Badges and digital certificates in education
We are used to the fact that when we finish a training course it is the only moment when we are given a diploma. This diploma certifies that we have successfully passed the course and it is a cardboard with all the data of the student, the center and its representatives.
In the digital era, it makes no sense to continue issuing this type of certificate. Students no longer ask for a physical certificate, only a digital one, and this is where blockchain technology comes in.
Digital credentials vs. traditional diplomas
Traditional certificates, both in paper and digital format, have several shortcomings; they can be easily forged, once they are lost you have to restart the whole process of issuance, with the relevant fees, they only certify that you have passed the overall course, etc.
Thanks to the blockchain technology used in digital certificates, most of these shortcomings can be solved. All issues once launched are completely immutable, students receive their digital diplomas completely free of charge and keep them in their digital wallet to access from wherever and whenever they want.
They also allow you to explore different ways of structuring your trainings, orient them to enhance the learners’ knowledge and, in the end, empower us so that they can certify their knowledge in the professional world.
Digital badges are digital medals that you can use during your trainings to reward students who achieve a minimum grade, pass some part of the training or participate in a seminar. Thanks to these badges, which will also be stored in their digital wallets, your students will be able to highlight their skills and abilities.
Implementing digital badges in your trainings allows you to structure your trainings in educational itineraries. An educational itinerary is simply structuring the training by parts or modules and at the end of each of these parts a badge is given to the student, certifying that he/she has passed that particular part. Badges are earned throughout the course until all of them are earned and a digital diploma is awarded certifying that the student has passed the course.
In this way you can use modern techniques to design your courses; it is essential to innovate, differentiate yourself from your competition and keep your students motivated. One example is gamification, a technique that uses game mechanics (levels, challenges, scoring points…) in training courses.
Education is a sector with increasing competition, distance learning is becoming more and more important and it is very difficult to differentiate yourself.
Digital credentials on blockchain provide the center with all the tools to innovate, certify the knowledge of students and differentiate itself by adding value to the centers.