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An Open, Distributed System for Badge Validation

An Open, Distributed System for Badge Validation | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

There have been a lot of people that have claimed that badges could replace degrees. That collections of badges could serve as legitimate portfolios or pathways that tell the same story as a degree, and in fact tell a much more in depth story given that we can use badges to capture more granular learning and each badge is evidence-based. I get asked a lot if I believe that badges will replace degrees and it’s a tough question. It’s not what we are setting out to do necessarily, the use case for badges in informal learning spaces is a primary one since that learning is not currently recognized. But I know I do believe in the utopia where learners can craft their own paths across the many learning opportunities available - especially those that are free and accessible. Where on-the-job experience counts for you in a real way. Where all of the learning and experiences in your lifetime are connected and stitched together around your identity or identities. Degrees definitely do no do this for you, but badges could.

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Validating Open Badges | Jon Buckley

Validating Open Badges | Jon Buckley | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Last week I had the opportunity to work with Brian Brennan, who is the technical lead on Mozilla’s Open Badges project. One of the problems that interested me during the work week was validating open badges.

 

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I built a demo that showed off in-browser verification of badges. I’d love to see the badge spec continue to evolve, and become even more robust. The next step is signing badges is going to ensure that they can’t be tampered with. It should be interesting to verify that inside the browser. It’d also be good to switch to the ‘iTXt’ PNG chunk, which is designed to hold international text, such as URLs.

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Mozilla Open Badges: building trust networks, creating value

Mozilla Open Badges: building trust networks, creating value | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

In earlier posts about badge system design, we focused on the some of the better ways to begin thinking about how to create a badge system where little to nothing existed previously. Recognizing that a badge system is situated and will interact with a wide variety of other systems, each badge system is interwoven with, complements, and depends upon other systems to exist. Let’s consider a badge system that acknowledges prior learning. In order for it to function effectively, that system would need to take into account existing social, professional, and cultural memetics. It would benefit from being based on current understandings of educational value; existing professional environments that might find value in such badges; investigation into personally derived meaning and value. At the risk of stating the obvious, the key word in all of those phrases is value.

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Digital Badges? Is This Higher Education or the Wild, Wild West? | Online Universities

Digital Badges? Is This Higher Education or the Wild, Wild West?  | Online Universities | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

If this plan can really follow the open source ecosystem model being proposed, there is great potential for this effort to develop a natural growth based on community support and input. The wiki and Linux open source models are very successful examples of the ways in which individuals with the best interests of larger communities in mind can create something powerful and sustainable.

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