What’s an Open Badge?
Open Badges are verifiable, portable digital badges with embedded metadata about skills and achievements. They comply with the Open Badges Specification and are shareable across the web.
Each Open Badge is associated with an image and information about the badge, its recipient, the issuer, and any supporting evidence. All this information may be packaged within a badge image file that can be displayed via online CVs and social networks. Thousands of organizations across the world issue badges in accordance with the Open Badges Specification, from non-profits to major employers to educational institutions at all levels.
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What do Open Badges mean?
Badges may represent many different types of achievements and claims:
- Hard skills such as proficiency in a programming language
- Soft skills like collaboration
- Official certification
- Community involvement
- New skills and literacies not recognized by traditional education providers
Because the system is based on an open standard, recipients can combine multiple badges from different Issuers to tell the complete story of their verifiable achievements—both online and off. Open Badges can be displayed wherever recipients want them on the web, including on social media profiles and through services that store and display badges. Badges can be shared for employment, education, or lifelong learning.
Anyone can Issue a badge, receive one, verify that a badge is real, or inspect the metadata and any associated evidence. Badge issuers can certify that their badges are technically compliant with the specification and therefore, can be readily moved among Backpacks and display sites. Badges can be used to set goals, motivate behaviors, connect learning environments, and communicate achievements across many contexts.
Earn Open Badges By earning Open Badges you can organize and share your skills across the web in a dynamic portable way, to unlock opportunities in life and work.
Issue Over 3,000 organizations already issue Open Badges to nurture talent, build capability and recognise achievement, providing direct connections between earners and issuers. See also: Developer’s guide to issuing badges.
Display When an Open Badge is shared the data held within the badge image is displayed. This data rich evidence can be shared across the web, telling the full story of an individual’s achievements.
Understand badge awards Organizations use Open Badges to provide agile recognition of skills they value, to inform decisions around recruitment, retention and progression.
Design Organizations communicate and capture skills that matter to them, through the design of their Open badges. Well designed badges can add value to existing programs and deepen engagement with organizations.
Specification Find out more about the Open Badges Specification and how you can use it to build open badges into your own platforms