Edubadges and microcredentialing

Institutions are looking into the possibilities of using digital certification for (partial) results obtained by their students. In 2018, 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.

Badges and blockchain

We are commissioning a study into possibilities and the advantages or disadvantages using blockchain technologies in combination with an edubadge infrastructure. Using the results of the study as our basis, we will then decide on whether to incorporate a blockchain into the pilot as a use case.

Start and end date
20 Feb 2018 - 31 Jul 2019
Latest modifications 30 Nov 2018