Case – Newcastle University
Getting the most out of Open Badges at Newcastle University
Open Badges have been used at Newcastle University since 2015 when they were first awarded to students completing the ncl+ award. This well-established award recognises the skills students develop when taking part in a range of extracurricular activities during their time at University.
Since then the number of Open Badges awarded across the University has been steadily increasing with a variety of subject areas introducing badges. These new badges recognise a range of skills and achievements, from Safety in the Laboratory to completing Enterprise Challenges.
Claire Burnham, Learning Enhancement and Technology Co-ordinator, will cover the range of badges that have been introduced, how they worked to get the design right, the exploration of the best methods of evaluation (still a work in progress) and the resulting governance processes aimed to ensure controlled, scalable growth of digital credentialing. She will finish by looking to the future to see where Open Badges might end up at Newcastle University.