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Digital badging proof of concept tests successfully in myLearning

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  • By Dan Hawkins
  • Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – A successful digital badging capability proof of concept residing inside of myLearning was completed in early August as part of the learning services ecosystem’s Phase III rollout, Air Education and Training Command officials announced here Aug. 13.

Using the Human Relations 101 course as test case, the HQ AETC/A3G Learning Services Team configured a digital badge to be visible in the learner's profile upon course completion, and a retroactive badge was issued to those who completed the course prior to activation.

"This is another leap forward in deliberately advancing force development across the Air Force in line with CSAF Action Order-Airmen," said Floyd A. McKinney, AETC Learning Services Operations division chief. "This provides a future opportunity for course owners to set individual requirements that can build upon one another to provide a varying series of badges (e.g., apprentice, journeyman, craftsman, and master) by mastering additional training courses."

Digital badges are an indicator of accomplishment or skill and earned by completing a course or series of courses. The goal is for digital badges to be viewable on the member's profile page and, in a future update, on the member's myLearning dashboard, McKinney said.

“This capability moves myLearning closer to providing an alternative credential to a course certificate or transcript, which transfers an understanding of skill and competency to private sector industry, partners, or higher education opportunities,” McKinney said.

This effort also represents an important step in the Command's larger digital credentialing efforts and the expectation is to see additional badges awarded as AETC partners with course owners from across the Air Force, McKinney emphasized.

myLearning debuted as a modern and interactive solution in March, 2021, and replaced training modules previously found on the Advanced Distributed Learning Service (ADLS). If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the site or have feedback for the development team, submit a ticket to the myLearning Service Desk by clicking the 'NEED HELP?' button.

Users are asked to exercise patience as the myLearning Help Desk is working trouble tickets as quickly as possible. Please do not submit another ticket for the same issue as that further delays the Service Desk's ability to respond quickly.