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Read "The Promise of Digital Badges" (Techniques, November/December 2013)

Read "The Practicality of Digital Badges" (Techniques, September 2014)

Badges promote a three-dimensional picture of an individual, allowing viewers to see beyond a report card. They capitalize on technology and offer a means to "display" and validate individual achievements, as well as verify technical competence through projects, programs, courses, assessments, and other activities.

The development of the NOCTI SkillBadge™ is timely as the education system is beginning to embrace badges as a way to enhance student learning through greater engagement. Badges provide a new way to validate skills. From being used as a tool to impact student retention and motivation, potentially recognizing achievements outside of the classroom, and allowing employers to find candidates with specific skills, badges have the potential to impact secondary and post-secondary education as well as the workforce.