Open Digital Badging Course

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The Open Digital Badge Course is designed to provide a step-by-step training to build organizational consensus, plan for badges in new and existing curricula, design effective meta-data, and scale to effective organizational use.  If you are ready to implement open digital badges, this is the essential program.

To leverage the amazing benefits of 21st century credentialing technology, organizations must have someone prepared to implement these powerful tools in the right way which is what this program of study is designed to do. This program is the best single pathway to fill the badging knowledge void in an adult learning organization.  Filling the badging knowledge void will provide organizations with new opportunities to promote their learning events, increase engagement and learner retention while also providing learners with a valuable portable credential they can be proud of. After this program of study, learners will have the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools needed to design and execute a successful open digital badging initiative.

Course Description

This two and a half-day, instructor-led course will provide you with the basics of open digital badging and give you the opportunity to present your finished prototype badge and a detailed implementation plan. The first day is designed to you a foundation built on theory and solid design principles. You will delve deeper into the open digital badging ecosystem through an interactive session that helps you design and develop an operational badging program within your organization. Four weeks later, you will have the opportunity to showcase your open digital badge and detailed plans for a badging program. In this final half-day session, you will have 15 minutes to present your finished badge and plans for further program development and to see other participants' progress. At the end of this session, you will be assessed on proficiency based on instructor evaluation of the open digital badge and proposed program. By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define a badging platform and recognize its purpose
  • Explain the need for unique evidence to support the purpose of the badge
  • Recognize how curricular design allows portability and shareability across multiple media
  • Outline how stackability contributes to a digital portfolio of accomplishments and learning recognition
  • Identify how to work with metadata to streamline some processes while producing evidence-rich credentials
  • Develop a prototype badge
  • Design and implement an open digital badge using a badging platform

To successfully complete this course, you must attend all three sessions, actively participate, and present your open digital badge/system for verification of proficiency. 


This series is designed for those who need knowledge and skills involving open digital badges and is applicable for training coordinators, managers, chief learning officers or others who desire practical knowledge and skills regarding open digital badging.

Each live event is limited to ensure high levels of collaboration and interactivity.

Earn Stackable Digital Badges

Earn these stackable credentials to document your knowledge and skill involving open digital badges by completing each course and post-course exercise. 

  • Earn the Bronze Badge by actively participating in the first day of the live workshop.
  • Earn the Silver Badge by actively participating in the secondday of the live workshop.
  • Earn the Gold Badge by successfully presenting a badge prototype on the presentation day.

Meet the Instructor

Dr. James E. Willis, III was introduced to open digital badges at Purdue University when he worked as an Educational Assessment Specialist in Information Technology. He later worked on a MacArthur Foundation grant as a Research Associate and Project Coordinator for Open Digital Badges in Higher Education in the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University. Since 2016, James has worked as an educational consultant with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) where he wrote the Badging Guidelines, supplementary materials, and educational materials for the Open Digital Badge Series.


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