Rupert Ward on Badging and Digital Trust

Key Points

  • Badges are simply learnings that can be recognized. 

  • Microcredentials are a way of breaking down traditionally recognized qualifications into subcomponents. 

Rupert Ward Digital Credentials

This episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is a part of our New Pathways campaign. In partnership with American Student Assistance® (ASA), Stand Together and the Walton Foundation, the New Pathways campaign will question education’s status quo and propose new methods of giving students a chance to experience success in what’s next. 

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Nate McClennen is joined by Rupert Ward, a former Special Adviser and Project Lead for iDEA, one of the world’s most successful free educational technologies. 

Rupert is a Professor of Learning Innovation and Associate Dean (International) within the School of Computing and Engineering – at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He is also a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Nate and Rupert discuss the importance of trust, how learning fitness could be more like physical fitness and the role of technology in shaping the future of learning. 

All we need to do is get people to the right point of learning fitness, at the right point in their life for them.

Rupert Ward


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