"A microcredential acknowledges the professional in every educator," says Cate Tolnai, an academic technology specialist who oversees a PD badging program operated by the Santa Clara County Office of Education in California, which covers districts across Silicon Valley.
While badging may not yet rank as highly as blended learning or makerspaces among today's powerful edtech trends, they are gaining momentum as a tool that students and educators can use to paint a fuller picture of their knowledge and skills.
"Students have never connected the dots--they don't realize they've developed these skills," says Bishop, who is helping five system institutions launch badging programs.
The university runs faculty training sessions on badging and has established a review process for when faculty submit ideas for microcredentials.
The University of Arizona is conducting an RFP for a Digital Badging
and Micro-Credentialing system to ensure we have the best teaching and learning tools available for our campus community.
Currently, these issuers need to possess some technical expertise, but as badging becomes more prevalent, this should shill.
Although these examples are specific to one member organization of the CTE community, it is anticipated that other organizations will follow with their own badging systems in the very near future.
These developments signal the fast approach of a tipping point for digital badging
in K-12 education.
After allowing myself to delve into the topic of badging
and maybe even try it myself, I looked around for information about how this practice is being used in education.
At Marsh & McLennan, badging
is a quick process.
, the most basic use of an ID system, is still one of the most popular.
If you choose not to do badging
in-house but rather to hire a company to do your badging
, many companies offer a service bureau.