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eNetBadges

A digital micro-credentialing tool to recognise and reward learning experiences and achievement

Add Value to Training Products and Services

eNetBadges™ is an affordable and effective way to add value to training products and services. Your organisation can issue badges that align with the needs of your clients, while also better serving those who earn them.

Add Value to Learning and Achievement

Knowledge, achievements and skills earned outside traditional formal education often go unrecognised. With eNetBadges™ you can reward activities, skills and complex credential and degree programs with rigorous requirements and assessments.

Badge Features and Benefits

Badges allow employers to take a deeper dive into their candidate pools where they can assess skill mixes, gaps, and recruit the applicants that best suit their needs

Badges provide an opportunity for employers to see that a candidate meets standards or regulations where badges are aligned with them

Badges provide verification to a company or customer that its professional development funds were well-spent

Badges are used to incentivise learners to engage in positive learning behaviours including taking control of their learning and the pursuit of more badges

Badge reinforce the view that employee engagement levels are much higher where rewards and recognition are applied

Badges support skills-based hiring approaches by focusing on discrete skills and competencies

Badges provided a vehicle to display accomplishments and encourages the aspiration to achieve more

Badges provide cost benefits by nature of being digital

eCom Scotland’s eNetBadges™ platform is fully Open Badge compliant

Badges are flexible and can be integrated into e-learning programs and they can be issued manually

Badges help propagate the issuer brand via more impressions because they can be shared and showcased in many ways

Badges empower individuals to take their learning with them, wherever they go, building a rich picture of their lifelong learning journey.

Badges enhance career prospects by providing means to directly showcase skills applicable for positions prospective employees apply for.

Digital badges allow learners to differentiate themselves to employers

Badges are verifiable, portable and optimized for sharing on social media channels and professional networks.

Badges are liberated from institutional ownership, open for earners to own them and use as they see fit.

Badges evidence specific skills learned beyond what CVs and transcripts provide. They enable new style work portfolios.

The metadata contained within the digital badge verifies the learner’s mastery. It includes information about the issuer and recipient, the criteria used to earn the badge, a URL to view evidence, expiry information, and information about badge alignment with standards. All of this information helps a reviewer understand the criteria met to earn the badge, the scope of the achievement, and the nature of the organization issuing it. A few types of badges are commonly seen:

Tier 1: Activity or Participation Badges
Activity badges are records of experiences. They are awarded for participation and engagement activities such as event attendance, event activity, or other forms of participation. These are awards recognising the completion of experiences. Examples include certificates of participation or activity badges.

Tier 2: Skills Badges
Skills badges provide recognition of skills. They can be issued upon the successful completion of any activity that has a rigorous validation. Skills badges may lead to or accrue towards certification, representing mastery at different levels within a job role (e.g., entry-level, practitioner, expert). Skills badges are awards recognising a person has achieved specific defined skills, after an assessment. Examples include language proficiency exams and recognition of non-formal learning.

Tier 3: Formal Qualification Badges
Formal qualification badges are awarded upon the successful completion of formal, deep, hands-on learning after an assessment. Examples include degrees and professional certifications.

Badges Use Cases

Badge use cases usually fall into one or more categories:

Motivation

Badges are used to foster discovery, promote engagement, drive the acquisition of knowledge and incentivise learning. (Gibson et al. 2015; Knight & Mozilla Foundation, 2012; Muilenburg & Berge 2016; Randall et al. 2013; Tran, Schenke & Hickey, 2014).

Recognition and Credentialing

Badges are used to validate, measure and accredit knowledge and skills gained across all contexts of learning, to build and formalise an identity and reputation, and to symbolise an association with a community or group. Badges help to validate, measure and accredit knowledge and skills gained across all contexts of learning, to build and formalise an identity and reputation, to symbolise an association with a community or group (Davis & Singh 2015; Gibson et al. 2015; Law et al. 2015; Pedro et al. 2015).

Evidence of Achievement

Badges are used to create a granular representation of capabilities and a map representing an individual’s progress by linking a digital badge with metadata containing evidence of skills, accomplishment or knowledge. Badges contain metadata with evidence of skills, accomplishment or knowledge, and create a granular representation of capabilities to map an individual’s progress (Hole 2014; Ifenthaler et al. 2016; Pedro et al. 2015).

Research

Badges are used to form a pathway model for achievement and to make learning more transparent and accessible (Davis & Singh 2015; Sullivan 2013; The Mozilla Foundation, 2012).

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