Moving Forward with Digital Badges in Education

  • Dana-Kristin MahEmail author
  • Nicole Bellin-Mularski
  • Dirk Ifenthaler


Digital badges are an emerging technology in education that symbol achievements, knowledge, skills, and competencies in various educational contexts and thus contribute to meaningful learning pathways. This edited volume presents a collection of works and findings on digital badges from multiple perspectives concerning education: theoretical approaches, design implementations of badging systems as well as various case studies and research findings, which give valuable insight into practical experiences and challenges in twenty-first century learning experience. This epilogue provides an analysis of the previous chapters with focus on three major themes that have emerged: (1) the impact of digital badges on learning and assessment, (2) digital badges’ design and technological considerations, and (3) stakeholders’ perspective on digital badges concerning acceptance. We aim to move forward with digital badges in education and therefore conclude with directions for further research on digital badges in different educational contexts such as K-12, higher education, and organizations.


Digital badges Motivation Assessment Instructional design Badging system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dana-Kristin Mah
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicole Bellin-Mularski
    • 1
  • Dirk Ifenthaler
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.University of MannheimMannheimGermany
  3. 3.Deakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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