The digital badging team worked with the businesses to ensure the characteristics reflected in the Summit Badges aligned with the skills needed in the workforce, says Fuller, the badging manager.
"These business are confirming our badging system--or making adjustments," she says.
"We work to give value to learning beyond the school space," says Hillary Salmons, executive director of Alliance, which partners with Providence Public Schools and the Rhode Island Department of Education on the badging program.
Districts have several options when introducing a badging program.
San Diego USD leaders started planning their badging strategy by identifying the skills and competencies they wanted to reward, and then added the programs and activities for students.
"I'm very skeptical of the use of badging for motivation," he says.
According to Goldberg, "We've seen much more evidence of innovative experimentation and development in the extended K-12 space, starting largely outside formal institutions, edging their way in good part through the [MacArthur] competition initiative into the formal schooling space." And therein lies what is likely to be the most significant impact of badging technology on K-12 in the long run: its ability to allow certification to come from somewhere other than a school.
That's why so many badging advocates are excited about the launch of Mozilla's OBI.
The Mozilla spec is open source and free, and it's the ground in which the badging ecosystem is already growing.
One LM_Netter reported that she was considering giving badging a try, but wanted to explore the topic and then plan carefully before proceeding.
The survey also explored possible drawbacks to badging:
Finally, I asked for additional comments about our class badging experience and again received favorable responses and also requests that I keep up with the badges through the semester and in the future.
Just as with these, using badging and nothing else to get desired results is relying too much on a simplistic carrot/stick approach to teaching.
The need for convenient, cost-effective rebadging played an important part in Bell Helicopter's adoption of an electronic ID badging system.
Bell also performs remote badging using portraits captured in the field with a VHS camera/recorder and transferred to the home office.