership’, can be displayed as evidence of competency, training, or job-related experience in e-portfolios or resumes. In the post-secondary sector, badges seem a natural fit for competency-based or professional certification programs because they provide a way to break out skill subsets and show which have been mastered. They also offer a means to recognize learning acquired through work, service, or sports, and participation in non-credit or informal learning opportunities.

Students, familiar with badges in the context of gaming, like them because they provide a way for accomplishments that do not normally show up in formal transcripts to be valued and shared. While some educators think open badges are a passing fad that will go the way of the MOOC, others see them as a way to revolutionize assessment. Questions being raised include:
  • Can badges replace grades? diplomas? resumes? Should they? Will they?
  • Do badges motivate learning in a different way, or do they simply replace a grade-driven ethos with a digital token system?
  • Will the benefits of badging make it worth an instructor's time to change or add another layer to his/her assessment/evaluation process? Is this sustainable?
  • Do badges offer a way to personalize learning and to move towards a more learner-centered pedagogy?

This presentation is intended for ‘badge beginners’ and those who may have tried implementing badges in a very limited way. During this session participants, through both individual and group activities, will:

  1. differentiate between 'digital' and 'open' badges.
  2. explore elements that make for a more effective badging system
  3. plan and design a badge using a template (can be downloaded below) and
  4. share benefits and barriers of badging in your setting
  5. earn at least one badge

B. Available Badges

It's possible to earn 3 badges for attending and participating in this workshop: (1) Workshop Attendee -- must collect in person; (2) Badge Maker -- submit by email to receive the badge claim link; (3) Community I or II -- self-assessed and downloaded by the participants.

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  • This file contains the badge criteria and evidence requirements.
  • It is a word document which can be adapted for your context.

C. Badge Maker Planning Template -- please download prior to the workshop if possible

Mobile devices may not have the software for editing pptx files. Please bring an editable (virtual or paper) version of this page to the workshop.
  • This is a pptx file which can be completed by adding text boxes in powerpoint.
  • The badge graphic, once saved to your computer, can be copied or inserted.

When you submit the badge plan, the badge claim information will be sent back to you.
Please note: Badge plans that I receive will be posted for sharing in the Google Presentation. Emailing them to me implies your consent.

D. Community Badge -- illustrates use of levels -- self-assessed

  • This badge will not be externally validated.
  • Criteria are in the document in Part B (above) and on the badge claim page.
  • Set your badge goal. When you feel you've met the criteria, go to the badge claim page and download the badge.
  • Link to badge claim page

E. Online Resources

To view the resources --

  • To advance the slider --> 'mouse over'/tap the far right or left of the widget for the arrows.
  • To see one resource or the full collection --> click the picture to see that specific resource; click the widget heading to see the full collection.
  • If not displaying properly -->

To search the collection --These resources are NOT organized by importance/value but appear in the order in which I found them.
  • All entries have been tagged.
  • To see the 'subjects', click the "Find" tab (upper left).
  • For this workshop, the 'higher ed' and 'workshop resources' tags will be of special interest.

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F. Slides and Notes

After the workshop has concluded, the complete slide deck (including detailed speaker notes) will be posted here and available for download.
This may not happen until Monday, Sept. 15 but they will be here -- I promise.
I have to replace edited videos with links, make sure all sources receive credit, and round out my thoughts in the notes.

G. Complete Planning Packs with Templates