What is a digital badge?
A digital badge (also known as open badge or ebadge) is a validated measure of skill, quality or accomplishment that can be earned and shown on various digital platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or a website. A digital badge contains data detailing what it has been awarded for such as the badge name, issue date, badge criteria, badge URL issuer and recipient. It can sometimes contain additional information including tags and the badge expiration date.
How do digital badges work?
Badges are simple to use and share.
- Complete the requirements to earn and claim a badge
- Your badge notification is then sent to the email address you provided.
- You can either download the badge directly or create a badge back pack. A badge backpack enable you to store and move your earned badges between platforms. This ensures that you retain control over your own data and can organise and share collections of earned badges with the relevant audiences.
- Your badges are now ready to be shared on your preferred platform like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or your personal website.
What is the value of a digital badge?
A digital badge:
- Demonstrates that your knowledge is up to date and relevant.
- Shows the world the knowledge and skills you have learnt and demonstrated to achieve your certificate.
- Shows that your certificate is from a respected and credible source.
- Allows you publicise your accomplishments on your website and networking sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, or as part of your email signature.
How do I claim a digital badge?
Once you have completed at least four learning activities from the advanced toolkit for the digital learning, development and teaching capability you are ready for a well-earned digital badge.
You can claim this by writing a short blog post to evidence and reflect on your learning and how it will help you in your studies, research, work or life more broadly.
Claim your badge in three easy steps:
- Set up a blog using the University of Edinburgh’s Academic Blogging service – or feel free to use another platform if you are already a blogger.
- Write and post a reflective blog on the topics you chose to learn about (minimum 500 words).
- Finally, complete and submit the badge claim form.
What should my blog post contain?
Your blog should be a reflective blog defined by you, evidencing your learning, and could include:
- A review of the resources you selected and the topics they covered
- Why you selected the particular resource (work, studies, life, personal interest)
- What you enjoyed the most about the courses/resources you selected
- What you learned
- How you will use your new skills
You must tag your blog when you have finished so we can find it easily and assess it (e.g. if you completed the digital proficiency and productivity advanced tool kit then you would need to tag it with the appropriate tag as listed below #digitalproficiencyandproductivity #digitalidentityandwellbeing #digitalcommunicationcollaborationandparticipation #digitalcreationproblemsolvingandinnovation #informationdataandmedialiteracy #digitallearningdevelopmentandteaching).
I need help starting and writing a blog?
For help starting or writing a blog select any of the following resources accessible through the Resource Finder.
What happens after I submit my blog?
- A member of the Digital Skills and Training team will review your blog post.
- You will receive an email letting you know that your digital badge is ready, with a link to claim your digital badge.
- Click the link and claim your badge.
- You can optionally register for a backpack such as Badgr. We recommend that you use your personal email when registering for a backpack.
- Use and share your badge to evidence your achievement.