Digital Badges available to Irish Higher Education sector

Feb 4, 2021

EduCampus and Digitary have partnered to provide institutions in the Irish Higher Education sector, the ability to issue Digital Badges through the Digitary ‘Student Credentials System’ solution

EduCampus and Digitary are excited to announce an additional feature under the collaborative framework agreement, enabling all EduCampus clients from Irish higher education institutions to be able to adopt Digital Badges. Sitting alongside the existing Digitary CORE solution for the issuance of academic credentials, such as degree certificates, academic transcripts, European Diploma Supplements (EDS) and other official academic documents; Digital Badges enables institutions to recognise all kinds of learners skills, competencies and learning experiences. When combined, it helps institutions provide learners with a comprehensive digital record of achievements and qualifications.

Digital Badges are associated with micro-credentials, short courses, formal and non-formal learning; and are increasingly being used worldwide to fully articulate and recognise skills and achievements, complementing official academic awards. In current times, this has become more prevalent than ever, with the increased demands on shorter courses and flexible requirements to recognise learner competencies, that ultimately assist to service enterprise and learners with validated digital credentials.

EduCampus and Digitary have partnered to provide institutions in the Irish Higher Education sector, the ability to issue Digital Badges through the Digitary ‘Student Credentials System’ solution

EduCampus and Digitary are excited to announce an additional feature under the collaborative framework agreement, enabling all EduCampus clients from Irish higher education institutions to be able to adopt Digital Badges. Sitting alongside the existing Digitary CORE solution for the issuance of academic credentials, such as degree certificates, academic transcripts, European Diploma Supplements (EDS) and other official academic documents; Digital Badges enables institutions to recognise all kinds of learners skills, competencies and learning experiences. When combined, it helps institutions provide learners with a comprehensive digital record of achievements and qualifications.

Digital Badges are associated with micro-credentials, short courses, formal and non-formal learning; and are increasingly being used worldwide to fully articulate and recognise skills and achievements, complementing official academic awards. In current times, this has become more prevalent than ever, with the increased demands on shorter courses and flexible requirements to recognise learner competencies, that ultimately assist to service enterprise and learners with validated digital credentials.

Based on the Open Badges standard, stewarded by IMS Global Learning Consortium, which promotes the vision of portability, Digitary have partnered with Badgr in developing Digital Badges through Digitary. This enhanced functionality for institutions availing of the Irish ‘Student Credentials System’ solution, facilitates the capability to provide learners with lifelong access to all of their credentials, macro and micro, supporting further study and employment applications.

Following on from the announcement that EduCampus and Digitary have extended their existing ‘Student Credentials System’ agreement to the end 2023, the agreement now extends to also include Digital Badges to participating institutions on Digitary CORE. Institutions wishing to onboard Digital Badges are invited to contact EduCampus and confirm their onboarding requirements.

Currently the following Higher Education institutions in Ireland are utilising Digitary CORE for the digital issuance of verified student credentials through the ‘Student Credentials System’ agreement: University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Galway May Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Carlow, Institute of Technology Dún Laoghaire Inst. Art & Design, Institute of Technology Sligo, Munster Technological University (Tralee), Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Limerick Institute of Technology, Technological University Dublin (Blanchardstown), Technological University Dublin (Tallaght) and Waterford Institute of Technology.

These institutions continue to move towards greater support of their students lifelong learning journey, with the capability to enhance the recognition of all learning experiences through the adoption and use of Digital Badges.

“The addition of Digital Badges for our client community to advance their micro-credentialing strategies through Digitary’s secure and trusted digital badging technology, meets our objective to deliver the next evolution of quality IT services to the higher education sector in Ireland. Digital Badges and their capability to transform how institutions are distinguishing learner achievements is exciting and we are keen to work with clients to successfully onboard this feature.”
Fionnuala Lambert, Chief Operating Officer, EduCampus

“With a number of institutions in Australia and NZ having implemented Digitary’s Digital Badges in 2020, we are excited to make available to EduCampus’ client community in 2021 and beyond. The emerging requirements to recognise all learning outcomes is at an important juncture globally and we look forward to supporting the Irish higher education sector’s progressive digital adoption of recognition as they implement their micro-credential strategies, short courses and other flexible learning formats that can be represented by Digital Badges.”
Daniel Hibbert, Commercial Director, Digitary

 

About EduCampus

EduCampus Services was incorporated in April 2015 to deliver business critical ICT application services and Management Information Systems (MIS) to the Higher Education and Research sectors in Ireland. EduCampus’ mission is to provide leadership to the higher education sector by delivering a range of innovative systems and services to meet the needs of the client community. To learn more, visit www.educampus.ie

About Digitary

Digitary was launched in Dublin, Ireland in 2005, and has grown to become the leading online platform for certifying, sharing, and verifying academic credentials. Learner-centric since the very start, Digitary enables millions of learners to access their verified achievements and to share them with others securely, quickly, and easily. Digitary is now used by organisations in over 135 countries. For further details visit www.digitary.net

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AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT:
EduCampus Chief Operating Officer – Fionnuala Lambert
Digitary Commercial Director – Daniel Hibbert

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