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Quick Look: Could Badges for Lifelong Learning Be Our Tipping Point?

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Cathy Davidson, the author of "Now You See It" says it's time for the badging system -- a new way of getting accreditation for expertise -- to really get traction.

"The array of badging systems in these applications is starting to suggest that there are many, many of us who are frustrated with our inherited systems and want to come up with new ways of deciding what we want to count, what we want to value and acknowledge and credit and reward. A badge system can be the symbol of all that, visible proof of  some quality of participation and contribution that previously wasn't even defined."

As more and more fascinating and creative and surprising applications to our DML Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition flood in (we're at almost 100 and the competition does not close until the end of today), I am wondering if, a hundred years from now, some historian ploughing through the dusty data archives of the Internet, will see this moment as digital learning's tipping point.

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