Learning and skill acquisition for youth today happens not only in the classroom, but also on-line, through volunteerism and workplace experiences, and even via peer-to-peer interactions.
Digital badging seeks to fully capture each youth’s skills development by creating visual proof of each valuable out-of-classroom learning experience. Each digital badge is a visual way to show possession of industry sector skills, career readiness, and success in internships, all attributes that grades alone often insufficiently communicate. The end result is employers making better hires and youth having greater opportunities to successfully enter the workplace.
Digital badges are like Girl Scout or Boy Scout merit badges. To earn them, a youth must show he or she has successfully completed a program of skill development. However, digital badges are superior to an old-school badging system because they are displayable on-line and can be posted to social media platforms, career-oriented networking services, such as LinkedIn, or added to resumes and college applications. In addition, each click on a digital badge can reveal greater insight into the learning experience, including the tasks the youth had to perform and proof of successful completion in the form of videos of projects undertaken, written work product, and testimonials from supervisors, to name a few.
In West Sacramento, digital badges serve as motivators and skill building ladders, with each acquired badge offering an opportunity to move to more valuable opportunities. Learn more about the digital badging work in West Sacramento through the LRNG digital badging platform by going here.