Using Digital Badges to Demonstrate Teaching Competencies in an ePortfolio
Abstract: Digital badges are quickly becoming an efficient and effective display of skills and accomplishments for educators and professional organizations. A digital badge represents a visual representation of an accomplishment. Digital badges, by design, provide more details into the skill and/or knowledge that has been achieved and as a consequence may hold more value for educators and employers. Digital badges contain metadata to explain the meaning and result of the participant’s activity, including the requirements that were met in order to merit the badge (Gibson, Ostashewski, Flintoff, Grant, and Knight, 2015). This paper makes an argument for integrating digital badges in teacher education. Specifically, the paper provides an overview of digital badges, how badges are created; and presents a rationale for encouraging pre-service teachers to use digital badges to help document their professional learning in an ePortfolio.
Presider: Douglass Scott, Waseda University