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Introducing Open Badges 1.0

Introducing Open Badges 1.0 | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
Get recognition for learning that happens anywhere. Share it on the places that matter.
Today we’re extremely proud to release Mozilla Open Badges 1.0, an exciting new online standard to recognize and...
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Your Guide to Badging Events at DML 2013 | HASTAC

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HASTAC and the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition grantees are off to Chicago and looking forward to sharing their badge systems at DML 2013: Democratic Futures. Attending in person? Follow the badging conversations happening at DML 2013 including Thursday's Badges for Lifelong Learning panel and 21st Century Science Fair, Ignite Sessions, DML Tech Cafe Sessions, and the Make-to-Learn Symposium on Wednesday.

For those following along online, we'll be using #dmlbadges on Twitter and the dmbadges tag here on HASTAC. 

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grainnehamilton's curator insight, March 14, 2013 5:39 AM

Looking forward to hearing about the range of Open Badge systems that the DML competition winners have been developing.

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Why We Need Badges Now: A Bibliography of Resources in Historical Perspective | DMLcentral

Why We Need Badges Now: A Bibliography of Resources in Historical Perspective | DMLcentral | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Two members of our HASTAC/Connected Learning/Digital Media and Learning Competition team have done just that.  They have done us all an enormous service by pausing to compile, curate, and even annotate the first bibliography on digital badges, a marvelously user-friendly bibliographic guide through the thicket of information and ideas in over 160 separate articles, papers, blogs, and other content types.


Sheryl Grant is Director of Social Networking for the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition, and PhD student at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Kristan E. Shawgo is HASTAC Special Projects Manager and Ci-BER Library Liaison, and recent MSLS graduate from SILS at UNC-Chapel Hill.  They invite you to contribute your own additions—no bibliography is complete.  But you can find here the best single compendium of scholarly and research articles as well as blogs, news stories, and opinion pieces on badges, categorized, curated, annotated with links.

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IRIDESCENT: What are badges, and how will education use them?

We can learn a lot from the stealth badge system, because I think this is what games do exceptionally well, but educators have done relatively poorly. Leveling systems in games are almost always linked to unlocking features in a game.  The newly unlocked features typically make you better at the game, which allow you to gain even more levels, which unlocks more stuff, which allows you to play the game better, which allows you to gain more levels, etc. It is a viciously addictive cycle that is highly motivating.  If you haven't experienced it, pick up Pokemon or Harvest Moon and experience the psychological power of an intrinsic reward structure.

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Webmaker TLDR: roadmapping for badges, social media and more | openmatt

Webmaker TLDR: roadmapping for badges, social media and more | openmatt | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

How do we make webmaker badges more valuableusable and real in 2013? Erin Knight’s presentation lays out the draft roadmap your feedback. TLDR version:


  1. Build the web literacy standard. Create a community around it, generate accountability and support.
  2. Launch more badges. Covering a wider range of skills and types. Within Webmaker and other Mozilla badges — for Engagement, IT, Mozillians, etc.
  3. Provide users with tools for goal-setting, learning discovery and mentorship.
  4. Finalize assessment mechanisms and pathways.
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Lynbrook HS Students Earn 19 Intel Badges

Lynbrook HS Students Earn 19 Intel Badges | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Lynbrook High School students who entered the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search recently earned a total of 19 digital badges.

This is the first year that Intel and the Society for Science & the Public introduced a digital badging system to recognize special student achievement. The concept of digital badging was instituted as a means to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment and validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills.


Three categories of badges were awarded. Each student who entered the competition received an entry badge, indicating that they had met all of the rigorous requirements of the competition. Initiative badges were awarded to students to acknowledge exceptional accomplishments relative to available resources. Report badges recognized exceptionally well-written college-level reports.

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Beyond School - Education Week

Beyond School - Education Week | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

High school students in Providence, R.I., will now receive school credit for learning experiences outside the classroom through a new digital badging initiative launched by the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) and the Mozilla Foundation


According to the alliance, the Providence district is the first in the country to give academic credit for digital badges, which can be earned by completing out-of-school work ranging from participating in an urban debate league to taking a studio-arts course at a local museum, it reports.
For those unfamiliar, "digital badges" are virtual commemorative patches that recognize work, activities, or tasks, much like Girl and Boy Scout badges, only digitized. The idea is to encourage connections between in- and out-of-school learning and get students more engaged in school by recognizing how their interests and pastimes can be academically enriching.


In the new project, PASA's expanded learning initiative for high school students, called the HUB, will award students digital badges for out-of-school academic work that can then be approved for credit by the local school system. The learning experiences are evaluated by PASA to ensure they align well with school day content and are academically beneficial.
"Digital badges allow our students to get recognition for their learning that happens anytime, anywhere. Badges provide a way for students to manage and connect their skills that can potentially open up new opportunities," said Damian Ewens, PASA's director of high school initiatives, in a press release.

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Understanding Motivation in Badge System Design

Understanding Motivation in Badge System Design | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Following up on a DML webinar session from a few months ago led by guest speaker, Judd Antin, UEX research at Facebook, formerly with Yahoo Research, on the topic of motivation in online environments, we thought we’d distill his key points into how they inform designing a badge system. 

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Brett Bixler of Penn State University created this...

Brett Bixler of Penn State University created this... | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
Brett Bixler of Penn State University created this user flow imagery as part of a work-in-progress paper about the potential of Open Badges in higher education.
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How to make #OpenBadges work for you and your organisation

How to make #OpenBadges work for you and your organisation | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The first thing to say is that there is no objectively-awesome way to issue badges. What works for one group of people in one context won’t necessarily work in another context. Having said that, there are some general principles which should stand you in good stead.


Second, you’ll find that it’s fairly natural for people to project their worldview into what is, after all, an open and emergent ecosystem. I’ve had people tell me that badges “will inevitably lead to X,” that “you can’t do Y with badges,” and that “Mozilla need to make sure that Z”. The great thing about the Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI) is that it’s a platform for third parties – including you – to innovate and think differently about their organisation is set up to do.


Third, there’s some criteria that are required for Open Badges and some that are optional.

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Open Badges & Webmaker Badges in 2013: an ongoing conversation

Open Badges & Webmaker Badges in 2013: an ongoing conversation | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
2013: the conversation continues Happy New Year, triskaidekaphiles! I'm starting off the year with a series of blog posts about where 2012 took us and where we will be headed in 2013. This year wil...
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JESS KLEIN: Design Feedback for Badge Systems

JESS KLEIN: Design Feedback for Badge Systems | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
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Jess Klein of Mozilla shares design feedback for badge systems after last week's Badges for Lifelong Learning workshop in Irvine, California. 

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Employee Badges Indicate Softer Skills [Future Of Work] - PSFK

Employee Badges Indicate Softer Skills [Future Of Work] - PSFK | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
The Mozilla Open Badges project allows workers to visually depict their skills and share through social media.
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The Mozilla Open Badges project allows workers to visually depict their skills with badges that can be displayed on social media. Created by the company behind the Firefox web browser, the program lets workers accumulate badges in two ways: (1) as they master specific skills taught by a variety of badge issuers including online learning programs, job training programs and the peer-to-peer learning platform, Skillshare, or (2) when peers, co-workers or supervisors vouch for someone’s soft skills, such as the ability to work in teams and communicate.

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Re-Designing Learning For Democracy | Cathy N. Davidson on DMLcentral

Re-Designing Learning For Democracy | Cathy N. Davidson on DMLcentral | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
Ann Pendleton-Jullian, the architect and educational redesigner, notes that:  “Design has the capacity to shape contexts as frames for things to happen.”  My excitement at being part of the connected learning movement and the...
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Are badges useful in education?: It depends upon the type of badge and expertise of learner | HASTAC

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Samuel Abramovich, Christian Schunn, and Ross Mitsuo Higashi have published a new article about learner motivation and badges at Educational Technology Research and Development.

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International students presented badges - Fort Leavenworth Lamp

International students presented badges - Fort Leavenworth Lamp | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Joining the ranks of “some of the world’s best and brightest leaders,” 44 international students from 45 countries received badges Dec. 13 for completing the Command and General Staff Officers Course at the Command and General Staff College.
Maj. Gen. Gordon B. Davis, Jr., deputy commandant of CGSC, used those words to praise the students in the International Graduate Badge Ceremony, noting that their participation in the college has strengthened mutual alliances, partnerships and professional developments. Since 1894, more than 7,500 international military students representing 160 nations have graduated from Fort Leavenworth.

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Interesting analog example of badges awarded for achievements. 

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 14, 2013 1:41 PM

The US Military has had a long history of using designs, objects, patches, coins, and now badges as media for identity and status. This is consistent with past actions which happens to be an emerging trend in eLearning and Social Media -- Badges (e.g., FourSquare)

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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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Friday badges wrap-up

Two weeks ago (Jan 24-25) the Open Badges team attended the final face to face meeting for the Digital Media and Learning (DML) competition’s funded winners. What a fantastic event: thanks to UCHRI for hosting and all of HASTAC for helping to make it happen. The funded winners presented to one of three expert panels, and if they chose to, each other. The panels were comprised of a learning content expert, a design expert and a marketing and communications expert. We coordinated this combination so that the grantees would have an opportunity to think through their badge systems in new ways since the last face to face meeting at Duke. Charles Perry from MentorMob (a DML funded winner working with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago) has written up a terrific recap of the event. And our own Jess Klein, who acted as a design expert on one of the panels wrote up a list of her top 5 feedback points for badge design. They are both definitely worth reading.

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Developing the series, information and designs for the Jisc RSC Scotland #openbadges

Developing the series, information and designs for the Jisc RSC Scotland #openbadges | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Key areas to consider when designing badges are the behaviours promoted through using them and the criteria for receiving them. On top of this is the actual image design, which is important as it will help to brand the badge issuer. We want our badges to be desirable, with recipients happy to show them off and in so doing, demonstrating their achievements but also promoting the Jisc RSC Scotland.


I started by considering the kinds of behaviours we wanted to promote. The key behaviours I identified were engagement, attainment, contribution and peer support. The criteria for engaging with many of our services, where appropriate, was already in place so I quickly moved onto considering the look and feel of the badge itself. This was a mistake! I asked colleagues to think about designs for the 90 pixel x 90 pixel badge size, which is I believe, the recommendation set out in the specifications for issuers in the Mozilla Open Badge Infrastructure documentation.


The image needed to be something that would represent us and be easily recognisable as being from us. Some good designs were suggested but the more I thought about them, the more I realised how much graphical information had to be fitted into the small area of the badge, which needed to be consistent across groups or types of badges.

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Harvard Business Review: Four Innovation Trends to Watch in 2013 (including Digital Badges)

From Khan Academy to Coursera to edX to the O'Reilly School of Technology, badges increasingly enjoy consideration as human capital's coin of the the realm for online education. Valid and verifiable accreditation is an exponentially growing challenge for virtual educators — and their students — worldwide. What should it mean to employers that someone has successfully completed a core course in Machine Learning or Hadoop? What does an executive education badge from an Instituto de Empresa, an Insead or Hitotusbashi say about the curricular competences of its holder? What badges will dramatically increase a job candidate's hireability or promotability?


Linked-In endorsements are lovely, but the demand for meaningful and measurable affirmation and accreditation will have profound effects on both higher and executive education. Badging bandwidth will further expand as the IBMs, Accentures, Schlumbergers and professional societies decide that they, too, want to brand the expertise of their training programs and people. Craft unions and other skilled labor organizations also seem destined to bring badging to their memberships. Will badges require successful course completion? Or will be badges be won by passing a demanding array of standardized virtual tests?

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Is it a class, or is it a game? A badging system for mastery in New York City high schools.

Is it a class, or is it a game? A badging system for mastery in New York City high schools. | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
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Sunny Lee: Badges at Mozfest

Sunny Lee: Badges at Mozfest | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
I have survived my first Mozfest.
It was exciting, energizing and exhausting. Having hosted 3 sessions throughout the 2 days; Designing Open Badges in the Wild with colleagues Doug Belshaw and Emily...
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Friday badges wrap up

A quick post to keep folks up to date on what's been going on with Webmaker Badges + a few other things—starting with a quick catch-up post from the previous week. (And yes, I know it's not Friday....
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Catch-Up on YALSA’s Badge Project @ Midwinter

Catch-Up on YALSA’s Badge Project @ Midwinter | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The badges support YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth. We are working on seven badges – one for each competency. Badge earners – who we see as any library staff member that works with teens – will gain skills and knowledge in areas such as marketing, professional learning networks, web-based curation and displays, mobile services, and more. Members of the YALSA community will be able to provide feedback to badge earners as a way to bring in peer mentoring and support.


Badges are a great way to take part in professional development and provide a visual representation of skills and knowledge to employers, potential employers, peers, colleagues, and more. Badge earners will be able to display their badges on websites, blogs, Facebook, resumes, and so on.

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Some Thoughts on Interest-based Pathways to Learning | DMLcentral

Some Thoughts on Interest-based Pathways to Learning | DMLcentral | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
I have a confession to make. It’s a shameful, dark secret that I fear may be common to many adults around the world. And, when I was teaching, it was certainly one that I saw shared by many students I came into contact with.
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Doug Belshaw reflects on interest-based pathways to learning and how it they might tie into curriculum, credentials, and community. 

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