Unit 2: Elements of the digital badge ecosystem – actors and roles


Key aspects: digital badge ecosystem, value of a badging system for each stakeholder group, stakeholder analysis.


After completing this Unit you should be able to describe the structure and operation of the digital badge ecosystem and the role of each actor, as well as to prepare the stakeholder analysis.

Learning outcomes

After this unit you will be able to:

  • describe how a badge system works
  • describe the structure of the Open Badge ecosystem
  • identify the main stakeholders of a badge ecosystem
  • describe the roles of each actor of the ecosystem
  • recognize the value that the badge system represents for each group of stakeholders
  • prepare the stakeholder analysis of the digital badge ecosystem.


The digital badge ecosystem sometimes called ecosphere or badgeosphere, consists of the actors and their connections.