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Tilburg University presents first ‘edubadges’ to students

Published: 02nd June 2020 Last updated: 16th July 2020

Tilburg University has presented the first official edubadges to students of the Consultancy Skills course. In addition to the usual credits, students also received online badges. The badge is accredited proof of skills mastered.

Thus, students have a digital badge that can be shared online, e.g., on LinkedIn. The badge is accredited proof of skills mastered. It therefore does not only say something about knowledge, but also about character and skills. If you click on the badge, learning outcomes and the content details of the badge obtained are displayed. By means of edubadges, students can profile themselves towards educational institutions or future employers.

Tilburg University students embrace Edubadges (3:32 minuten)

National pilots

With EDUiLAB, Tilburg University has been involved in the developments around edubadges, also referred to as microcredentials, in education for some time now and has collaborated in this context with SURF, a national collaborative organization for ICT in Dutch education and research. “SURF is developing an infrastructure whereby Dutch education institutions can issue edubadges. Worldwide, the Netherlands is one of the frontrunners with this national approach. After a thorough, multi-year preliminary process, including a whitepaper and a proof of concept, SURF has completed a pilot period in 2019/2020, in close collaboration with sixteen education institutions” (SURF, 2020). Tilburg University also took part and had the honor to present the first edubadges to students.

Edubadges in education

The use of edubadges offers students the possibility to show proof of knowledge and skills during as well as outside a program. Edubadges will not replace existing diplomas any time soon. But they will have an impact on the flexibility in education, for instance, life-long learning, taking courses at other education institutions, or being able to show that certain competencies were acquired during an internship.

After the pilot was completed, Tilburg University was able to issue no less than 75 badges, which was the majority of the participating students.

Edubadges at Tilburg University

This successful pilot is at the basis of further implementing and elaborating the broad approach to edubadges within Tilburg University in the near future.