117 Unpacking Badge Analytics: What Metadata Can Tell Us

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Wednesday, September 30

Emerging Tech


The promise of open digital badges extends beyond their potential to recognize informal learning and professional development. Open badges also provide data that can be mined and analyzed to benefit learners, educators, and learning organizations, both locally and globally across the ecosystem. What does the current universe of badges look like? What practical data can be conveyed through badges? How can usable data be extracted from digital badges that can be used by learners and institutions of learning?

In this session you will be introduced to the Open Badges Infrastructure. You will see examples of badge system designs that use learner analytics and explore the potential for ecology-wide data analysis using a badge discovery platform under development. You will learn the benefits of badge data analysis for learners, educators, learning institutions, and researchers, and learn some of the current challenges in data collection, including pitfalls for badge system designers.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Basics of open digital badges
  • What kind of additional information can be associated with an open badge
  • How badge metadata can help drive discovery and accessibility
  • How to harness metadata for practical usage

Intermediate and advanced designers, developers, project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
Open Badges Infrastructure, application-programming interface, web services, IOS applications, and learner analytics.

Anh Nguyen



Anh Nguyen is a software engineer and developer of the Credmos badge discovery platform. Credmos is designed to aggregate digital badges into a single platform that can be accessible to badge earners seeking to expand their collection of badges. Anh works for the UC Humanities Research Institute and HASTAC on the Digital Media and Learning Competition. Previously he designed the data architecture of a PCI-DSS compliant financial system that kept millions of credit card numbers and built Spigot.org, a unique digital media and learning aggregator.

Sheryl Grant

Director of Badge Research


Sheryl Grant is director of badge research at the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), which administered the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition that awarded over $3 million to 30 digital badge development projects in 2012. Her book What Counts as Learning: Open Badges for New Opportunities is a synthesis of lessons learned from the first year of badge system design across 30 projects. Sheryl is currently completing her PhD dissertation on badges and reputation systems.

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