ABOUT THE BADGES
Digital badges are online representations of earned knowledge and skills. Badges make it easy to validate and make visible the variety of learning that happens in formal and informal contexts. Most importantly, they have the potential to help change how we assign value to what, where, and how people learn.
What is A Badge?
How do digital badges work?
Just like the physical badges that various organizations use to showcase achievements and accomplishments, digital badges have a similar purpose. Due to the fact that they are digital and online means that an additional layer of information can be incorporated into the badge to tell a more complete story of the accomplishment, including information about how it was earned, who issued it, and even a link back to an artifact relating to the work behind the badge.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.
Since its founding (in 1967), ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher.