Digital Badging for Veterans

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed, Dec 07, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The challenge now for proponents of badges will be to address the flood that's about to follow. This is a case in point. This article describes BadgesforVets.org, which will be "a résumé translation and job search service." It will contain more than 1,000 badges tied to (U,S.) ilitary credentials. "A veteran clicks on his or her job classifications and then receives an e-mail with a link to the badges. The link is designed for easy embedding in a résumé or for use on Facebook or LinkedIn." All very good. But the reason why images work well as badges is that people recognize what they stand for. With thousands of badges, people won't know what the images mean. So whats the point of having them?

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