GENERAL OPEN BADGES
Open Badges are the world's leading format for digital badges. Open Badges are verifiable and shareable, and they contain detailed information about the achievement and what the recipient did to earn the badge.
Open Badges are a flexible and portable way to recognize learning and can sit alongside traditional qualifications and professional accreditation.
Open Badges include information on the organization or individual who issued the badge; the criteria that the badge has been assessed against, evidence, when the badge was issued, a verifiable reference to the recipient and a number of other required an optional properties. Some badges contain links to detailed evidence, expiration dates, searchable tags, and alignments to educational standards or frameworks.
The evidence that the earner submits to achieve the Open Badge can be included in the metadata inside the badge image. If added, it links back to the actual proof of mastery that the earner submitted and the issuer approved.
Potentially, yes. Some LMS platforms natively support Open Badges, while other LMS platforms offer interoperability with specific badge platforms based on partnerships with the badge platforms. For the most current information, contact your LMS or badge system solutions team and ask for further details.
IMS Global Learning Consortium is a non-profit membership organization that develops and manages a variety of educational standards for data interoperability, including the Open Badges standard that was originally developed by the Mozilla Foundation. IMS maintains the standard through its members and input from the broader community, and also tests and certifies products for their conformance to these standards.
IMS manages the Open Badges standard that was originally developed by the Mozilla Foundation. IMS tests and certifies technology products for their adherence to the Open Badges standard. View the current list of products IMS certified for Open Badges.
The impact of Open Badges goes well beyond a standard, as a new form of recognition for knowledge, skills, and abilities. The world of Open Badges includes software companies, educators, NGOs, training and learning organizations. There are many Open Badges solutions used at local, national, and global levels, and a global community of advocates for Open Badges.
Typically, the Issuer will contact the Earner when a badge is awarded via email or other notification. Earners are often prompted to log into the issuing system and claim their badge. There, the earner may download the badge or share it with others. Sometimes badges are delivered as an attached image file that contains the metadata baked as code into the image file. An Earner then logs into the Issuer website and is guided through a flow to claim the badge and potentially send it to other systems such as their preferred backpack, wallet, or portfolio tool.