Badges have been symbols of accomplishment for years. Now the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is sponsoring a competition to raise interest in a new type of badge that people can display on their website, blog or Facebook page to make job hunting easier (thanks Eva).
The e-badges are another way of telling the story of who you are and what you know. They supplement CVs and transcripts by spotlighting other skills, like specialised computer knowledge or skills learned in after-school programs. Prospective employers could click on the e-badge to see detailed supporting information, including who issued the badge, the criteria and even work samples that led to the award.
To create prototypes of these alternative credentials, MacArthur has started a “Badges for Lifelong Learning” competition that will culminate in March 2012, when the foundation will award a total of $2m to several dozen winners. http://www.dmlcompetition.net/