Learning happens everywhere.But its often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen online or out of school. Open Badges are an attempt to solve thatproblem, allowing any organization to issue, manage and display digital badges across the web.
Badges being developed to…• Create an alternative accreditation / credentialing system• Avoid silos; i.e. badges stuck in one learning system• Accredit both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills• Support learners learning everywhere
What is a badge and how does it work?• An image embedded with metadata (sharable across the web)• Metadata links to webpages, detailing who issued the badge, and what the learner has done• Can include examples of work, i.e., portfolio
Learner-led learningLearners choose what badges they want to earnLearners can share the badge on theirwebsite, social networking profiles(Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)Learners have control over their badge backpack
Virtually anyone can issue a badge, aboutvirtually anythingCurrently no standardisation within the badginginfrastructureMozilla hosting Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI),facilitating the collection and sharing of badges