A digital badge is an online representation of accomplishment such as the completion of a project or training, mastery of a skill, or accumulation of experience. They are issued by schools, universities, community and professional organizations.
The badge has embedded verification data. If the badge was developed under the Mozilla Open Badge framework, the earner can openly display that digital badge across social media sites, as part of online portfolios, on LinkedIn profiles, blogs, and résumés.
This allows the badge to act as a bridge from education and life experiences into the world of work where employers can view the badge as a verification, or e-credential, indicating desired qualities and skills. Even if an employer is unfamiliar with digital badges, the earner has a fantastic opportunity in application and interview settings to describe what the badge is, how the skill was developed and verified, and what value it brings to the workplace.
Check out this blog post for an overview of how the New World of Work digital badge project was developed.
Download the Competencies-Attributes-Traits chart below to see the learning outcomes embedded in our 21st Century Skill digital badge assessments.
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What is a Badge?
Preview this short video by the MacArthur Foundation to get an overview of all the ways organizations can use digital badges.
How do we recognize and value the way we learn today? Badges are a new idea to recognize the learning that happens anywhere and share it in the places that matter.
New World of Work partnered with Connected Lane County and the Badgr platform to create a set of Learner Badges for our “Top 10” list of 21st Century Skills.
These badge assessments are based on our high school video series content , and can be used in high school programs, adult education, or for the general public. They are considered the first step on the 21st Century Skills Badge Pathway because they indicate a basic understanding of the essential 21st Century Skills, as well as provide an introduction to earning badges.
New World of Work and the Foundation for California Community Colleges partnered to develop a robust assessment methodology for postsecondary academic level 21st Century Skills Badges.
The project started with a Digital Badge Advisory Group in 2015, made up of employers, state government representatives, gig economy experts, and community organizations focused on supporting education. The group provided input on real-world scenarios that could be utilized to assess a student’s understanding of each of the “Top 10” 21st Century Skills.READ MORE ABOUT THE GROUP HERE
The New World of Work and FoundationCCC team collaborated with W3Workshop and the Mozilla Foundation to develop assessments for each of the skills. These assessments are based on the New World of Work college lesson curriculum and videos, and follow the “web literacy best practices” guidelines established by the Mozilla Foundation.WEB LITERACY CONTENT
The Academic Badges are considered the second step in the 21st Century Skills Badge Pathway, after the Learner Badges, because they indicate a deeper understanding of the skills.
They are designed for college learners, adult education, workforce development clients, or high school students who are earning early college credit through dual/concurrent enrollment 21st Century Skills coursework.
An instructor must go through one of the New World of Work 21st Century Skills Trainings in order to gain FREE access to the Foundation’s CareerXP/LaunchPath platform to issue these badge assessments to their learners.
Employer Verified Badges
The final step in the 21st Century Skills Digital Badge Pathway is for students to take their academic badges and “level up” to employer verified badges. If a student is going through the New World of Work curriculum with a trained instructor, and is involved in work based learning/employment, the student can send an email to an employer host asking for verification that the 21st Century Skills they are learning through classes or workshops are also skills they have been displaying at work.
We encourage educators who are using the NWoW curriculum and badge assessments to collaborate with your employer partners to assist students in earning these employer vetted badges. It is proof of skills in action, and helps learners showcase their eligibility as employees!