The Basics

  

    • An open badge is a visual representation of an achievement with embedded metadata that contains further information that can be read by other software applications.
    • The embedded metadata of a badge follows open international standards so that it can be used across different software platforms that understand the standards, transforming your old paper certificates into a powerful new digital currency and enabling those software platforms to verify authenticity.
    • The embedded data within a badge communicates information regarding the identity of issuer, the recipient, the criteria for achievement, sometimes an expiry date and other information in a format that is secure.
    • A badge can also provide a link to the recipient’s evidence relating to the achievement.
    • A set of badges can be conceptually linked together and matched to a framework to create a learning pathway.
    • An individual user can import badges that they have earned elsewhere and build up a collection in their “backpack”. Openbadges.me provides this backpack utility for free for each user together with user functions for formatting how and where badges are displayed.
    • We have a long history with Open Badges, as an early member of the Badge Alliance during its development by the Mozilla Foundation, and now as a member of IMS Global Learning Consortium® who manages the standard. See www.imsglobal.org/badges for more information.
    • The Open Badge standard has now been used by thousands of organisations around the world including schools, colleges, universities, vocational training organisations, membership organisations and companies.