Grant, S. (2014). Badges: Show what you know. Young Adult Library Services, 2014(winter).
All About Badges
In her article Badges: Show what you know, Sheryl Grant explains the concept behind these digital credentials and their potential.
“In 2011, Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Department of Education introduced digital badges to a national audience for the first time.” This launched the Badges for Lifelong Learning initiative. According to Secretary Duncan, “Today’s technology-enabled, information rich, deeply interconnected world means learning not only can–but should–happen anywhere, anytime.”
Badges enable us to recognized anytime learning. They also function to encourage participation.
“In 2006, internet researchers estimated that only 1 percent of people on the internet contribute content, 9 percent edit, and the rest consume what others produce.” (Nielson, 2006)
Nielsen, J. (2006, Octiber 9). Participation inequality: Encouraging more users to contribute. Retrieved from http://www.useit.com.