Illustration Edubadge

Pilot Information Literacy Edubadges

Show your level of Information Literacy with an Edubadge. This pilot is now running in the BSc Forest and Nature Conservation.

Learning trajectory

The Information Literacy learning trajectory offers a learning path along which students can develop this skill “just in time”, when they need it the most. Learning a skill is best done consciously and when put to immediate use. Therefore, opportunities to practice Information Literacy are organised in a way that best fits the study programme of the student. By following the learning trajectory of Information Literacy, students will gradually increase the level in which they are information literate, for which they will be rewarded with Edubadges. 

Awareness and flexibility

Students are truly proficient in a skill when they are unconsciously competent and use the skill effortlessly. To get to this point students must first be consciously competent. To create student awareness, it is important that students can monitor their own learning progress. Issuing Edubadges on Information Literacy will help make student progress visible and tangible.  

In the future Edubadges should also be a solution for cross-institutional recognition of prior learning. It stimulates the idea of non-linear lifelong learning and flexible learning paths. Efforts are being made to ensure these badges can be used, issued, and valued across higher education in The Netherlands. Therefore, the necessary digital infrastructure is (being) developed.  

Learning outcomes and learning activities

Information Literacy is a complex skill made up of many competency areas. Various frameworks and models mapped the information literacy competencies. Based on the SCONUL framework (Bent & Stubbings, 2011), WUR Library defined a matrix with six competency areas for the Information Literacy learning trajectory and corresponding learning outcomes. 

The areas in this matrix are Orientate, Prepare, Search, Evaluate, Manage, and Communicate and are visualized in an iterative process shown on the right.  

Edubadges Information Literacy

To anticipate cross-institutional use and recognition of Edubadges, the six competency areas in the matrix are merged into three badges (Orientation, The Search, and The Results) that correspond with the nationally recognized taxonomy for Information Literacy (Van der Meer & Post, 2020).

Each Edubadge is assigned to a different phase in the learning trajectory. The number of stars represent the level of performance. 

Visualisation of the Information Literacy learning trajectory within the bachelor cycle (adapted from a drawing of Edo-Jan Meijer, CC BY NC SA)
Visualisation of the Information Literacy learning trajectory within the bachelor cycle (adapted from a drawing of Edo-Jan Meijer, CC BY NC SA)