You are here:

An Exploration of the Utility of Digital Badging in Higher Education Settings


Educational Technology Research and Development Volume 66, Number 5, ISSN 1042-1629


The use of digital badges is a trend in today's education and professional settings. We conducted an exploration to see how badges are being used in higher education. Digital badges and more specifically, open badges, are used in a multitude of learning contexts and serve many purposes. This study conducted interviews with individuals leading digital badge initiatives in higher education institutions. Our findings suggest that badges awarded for participation are valued less meaningful than skill-based badges. For skill-based badges, evidence of mastery must be associated with the badge along with the evaluation criteria. Badge purpose, transferability, and learning objectives were noted as the top priorities when implementing badge offerings in higher education contexts.


Carey, K.L. & Stefaniak, J.E. (2018). An Exploration of the Utility of Digital Badging in Higher Education Settings. Educational Technology Research and Development, 66(5), 1211-1229. Retrieved November 14, 2019 from .

This record was imported from ERIC on January 9, 2019. [Original Record]

ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Copyright for this record is held by the content creator. For more details see ERIC's copyright policy.