The Foundation is excited to be at the forefront of expanding education and workforce opportunities through digital badges. Online badges provide the information employers need to make a smart hire, and are a visual way to showcase industry sector skills, career readiness, and success in internships, as a supplement to traditional data points like academic grades.
Collecting and displaying badges
Badges are issued by organizations or communities like LaunchPath using an open standard, which means that users can collect badges from multiple sources and display them across the web on job applications and social networking websites like LinkedIn. These badges can lead to job opportunities, support lifelong learning, and unlock new possibilities. This is especially helpful for students who acquire knowledge, competencies, and skills through activities outside of a typical classroom setting.
Digital badges are used in a variety of settings, including K-12, higher education, and the workforce. They offer audiences a visual way to recognize knowledge and abilities. For instance, college admissions officers and employers can utilize digital badges to evaluate whether potential students have critical knowledge and skills.