A digital badge is essentially a validated indicator of accomplishment that will enable NSO students and instructors to share their credentials on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, via email or embedded in a personal website, in a way that can be credibly verified. When an individual clicks on a digital badge earned by an NSO student or instructor it will allow them to see the degree of effort that the graduate has invested into earning the badge and the associated knowledge, skills and proficiencies that they have demonstrated. This real time verification individual accomplishment provides a level of credibility and transparency that is not currently available through most professional websites or online portfolios.
The NSO is the first military organization to provide a digital badging solution using the Acclaim platform. In doing so, the NSO is joining other institutions and companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, University of Utah, Capella University and IBM in offering digital badges to our graduates in recognition of their resumé-worthy achievements. During the pilot project the NSO will assess the overall level of effort required to provide digital badges to students and the overall desire of students to receive and display their digital badges. At the conclusion of the pilot project in December 2017, the NSO will evaluate the overall success of this initiative and determine the way forward for this initiative in 2018.