Understanding digital credentials

In today’s digital world, it’s important to understand the information a digital credential contains and what it means. In essence: what you can do with it and what it tells you about the bearer.

Use the guides below to understand how you can use, or interpret, digital credentials:

About digital credentials

Digital credentials are a modern and portable recognition of skills, capabilities and achievements:

  • For learners – digital credentials empower learners by providing them with a modern, secure, and efficient means of representing their educational, professional and other achievements in today’s digital landscape.
  • For employers – digital credentials offer a quicker and more accurate assessment of candidates, as they can be verified more efficiently and demonstrate skills that employers can align directly with role requirements.

Digital credentials typically comprise of:

  • A digital badge – an image of a badge with embedded metadata. Metadata is a structured reference that helps to sort and identify attributes of the information it describes
  • A digital badge summary – that displays course information and the overall achievement being awarded
  • A Personal or Provisional Evidence Record – which may include learner-level qualitative and quantitative achievement data, skill definitions, artefacts and framework alignments

Digital Badge
(Image with metadata)

Teamwork Digital Badge Example

Digital Badge Summary

(Course-level information)

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Personal or Provisional Evidence Record

(Learner-level information)

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