Badge Europe Map

20 initiatives connected - Total Committed/Achieved: 11,020,000/0

.Bestr

- Closing the skill-gap with Open Badges and ePortfolios -

.Bestr is a digital platform matching employers’ requirements with learning opportunities and learners’ aspiration, entirely based on Open Badges.

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Pledge your Support to #BadgeEurope

Two new features have just been recently added to Badge Europe Portal:

Collaborative design of badges

This use case can have an endless number of variations but here is one example where organisations are involved in the badge designing collaborative process.

Open Badges in schools and higher education

Here we are not describing a single use case, but a collection of use cases related to the utilisation of badges in formal learning contexts. We choose to do so because they take place in the same context and are usually used by the same actors.

The use cases described here can be grouped in 4 main categories:

1.    Using badges to make learning visible

Building a portfolio from badges

Earners receive their badges by email and upload them in the Mozilla backpack or receive them automatically in their Open Badges passport, which is an alternative to the Mozilla backpack. In the Open Badges passport issuers store their badges but also other evidences of their learning such as PDF -files, pictures and videos. Earners build simple portfolio pages, where they showcase their learning with the badges they earned. They create text fields in their pages to compose small resumes or to add comments to their badges. Evidences such as links or files can be also added to pages.

Using badges as a way to express social or political statements

Badges are usually seen as a way to capture and display things we learn. This kind of badge is used to communicate that the badge earner agrees and supports the ideas or values expressed by the badge. In this case, the badge earner (traditional terminology), is not really an earner but more a badge claimer or supporter. The badge designer / issuer does not reward him or her, but he or she just wants to get the badge to display it.

Badge application for recognition of prior learning

A badge application is a badge combined with a form. It is published in a web page so that any potential earner can apply for it. The main idea is that a badge is used to display a set of competences and requirements that an applicant should match to get it. The application form can contain question/answer fields, text fields and upload fields for evidences such as files and links.

A badge application can be used by different kind of organisations for different purposes. Here are some examples:

Finding and rewarding skilled administrators

Badges created and managed in one place by issued in several systems

This use case demonstrates how an issuer organisation can manage a quality and consistent badge system in one place and issue its badges in several systems.

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Badge Europe

One of the goals of badge Europe is the delivery, in Europe, of 1 million Open Badges.This will be achieved by creating a large coalition of various stakeholders. The new goal is 10 million better futures!

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Open Badge Passport

Summary

While Open Badges have been described as the “New Currency for Professional Credentials,” the true value of Open Badges is the trust they embed, the trust that badge holders receive from badge issuers.