Open Badges (Contemporary Approaches to Teaching workshop)
Dr. Ian Glover
Technology Enhanced Learning Team
What is a Badge?
Visual representation of
achievement, experience, affiliation and/or
interest - ideally distinctive and understood
within a community.
What are 'Open Badges'?
Electronic (online) badges
Link to criteria and evidence for award
Have the credibility of the awarding body
Share 'badge clusters' from multiple sources
with others on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
Provide security and verification
can check whether a person was actually awarded
a specific badge
What's the use in HE?
Surface the learning 'hidden' in a transcript
Encourage students to undertake co- and
Recognise informal learning
Motivate students to complete formative
Enables students to differentiate themselves
Think about Badges in your
Are there skills that students use and
Do you have extra-curricular activities to
Do you want to draw links between learning
and skills demanded by
Are there formative activities that you want
students to complete?