Unit 3: Digital badge design for open non-formal learning


Key aspects: badging tools, badge design, badge criteria, badge creation, badge issuing, badge display 


After completing this unit you should be able to create your digital badge to credential the learning outcome(s) of your course

Learning outcomes

After completing this Unit you should be able to:

  • recognize different institutional circumstances when there is a need to implement  a digital badge system and the different types of digital badges
  • create your badge strategy
  • define the necessary attributes of your digital badge
  • complete a digital badge template
  • set an image for the badge
  • issue a badge


Now, having all this information from Unit1 and Unit2 in mind, you have to make a digital badge strategy and learn how to create a digital badge.

In Unit3 we first discuss all questions you have to consider before you actually start using an infrastructure for fulfilling metadata and issuing a digital badge. It will help you develop your digital badge, or more related digital badges, according to your needs.

Digital badges design approaches

When planning implementation of the badge system institutions have different starting points regarding the level of learning content development and availability of technological platforms.

Five badge system designing approaches can be identified (Grant, 2013):

  • New build. The badge system, learning content, and technological platforms are designed simultaneously.
  • Integrated build. The badge system and learning content are co-created and integrated into a pre-existing technological platform.
  • Layered build. The badge system is layered on top of pre-existing learning content and pre-existing technological platform.
  • Responsive build. The badge system responds to pre-existing learning content, and the technological platform does not yet exist, is optional, or is distributed.
  • Badge-first build. The badges are designed first and the learning content and technological platform are designed around the badges. For institutions, the wide variety of scenarios presents both opportunities and challenges in adapting to the online learning environment. Institutions need to consider which specific scenario would work for them, which align with their institutional context, and the extent of change required to incorporate a particular scenario.