Open badges or digital badges are verifiable, digital awards, issued to individuals for learning or displaying skills or knowledge, or successfully undertaking a specific task or activity. But what has this got to do with the Erasmus+ project LEAP?
Learn, Engage, Apply and Perform
The focus of the LEAP Erasmus+ project is to improve learner motivation, learning and performance and central to this is the use of digital badges. A badge is an image with a range of ‘built-in’ information or metadata. This metadata is added to a badge by the issuing system, and includes details such a description of the badge, the learning institute (e.g. Exponential Training) and the recipient of the badge (i.e. the learner), the criteria for earning the badge and what the badge represents.
Badges will be awarded to learners when they meet the requirements of their learning programme. They will be able to store and display their badges. When learners share and display their badges, the metadata can be viewed and verified by others simply by clicking on the badge.
Why Use Badges?
Learners are motivated in diverse ways and appreciate having their hard work and achievements recognised. Digital badges are a simple, yet effective and visually appealing way to recognise achievements – they are also great for enabling learners to share and compare the development of their skills and knowledge with their peers.
We all know that learning is more effective when individuals are motivated to learn, share, interact, and collaborate. Badges can be issued to learners for actively participating in a course and displaying certain soft skills, or passing assignments, assessments and tests. Digital badges can also be used to promote learner’s knowledge, skills, and qualifications and are especially useful in supporting applications for promotion and new jobs.
The LEAP e-portfolio will integrate the use of digital badges into its learning programmes which will include course and qualifications in management and leadership, coaching and mentoring, professional consulting, languages, hospitality, ICT and health and safety.
The LEAP partners are currently working on the development of the LEAP e-portfolio. In the next few months the partners will be looking for learners who would like to be involved in testing the e-portfolio. If you would like to be one of the first to benefit from LEAP, contact your LEAP national partner today.
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