Digital open badge-driven learning: a doctoral thesis summary

Sanna Brauer, Education in the North

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Digital open badges are gaining popularity as a means of identification and recognition of competences acquired differently. Meanwhile new ways to motivate, scaffold and assess competence-based learning processes in professional development are emerging. This feature offers a summary of the first European doctoral dissertation to address digital open badges and digital open badge-driven learning. The thesis represents a novel application of descriptive statistical methodology to the context of educational research. The primary results culminate in defining digital open badge-driven learning process grounded on the badge constellation of competences. The entity of badge-driven learning includes learning materials, badge criteria, instructional badging, scaffolding and peer support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-156
Number of pages9
JournalEducation in the North
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2020


  • competence-based approach
  • digital open badge-driven learning
  • motivation
  • open badges


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