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Open Badges empower earners to develop areas of interest and curiosity, showcasing skills and abilities.

More and more classrooms are embracing personalized learning strategies in ways that leverage technology and honor learning as it happens. 

Open Badges offer a solution to do this with validity and transparency.


A number of trends in education point to Open Badges for verifiable evidence of attainment:

  • MICROCREDENTIALS: Open Badges can be awarded for completion of smaller units of study, often stackable towards a certificate or degree. 

  • STUDENTS AS CHANGE AGENTS: Open Badges empower students to choose areas of interest and clarify their new skills as they master them. With these skills, they can make changes more confidently and assertively.

  • GAMIFICATION: Open Badges are an example of game mechanics that give earners a sense of winning, competition, and accomplishment as they learn and apply new skills.

Open Badges give earners and learners a way to show WHO THEY ARE and WHAT THEY LOVE TO DO. 

  • I am more than just a grade or transcript or test score

  • I want to tell the story of my learning journey.

  • I make time for community work, extracurricular activities, and volunteerism.

  • I am ready to apply my academic skills to my real-world career.


  • K-20 educators that commit to professional growth plans have the ability to choose their learning paths based on the goals, interests, and student dynamics. 
  • More and more professionals understand their unique skill sets and look for professional opportunities that give them the platform to exercise their skills and continue to grow.
  • Incremental celebration and recognition of employee growth in real-time motivate professionals to commit to professional growth goals. 


Skills are currency in the opportunity ecosystem.

Open Badges make learning visible and transferable between institutions, peers, and employers.


  • Employers can confidently discover diverse employee skill sets because Open Badges (when issued properly) clarify skills and present verified evidence of learning through the metadata. 
  • When employers recognize the unique skills of their employees, they make room for targeted growth and increased employee engagement—a desire foundational to new generations of professionals. 
  • Professionals are entering the workforce with piqued curiosity and empowerment due to the Open Badges culture. Industry is tasked to create unique programs and develop certifications that capture new skills and areas of expertise.