What are Digital Badges?
Digital Badges allow youth to:
- Get recognition for skills they learn in a wide variety of settings, including afterschool and summer learning programs.
- Collect badges from multiple sources and display their skills & achievements in profiles, job sites, websites, etc.
- Prove that they have skills that employers, community organizations, schools, and higher education are looking for.
For youth to thrive in the today’s rapidly evolving economy they must have opportunities to demonstrate a wide array of skills and abilities. While the rise of competency-based learning is certainly promising, measuring these skills and showing how students meet specific competencies has remained a challenge. Oregon is one of five states to officially adopt policies that allow for public schools to employ competency-based models and OregonASK is excited to be a part of the digital badges movement as we work with partners from around the state, networks across the country and some of the worlds foremost badge experts to develop and implement open badges in Oregon. Check out this video to learn more about what Digital Badges are, how they can be used and why they are the future of afterschool.
Digital Badge Pilots
We are thrilled to share this recently released report on Digital Badges in Afterschool: Connecting Learning in a Connected World. Included in the report is the Oregon case study highlighting the digital badge pilots we facilitated in partnership with Concentric Sky and the Oregon Center for Digital Learning. Thanks to funding from Mozilla, we will be continuing our badge work, specifically creating digital literacy pathways that intentionally connect school day and afterschool opportunities.