I think that students get engaged with this type of projects because they are connecting their assignments with real life, with tasks that help them think and experience on their own, developing this way their self-learning.
Digital badges are a valuable supplement to the established assessment tools that recognize work that extends beyond a student's typical academic ability. In my designed mission, for instance, I will award badges to all students that will be able to create a video- tutorial teaching a song with the recorder.
Creating my badge from scratch with Canva was a piece of cake compared with issuing it to other peers in the Educalab Insignias platform where I had some problems, but finally I made it.
It was a great experience and a lot of fun!