EduBadges offer new opportunities to recognize and value the development of students and staff. For the time being, EUR will only use EduBadges for extra-curricular, informal educational activities, such as a board year, a job as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or participation in a MicroLab. That is the key message of an advice which is being prepared and which is part of the reconnaissance project for the launch of this new service.
Within EUR, (predecessors of) EduBadges are already being used on a modest scale. However, there is yet no clear, supported EUR-vision on its application. The Community for Learning & Innovation (CLI) is therefore engaged in an exploration, which consists of various components: providing insight into information about the development and application of EduBadges in a national and European context, describing and presenting the possibilities of EduBadges per target group and making an inventory of the wishes (and concerns) of the various stakeholder groups within EUR.
The steering committee that supervises the project has expressed its opinion on 28 October in favor of initially using EduBadges for activities that take place within the walls or under the supervision of EUR, but which do not belong to a course (curriculum) and without prior explicit learning path has been established.
EduBadges fit in with the trend of flexibility and micro-credentials, but are not the same as micro-credentials. An EduBadge can be awarded separately from education and is about giving recognition that was not there before. This is different from ECTS, which are recognition in themselves. Given the strong visual presence of EduBadges on social media (eg LinkedIn) it is expected that both the recipients and the issuers of these badges will receive a lot of attention in the future. By aligning the development of EduBadges with the guidelines from SURF, which has developed an infrastructure for creating, storing and sharing EduBadges, the interchangeability of EduBadges between institutions can be promoted.
The next steps are formulated based on the choice of the steering group. Preconditions for successful implementation are described and a project plan is drawn up with a business case and roadmap for setting up this new service. The impact on students and employees and how EUR can safeguard the quality of EduBadges is explicitly examined. The project plan and advice will be presented to the Vice-Deans of Education in Q1 of 2022.