EduBadges can be used to encourage students in (non-) regular educational programs. Badges can be managed online in a so-called "Backpack", and can be published on social media like LinkedIn, which makes the the usage of Edubadges interesting. You can publish (a subset) of your badges, which could be used during job applications, which enables the employer to see your obtained skills & knowledge. The "backpack" where the badge resides contains much more information about the obtained skills compare to a paper certificate, and the authencity is verifiable.
You can read more about the SURF / Acceleration Plan Pilot regarding microcredentials here.
LIFE LONG LEARNING
The edubadges/microcredentials are linked to a new institution-wide identity, eduID, which will remain available after graduation and will last a lifetime. It is issued in an electronic format within a secure, trusted platform. They are stored and managed securely within SURF's systems. The national platform makes it possible to compare, exchange and combine edubadges/microcredentials.
PRIVACY COMES FIRST
The edubadges/microcredentials issuing process is GDPR-compliant. Learners request the edubadges/microcredentials themselves and give their consent via the platform for their personal data to be used for the purpose of issuing the edubadges/microcredentials. This means that learners are always in control, and can share the information about their knowledge and skills with external parties as they see fit.
EASILY CHECK AUTHENTICITY
The learner and the viewer of an edubadge/microcredential want to be sure that this is authentic and can verify the issuer. Every edubadge/microcredential issued can have its authenticity verified at the touch of a button.
You can find more information on how Edubadges work here.
Do you have questions about Edubadges/Micro-credentials, eduID or information on this site? Please contact Karen Slotman.