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Open Badges: Badges for Learning? – eLearning Blog Dont Waste Your Time

I have only taken one certified or official course since I completed my undergraduate degree in 1996, and that was the PG Cert in 2010. Everything else I have done I have done on my own because I (a) wanted to, (b) needed to. But I have nothing to show for it other then the knowledge and experience it has helped me achieve – but how can I show colleagues or employers this knowledge? Why, ‘Open Badges’ is how!

 

I wonder how many badges I could be displaying about now if Open Badges were around when I started? I bet there are a few!

 

It wasn’t until I worked through Doug’s presentation below (given to the eAssessment Conference 2012 last week) that I realised just how clever these badges are: they’re images with metadata hard-coded into them including name, description, and details of the issuer (date, origin, name, organisation, etc) as well as the recipient (so you can’t nick someone else’s and pass it off as your own achievement!) and expiry date (!).

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Badges will unlock higher-education alternatives

Badges will unlock higher-education alternatives | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

How do we do better and create a “new ecology of learning? Accreditation is the key to making alternatives work. 

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