Digital Badges in Higher Ed: An Emergent and Transformative Technology for Engaged Learning

Tuesday, February 10 | 11:45AM–12:30PM | Pacific B, Second Floor
Session Type: Professional Development
Presenters from three institutions (including one studying and working with multiple institutions) will describe how digital badges are transforming engaged learning in contexts such as teacher education, undergraduate engineering, and educational assessment. These examples will help demonstrate how digital badges can provide evidence of prior knowledge, spur growth in a particular domain, and afford opportunities for previously nebulous or intangible competencies to gain greater clarity. Following a description of each institution's investigations, participants will engage in an open discussion about how digital badges can be a disruptive and positive change agent across higher education.

OUTCOMES: Define digital badges and understand their transformative potential * Identify steps to develop, evaluate, and recognize engaged learning through badges * Discuss how badges can be used in a variety of educational contexts


  • Chris Gamrat

    Assistant Teaching Professor, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Daniel Hickey

    Professor of Learning Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Steven Lonn

    HR Data Storyteller, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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