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CITY UNIVERSITY LONDON
A project on Open Badges in Higher Education
Perception and Potential
Dr. Ian Glover – Sheffield Hallam University
Farzana Latif – University of Sheffield
City University London Project
•Aim to identify perception and possible
•Semi-structured interviews with staff
•Focus groups with students
City University London Findings
•Students want to use badges to stand
out from peers
•Desire to link badges to requirements
of professional accreditation
•Important not to issue too many
• each badge must represent genuine
What were the common criticisms?
How can you respond to them?
• plan and design them to be meaningful
"Hard to design without skills"
• simple, free tools available
"Lack of consistency in use"
• set a policy about the requirements for
GLOVER, Ian and LATIF, Farzana (2013) Investigating
perceptions and potential of open badges in formal higher
education. In: Proceedings of World Conference on
Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and
Telecommunications 2013. AACE,
Chesapeake, VA, 1398-1402. ISBN 9781939797032
•Not proprietary – using free software
and open technical standard
•Help knit skills together
•Are full of information that can be
•Can be earned from multiple sources
Who is using Badges
• Over 700 organisations
• Formal and informal educational institutions
• Multinational corporations
• Industry associations
• Groups interested in Professional development
• 85,000 issued since launch in 2012.
Jisc RSC Scotland Open Badges series
•Digital Practitioner Series
•Digital Innovator Series