Digital Credentials and Open Badges explained

Where previously you would provide an employer with your CV when applying for a job, time would be taken to validate qualifications and work-based skills - digital credentials on the other hand help to instantly validate desirable skills by simply viewing the Digital (or open) Badges you’ve been awarded. A digital credential is an accredited skill awarded to anyone who has passed an assessment for a course designed with microlearning in mind.

Digital credentials, certifications or learning outcomes are the digital versions of the traditional paper-based certificates, but viewable via a URL (weblink), allowing you to showcase your skills anywhere online, however you choose. To showcase your digital credentials you will need a free Credly account by – this will give you access to the platform where all your digital credentials will be sent and stored. An Digital Badge is the visual element of that credential or certification.

Digital Badges are not just images, but rather the visual representation of the skill awarded – they also contain metadata which identifies and validates the accredited skill. Digital badges are designed to be dynamic and transferable, you can take them anywhere online, showcase them on your LinkedIn profile, personal website, online CV or however you choose

Digital Credentials and Open Badges are awarded and accredited by industry professionals, organisations and higher educational institutions – they’re designed to help you tailor and personalise your education to a work-ready environment Digital Credentials are not a replacement for academic diplomas or degrees but rather a granulated, focused award for a real skill that supports your career.

Digital Credentials and Open Badges are not a fad, Mozilla, City & Guilds Group are just two of the many industries driving the open badge standard. Open badges are also backed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) who reorganise micro (digital) credentials as part of New Zealand’s regulated education system.

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