Edubadges and microcredentialing

Institutions are looking into the possibilities of using digital certification for (partial) results obtained by their students. In 2019, SURF will work with various institutions to continue to build a digital infrastructure with the purpose to be able to issue such digital certificates, or 'edubadges'.

Edubadges: tool for flexible education

An increasing number of students have − whether previously or elsewhere − acquired skills and knowledge relevant to their study, and they wish to receive recognition or exemption for this in their study programme. A number of institutions are looking into the possibility of providing courses in accredited units that are smaller than a diploma (micro-credentials). Digital badges are the tools to achieve this. As these badges are issued in an educational context, they are called 'edubadges'.

Pilot with creating and issuing badges

Since 2017, SURF has been investigating with the institutions what technology and standards are needed to be able to grant badges. First in a proof-of-concept (PoC), and now in a pilot. To this end, SURF has set up an infrastructure that makes use of the open badge standard. In this infrastructure, institutions can experiment with creating and issuing edubadges. The pilot will run until the summer of 2019. Educational institutions can always join this pilot project. Read the possibilities and conditions on the edubadgeswiki.

Development of the edubadges infrastructure

During the pilot, SURF will continue to develop the edubadges infrastructure on the basis of feedback from the institutions participating in the pilot. The edubadge application code is open source and is available on GitHub.

Start and end date
20 Feb 2018 - 31 Jul 2019
Latest modifications 11 Jan 2019