Open Badges are: Free and open: Mozilla Open Badges is not proprietary. It’s free software and an open technical standard any organization can use to create, issue and verify digital badges. Transferable: Collect badges from multiple sources, online and off, into a single backpack. Then display your skills and achievements on social networking profiles, job sites, websites and more. Stackable: Whether they’re issued by one organization or many, badges can build upon each other and be stacked to tell the full story of your skills and achievements. Evidence-based: Open Badges are information-rich. Each badge has important metadata which is hard-coded into the badge image file itself that links back to the issuer, criteria and verifying evidence.
How does it work? Any badge issuer (for example, an after-school program, free online course, or vocational institute) can award certified badges to learners like you. Learners can then collect and manage their badges in a badge backpack. This makes it easy to display your skills and achievements across a range of different display sites -- from your personal résumé or web site, to social networking profiles, to employment sites. Source: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Badges/About
An Introduction to Open Badges
Centre for Flexible Learning, USP
3 June 2014
What are they?
Badges are digital records of skills,
achievements and participation.
Where do people learn or acquire skills?
• Formal context
• Informal context
• Offline, etc.
How can you show
for these skills,
Digital vs Open Badges
• Open Badges are:
• Free and open
• Open Badges make it easy to:
• Get recognition for the things you learn;
• Give recognition for the things you teach;
• Verify skills; and
• Display your verified badges across the web.
What makes up a badge?
•Issuer – Who
made the badge
•Criteria – What it
takes to earn a
proof of earning
the badge and
Applying for a badge
An example of an Open Badge Backpack
Who uses Badges?
• Open University / Cloudworks
Who designs Badges?
• Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy
My Backpack on Mozilla Backpack
Learn more about badges
• Gavin Henrick:
• Mozilla Open Badges:
Our current constraints
• Our Moodle platform has badges deactivated – server
• Course designers need to be thoroughly trained so they
can create a well-balanced fusion between technology
• Moodle’s Activity completion,
• Course completion,
• Conditional access and
How can badges be used in our context?
• With your neighbour, discuss how badges can be used
in our context.
• Think about who will be issuing the badge, for what
purpose, whether it can be stackable, etc.
• What are some advantages or disadvantages?
• How can it be used for staff or students?