Digital “badges” proposed as alternative way to assess skills
[James] Gee is pushing for the use of badges at Arizona State where he teaches. “We’re playing with the idea of implementing both a transcript as well as a badge system that could help you specify a major,” said Gee. “There’s no reason you can’t have different ways of learning.”
Even proponents of the badging system say it is too early to predict the extent to which it will supplement traditional credentialing systems, or even replace them. “We’re experimenting with whether this is an effective mechanism,” UC Irvine’s Goldberg said.
At the same time, he said, “learning takes place all around us all the time, and it’s largely overlooked. Digital badging becomes a way in which to surface, recognize, and reward that learning.”