What are open badges?
Badges have been used as a tool for motivation and reward for a long time e.g. Guides, Scouts, swimming etc. More recently, digital badges are being seen as motivation tools for online games, or reward aids for online forums to encourage discussion.
Open or Digital badges are a digital implementation of these physical badges, and can be achieved by completing specific tasks and goals set by the issuer, for example a University. The issuer will create a set of criteria they want the badge earner to complete before the badge is awarded.
The metadata within the digital badge contains details of who issued the badge, when and what tasks had to be completed to earn that badge.
The badges can be shared on blogs, online portfolios and CVs.
Why would I use open badges?
Badges are an opportunity to gain recognition for aspects of learning that would not have been rewarded or recognised in a formalised manner. For example, this could be acknowledgement of extracurricular activities or CPD.
To find out more
If you are interested in finding out more about Open Badges, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on firstname.lastname@example.org or ext 1865.
#ALTC Blog, (2015) Implementation of Open Badges in Education (Accessed: 8 February 2016).
Hollinshead, L. (2015) TEL me more about...digital badges, Technology Enhanced Learning Blog. (Accessed: 8 February 2016).
Jisc, (2013) So what are Open Badges? (Accessed: 8 February 2016).