Were you or are you a member of the Scouts, Brownies or Girl Guides? If so then you’ll be familiar with earning badges and displaying your badges onto your sleeve to show your achievements.
Digital badges are exactly the same, they recognize a series of achievements and you can display them on-line, on your cv, or share them on your social networks. You can even have physical badges embroidered if you wanted to stitch them to your clothes.
What are Open Badges?
Open Badges are digital indicators of skills. They can be used to recognise skills learned anywhere. They are not just a pretty picture, they contain rich metadata, coded into the badge image-file, such as who issued the badge and the criteria for awarding it.
Badges could be for “hard skills” such as being able to program in HTML or for “soft skills” like collaboration or “new skills” like writing a blog post or using social media and Web 2.0.
They can be issued by anyone; professional bodies, employers, community organizations, youth groups, schools, universities, MOOCs, and even your neighbours.
To earn our badges you’ll need to download our app and create an account.