Digital Badges as “Transformative Assessment”

In this recent blog post by Dan Hickey, "Digital Badges as 'Transformative Assessment,'" recent public work by Global Kids on digital badging systems was cited as one of the success factors for the ongoing Digital Media & Learning Badges Initiative. The full lists is as follows:

 
The deep pool of submissions, a rigorous review process, and the infusion of additional resources from the Gates Foundation make it likely that most of the funded initiatives will succeed at their stated goals.  Other success factors include the following:
 
- Networked learning communities at HASTAC and Mozilla that have been set up to support badging communities;
 
- The open source ethos of sharing and collaborating that permeates the initiative, and particularly placing the Mozilla foundation at the center of the efforts to define the Open Badges Interface (OBI) protocols;
 
- The inclusion of entrepreneurs, with awards to start-ups both for issuing badges and platforms for issuing them;
 
- New educational frameworks to inform and justify awardees' efforts, including Henry Jenkins’ ideas about participatory learning, and Mimi Ito’s ideas about connected learning.
 
- New collaborative topologies for badges including roles for badges led by Philipp Schmidt and Erin Knight at P2PU, badging systems led by Barry Joseph from Global Kids, and the lexicon for badges led by Carla Casilli at Mozilla[1].
 
In sum, these factors should allow most of the awardees to succeed in using digital badges to assess learning.  More broadly speaking, their shared success should leave behind a community that is bound together by an emerging set of principles and examples for issuing and awarding badges.