Workshop Session | Wednesday, June 27 | 2:50 – 3:35 p.m.
Track: Learning Technologies

Digital badges are a rapidly growing worldwide online system that contains information about a person such as the knowledge and skills they achieved through formal or informal learning. In essence, digital badges are the online/digital version of the badges you may have earned in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. The badge has specific criteria that an earner has to achieve, the knowledge and/or skills it took to achieve that badge and who validated that learning. Once earned, digital badges can be added to a learner’s social media profile, like LinkedIn or Twitter. Then when someone clicks on the badge, in the learner’s profile, they are provided detailed information on what it took for you to earn that badge. The presenters, who have decades of corporate and collegiate experience, will first share with you the what, the why and the how of digital badges. Then, they will facilitate helping you to define the what, the why and the how to implement digital badges in your organization.

What will you learn?

  • What digital badges are and why your organization would want to use them.
  • How to implement digital badges in your organization.


Carol Gravel, Learning Architect, Binnacle Consulting
Carol is a learning architect at Binnacle Consulting, a worldwide IT and business skills training company, where her primary focus is on creating innovative approaches to learning. Her diverse career includes corporate, collegiate and consulting. She has worked for Fortune 500 companies, has architected several online degree programs, and has consulted on measuring the impact of learning.
Dr. Gravel still teaches online, leads the learning trends special interest group for the ATD Triangle chapter, is an article reviewer for several international publications and has presented at several international conferences.
Pete Janzow, Co-Founder, Acclaim
Peter Janzow is the co-founder of Acclaim, an enterprise class badging platform backed by Pearson. Janzow has actively contributed to education for many years in roles that include executive management, global market development and entrepreneurship for educational publishing and technology companies. With a keen interest in STEM education, Janzow continues to work actively in the fields of workforce development, professional credentialing, and engineering education. Janzow is a current director of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and a former director of the American Society for Engineering Education.