Developed by Mozilla Foundation (Firefox people)- purpose: produce a common method of recognising informal learning, skills development and experience.Image + embedded data about issuer, recipient, etc.Badges from variety of sources gathered together and organised by the earnerCan be shared with third parties, peer, tutors, employers, facebook friends, etc.Free to issue, collect and display badges
Help expose 'hidden' learning - hard and soft skills, etc. that are buried by the mark in a transcriptDefined criteria to receive a badge can help push students further - "only a little bit more and I get a badge!"Motivating students through peer 'competition' - people want to show off their achievementscan provide a way to get employers involved in the curriculum without the overhead of full validation - create badges based on employers' and prof. bodies' requirements.Helps to draw out patterns and common skills throughout a programme*May* assist in retention of struggling students by showing that, while not getting top grades, they are still acquiring sought-after skills and experience.
[Loads of uses from the same thing.]
Issuing badges soon becoming possible through Moodle and Pebblepad, already possible through Wordpress blogs.Credly (http://www.credly.com) a good way to quickly get started with badges - includes a simple tool to create the images.
Using Open Badges to Recognise Student Achievement
Open Badges Anatomy (Updated) by Kyle Bowen.