Expanding Education, Youth Development, and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 -
2:45pm to 5:00pm EDT
Philanthropy New York, 4th Floor, 79 Fifth Avenue, NYC
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At first glance, the word “badge” may conjure up images of a Girl Scout’s sash, featuring material badges that demonstrate her achievements. While the concept is similar, today’s badges are digital credentials that represent skills, interests, and achievements earned by an individual through specific projects, programs, courses, or other activities. There is a learning ecosystem behind the badges that make them powerful and connected qualifications made up of badge “issuers,” badge “earners,” and badge “consumers.”

Join our panel to learn about the implications of digital badges for education, youth development, and workforce training. More than fifteen major national organizations have made commitments to use badges since the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla, and the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) set a goal of using badges to expand opportunities for at least one million workers and one million students by 2016 as part of the Two Million Better Futures challenge announced last year by the Clinton Global Initiative.

  • The basics of digital badges and their potential
  • How foundations cans stay abreast of and respond to changes in the digital media learning landscape
  • How organizations such as the Educational Testing Service, Blackboard, and Cities of Learning use badges to recognize achievement in the work place, schools, and community-based organizations
  • How cities and school districts are using badges to demonstrate learning and expand assessment
  • Programs in non-profit organizations that use badges to verify and document skills achieved by their participants


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