by Jake New
"after two years of development, Mozilla has released Open Badges 1.0,free software that allows for a new way to recognize learning: digital badges.
Similar to Boy Scout badges that represent pitching a tent or riding a horse, the digital badges denote specific skills that employers might look for, like community service, social networking, or experience with HTML. Some professors at institutions such as Indiana University at Bloomington and Purdue University have already been experimenting with badges, awarding them to students for class participation or for mastering certain sections of a course..."
More than 600 organizations are already participating in Open Badges