Foundation of Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials

Demonstrating and Recognizing Knowledge and Competencies

  • Dirk Ifenthaler
  • Nicole Bellin-Mularski
  • Dana-Kristin Mah

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Theoretical Foundation of Digital Badges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. James E. Willis III, Kim Flintoff, Bridget McGraw
      Pages 23-40
    3. Alison Lockley, Anne Derryberry, Deborah West
      Pages 55-70
    4. Sharon L. Gander
      Pages 71-95
  3. Technological Frameworks and Implementation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Sonja Dimitrijević, Vladan Devedzić, Jelena Jovanović, Nikola Milikić
      Pages 141-161
    3. Brent G. Wilson, Crystal Gasell, Aysenur Ozyer, Len Scrogan
      Pages 163-177
    4. Timothy Newby, Casey Wright, Erin Besser, Elizabeth Beese
      Pages 179-201
    5. Deborah Everhart, Anne Derryberry, Erin Knight, Sunny Lee
      Pages 221-235
    6. Jordan Hamson-Utley, Errin Heyman
      Pages 237-258
  4. Learning and Instructional Design Considerations

  5. Case Studies: Practices and Experience

  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 509-509
    2. Dana-Kristin Mah, Nicole Bellin-Mularski, Dirk Ifenthaler
      Pages 511-517
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 519-530

About this book


This edited volume provides insight into how digital badges may enhance formal, non-formal and informal education by focusing on technical design issues including organizational requirements, learning and instructional design, as well as deployment. It features current research exploring the theoretical foundation and empirical evidence of the utilization of digital badges as well as case studies that describe current practices and experiences in the use of digital badges for motivation, learning, and instruction in K-12, higher education, workplace learning, and further education settings.


digital badges educational technology learning environments micro-credentials technology and the classroom technology integration in learning and instruction

Editors and affiliations

  • Dirk Ifenthaler
    • 1
  • Nicole Bellin-Mularski
    • 2
  • Dana-Kristin Mah
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MannheimDeakin University Melbourne, AustraliaMannheimGermany
  2. 2.University of PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  3. 3.University of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-15424-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-15425-1
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