Unit 4: Use of open badges and its integration into a non-formal course curriculum


Key aspects: granularity, building block structure, stackability, learning pathways, examples of digital badge integration in the non-formal education


After completing this unit you will be familiar with the granularity and stackability, important features of digital badges, as well as be aware of the possibility of tracking learning pathways with digital badges. At the end of this unit three illustrative examples of digital badges implementation in non-formal learning will be presented.

Learning outcomes

After studying this unit, you should be able to:

  • determine the appropriate granularity of your course material and its influence on digital badge design
  • develop meaningful digital badge structure guided by learning outcomes
  • identify a digital badge structure that takes into account stackability and different learning pathways
  • recognize some successful implementations of digital badges in non-formal learning.


The implementation of a digital badge system is a challenging work that has various aspects, from technological to organizational. But implementation of a digital badge system can lead to questioning instructional design. What is the minimum learning unit that can be badged? What are the prerequisites?  What are the opportunities and challenges of granularity and stackability of digital badges? Can a digital badge system implement different learning pathways? These are some of the questions that will be discussed in this unit. Beside that, three examples of digital badges implementation will be described.