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Open Badges Overview

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Open Badges Overview

  1. 1. Recognize, validate & share achievements digitally Digital Badges vs. Open Badges Badges can capture learning wherever and however it occurs. They can be displayed across the web, and help earners access opportunities for employment, education or lifelong learning. Open Badges is free software and an open technical standard. Anyone can use this standard to create, issue and verify open digital badges. free& open: Open badges are: Open badges make it easy to: Whether they’re issued by one organization or many, Open Badges can build upon each other and be stacked to tell the full story of someone’s skills and achievements. Stackable: Each open badge has important metadata which is hard-coded into the badge image file itself that links back to the issuer, criteria and verifying evidence. Evidence-based: Collect badges from multiple sources, online and off, into a single repository - then skills and achievements can be displayed on social or profes- sional networking platforms, digital portfolios and résumés, personal websites, and more. Transferable: • Get recognition for the things you learn; • Give recognition for the things you teach; • Verify and display your skills across the web. badgealliance.org | openbadges.org The digital age has created unprecedented opportunities to learn, both formally and informally. To have the greatest impact on the life of an indi- vidual, those learning opportunities must be made apparent in a way that is digital, interoperable, and verifiable. Open Badges is a new technology that enables the representation, validation, and sharing of skills and knowledge acquired in a classroom, on the job, in the community, or online. Open Badges: A digital badge is defined as “an online representation of a skill you’ve earned.” Open Badges takes that con- cept one step further, veri- fying those skills, interests and achievements through credible organizations, and attaching that information to the badge image file, hard-coding the metadata for future access and review.
  2. 2. talking points about this document: This overview of badges was prepared by members of the Badge Alliance, an open collaborative seeking to expand the use of badges to document learning outcomes, professional achieve- ments, soft skills, participation in activities and group affiliation. additional resources: www.badgealliance.org wiki.badgealliance.org/ wiki.mozilla.org/Badges/Backpack www.openbadges.org/ The focus of the Open Badges work is more than indi- vidual badges; it is about creating an open, connected ecosystem where knowledge and skills can be communi- cated across sectors using digital badges. Open badges increase the overall value of learning outcomes in today’s digital world by including both context and verification, which can be used for evaluation by educators, employers and peers. Alignment with the Open Badges Standard enables digital badges issued by various issuing organizations to be interoperable within and across this open badging eco- system. The ecosystem is comprised of badge earners, issuers, and viewers: Benefits for the Earner Badge earners are at the core of the ecosystem and benefit from the ability to manage their academic and professional achievements effectively in the digital space. Earners can choose to gather together, man- age and share badges through an online repository such as the Mozilla Backpack. Benefits for the Issuer Issuers benefit from the ability to recognize learning or professional outcomes in a way that is transparent and defined by published criteria. An issuer can de- termine whether a badge is the result of a single effort or if it’s part of a broader learning or career path. Benefits for the Viewer Badge viewers complete the ecosystem by bringing their own set of values to bear on badges. By clicking on a badge to view its details, they can use its em- bedded content to evaluate the both the badge and its earner for purposes of educational or professional advancement opportunities. An Ecosystem of Open Badges the open badge standard • Name • Description • Information about the issuer (i.e. name of issuer) • Criteria defined by the issuer, that determines how the badge is earned • Issuance date/expiration date • Evidence (optional) • Links to external standards (optional) • Keywords that connect the badge to other similar skills or achievements (optional) • The Open Badges Standard is new technology that enables any organization or individual to award dig- ital, interoperable, verifiable recognition of learning/ professional achievements, competencies, and skills. • Open Badges empower individuals to explore new learning opportunities, and to collect, manage, and share their badges in ways and places that are meaningful to them. • Employers, educators, and peers can use Open Badges to understand exactly what an individual is capable of, within the context of their badge criteria. Developed by Mozilla Foundation and main- tained by the Badge Alliance, the Open Badg- es Standard is an open technical standard that any organization or individual can use to cre- ate, issue, and verify digital badges for learning outcomes, achievements, affiliations, and com- petencies. Because the system is based on an open standard, earners can combine multiple badges from different issuers to tell the com- plete story of their achievements — both online and off. Open Badges are information-rich digital records of achievement. By clicking on a badge image, you can find out where the activ- ity took place, what skills were achieved, examples of creative work, and more. The Open Badges Standard requires key information be included in each badge:

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