What is a Digital Badge?
A digital badge is an online representation of a skill someone earned. Mozilla's Open Badges take that concept one step further, allowing a person's skills, interests and achievements to be verified through credible issuers. And since the platform is based on an open standard, a person can combine and collect badges from different organizations to tell the complete story of his/her achievements - both online and off.
Why use Digital Badges?
- Get recognition for the things people learn. Provide a way to capture skills and achievements and helps make them count towards job opportunities and lifelong learning.
- Verify skills. Employers, organizations and schools can explore the data behind every badge issued to verify individuals' skills and competencies.
- Discover and explore different skills and challenges. Provide a way to encourage people to learn new and demanding skills, and then connecting those skills to a learning pathway or career.
"Digital badges are making anytime, anywhere learning a reality for learners of all ages who want to pursue their interests with tangible results in real time. Badges bridge the divide between formal and informal education, and they have the power to transform competency-based learning and hiring practices."
~Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia.
Mozzilla's Digital Badge Platform
Mozilla has developed a free online storage system (called Backpack) to collect and manage Open Badges from different issuers. In addition, Mozilla is developing a web-based platform, called BadgeKit, that is simple and flexible for organizations to customize and implement Open Badges into their environment. The kit will allow organizations to visually design their badges, define the information behind them, establish assessment guidelines, and issue the badges once the criteria is met.
ERC is currently developing implementation of the Mozilla Badging Platform in pre-service professional development programs, in school districts seeking alternative assessment systems to grades, and in informal education programs/ogranizations.