Transitioning from Paper to Digital Credentials, Displayed as Open Badges

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Professional credentials are shifting from paper to digital representations, but issues of security, validity, portability and cost – along with simplicity – are forefront among credential issuers considering the transition. Mozilla Foundation’s new Open Badge Infrastructure is one vendor-neutral option for digital credential display, storage and sharing. This ePoster (created for the November 2013 ICE Exchange conference held by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence) explains how traditional paper credential issuance can move to a digital credential approach using open web standards and technologies, and the potential benefits to credential issuers, credential earners and employers. Authors are Frank Catalano and Kenneth J. Doucet of Professional Examination Service, a not-for-profit professional credential assessment and services organization (@ProExam or www.ProExam.org).

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Transitioning from Paper to Digital Credentials, Displayed as Open Badges

  1. 1. Transitioning from Paper Credentials to Digital, Displayed as Open Badges Frank Catalano Kenneth J. Doucet www.ProExam.org
  2. 2. Evolution of Credentials Credentials = paper certificates (“sheepskin”) for decades www.ProExam.org 2
  3. 3. Evolution of Credentials But employment process has moved online www.ProExam.org 3
  4. 4. Evolution of Credentials Result: more demands on credential issuers, lack of flexibility for credential earners, verification hassle for employers www.ProExam.org 4
  5. 5. Displaying Digital Credentials Earlier “digital credentials” – simple images – easily counterfeited with cut-and-paste www.ProExam.org 5
  6. 6. Displaying Digital Credentials Equivalent of a harder-to-fake physical badge – like Scouting – has not existed digitally before www.ProExam.org 6
  7. 7. Credentials as “Open” Badges Mozilla Foundation (best known for Firefox web browser) has created the Open Badge open technical standard www.ProExam.org 7
  8. 8. Credentials as “Open” Badges Mozilla Foundation (best known for Firefox web browser) has created the Open Badge open technical standard Graphic image as a badge, with embedded data about who issued it, earned it, and other details www.ProExam.org 8
  9. 9. Credentials as “Open” Badges Mozilla Foundation (best known for Firefox web browser) has created the Open Badge open technical standard Graphic image as a badge, with embedded data about who issued it, earned it, and other details All by clicking on badge image www.ProExam.org 9
  10. 10. Credentials as “Open” Badges Issue Earn Issuing organization grants a credential www.ProExam.org 10
  11. 11. Credentials as “Open” Badges Issue Earn Issuing organization grants a credential Earner receives a digital Open Badge instead of paper www.ProExam.org 11
  12. 12. Credentials as “Open” Badges Issue Earn Manage Earner stores, manages credential in an online “vault” www.ProExam.org 12
  13. 13. Credentials as “Open” Badges Issue Earn Manage Earner stores, manages credential in an online “vault” Issuer still controls credential details www.ProExam.org 13
  14. 14. Credentials as “Open” Badges Issue Earn Manage Share Earner shares credential badge image on social networks, www.ProExam.org web, in digital resume 14
  15. 15. Credentials as “Open” Badges Issue Earn Manage Verify Share Employer (or anyone) verifies with one click back to issuer www.ProExam.org 15
  16. 16. Professional & Workplace Uses University of Illinois uses Open Badges as credentials to certify teachers in online instruction www.ProExam.org 16
  17. 17. Professional & Workplace Uses EDC, in three countries, issues Open Badges as credentials for its assessment-based work readiness program www.ProExam.org 17
  18. 18. Professional & Workplace Uses Badges for Vets offers Open Badges for returning veterans to show employers skills learned in military www.ProExam.org 18
  19. 19. Credentials as Digital Open Badges Organizations: Reduce fulfillment costs, rapidly update status, extend brand across web, secure www.ProExam.org 19
  20. 20. Credentials as Digital Open Badges Organizations: Reduce fulfillment costs, rapidly update status, extend brand across web, secure Individuals: Easily verified credential, display on social networking/career sites, include in digital resume www.ProExam.org 20
  21. 21. Credentials as Digital Open Badges Organizations: Reduce fulfillment costs, rapidly update status, extend brand across web, secure Individuals: Easily verified credential, display on social networking/career sites, include in digital resume Employers: Streamlined and secure verification www.ProExam.org 21
  22. 22. www.ProExam.org 22

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