The advantage of Digital Badges is that they allow the candidates to show their skills, competencies, and the degrees or certificates they have obtained (not only from colleges and universities).
1. Career synthesis
Digital Badges work as a kind of credential which is granted after a person completes a course of study: it contains metadata that provides access to detailed information about the holder, such as test results, instructor affiliations, required courses, completion dates, etc.
2. Useful tool for the recruiter
By just clicking on the badge a recruiter can find out exactly what the holder had to accomplished to get it.
3. Who issues the badges?
Digital Badges are issued by thousands of educational institutions and professional training organizations around the world: they are a new way for professionals to showcase their achievements, skills, obtained certifications and professional contributions.
4. They can be shown on social networks
Digital Badges can be shared through social network profiles (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and can also be posted on personal websites. It is also useful to include them on your CV or even to embed them in your email signature.
5. Principles of gamification
Since Digital Badges work as a visual shortcut that shows the level of mastery of a given skill, tool or technique: they follow the same logic found in video games, while also evolving over time.