Open Badges (Contemporary Approaches to Teaching workshop)

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Published on March 14, 2014

Author: IanGlover2



Short overview of Open Badges for a 15 minute workshop. Part of the Contemporary Approaches to Teaching event at Sheffield Hallam University on 10th December 2013

Open Badges Dr. Ian Glover Technology Enhanced Learning Team

What is a Badge? Visual representation of achievement, experience, affiliation and/or interest - ideally distinctive and understood within a community. Some examples:

What are 'Open Badges'?  Electronic (online) badges  Link to criteria and evidence for award  Have the credibility of the awarding body  Share 'badge clusters' from multiple sources with others on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.  Provide security and verification  can check whether a person was actually awarded a specific badge

What's the use in HE? Surface the learning 'hidden' in a transcript Encourage students to undertake co- and extra-curricular activities  Recognise informal learning Motivate students to complete formative work Enables students to differentiate themselves from classmates

How could YOU use them?

Think about Badges in your context Are there skills that students use and develop? Do you have extra-curricular activities to encourage? Do you want to draw links between learning and skills demanded by employers/professional bodies? Are there formative activities that you want students to complete?

Any ideas?

Places to earn/display Open Badges  'Educational' platforms introducing badges:  Moodle  Blackboard  Mahara  PebblePad  Wordpress  Drupal  Central, common 'backpack' (

Getting started  Image creation  (  Online Badge Maker (  Badge creation and issuing  (  All-in-one systems  Credly (  Mozilla BadgeKit ( - April 2014

Demonstration Creating a badge with Credly

Claim a Reward for Contributing  Go to and enter claim code '7aunyp'  or, Scan:  (You'll need a Mozilla Backpack, though)

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