How Can You Use Open Badges?

How Can You Use Open Badges?

Open badges or digital badges are used around the world by organisations in many different ways.

Over the years we've enjoyed working with and supporting hundreds of organisations with Open Badges initiatives (see how other organisations are using them in our infographic on 'How Organisations Around the World use Open Badges') but for those who are not sure what Open Badges are or how they can be used, we often get asked - what can you do with the badges you receive? Openbadges.me provides organisations with a platform to create digital badges for individuals to earn - letting recipients build their own unique collection of achievements that can be stored and shared digitally.

Every badge you earn will be testament of the skills your have - all of which can be viewed by other people. These other people may include prospective employers, social media followers, recruiters, colleagues, and more.

Where to share?

So, you’ve just got a shiny new badge for producing some excellent work. What's next? Your next move is to share your badge with the world. You can share your badge on blogs, websites, ePortfolios (such as Myshowcase.me), social media channels, on your CV or job applications.

Let's look at an example - let's say you run a blog on graphic design. You could boost your credibility with readers by publishing digital badges you have received from completed graphic design courses. Sharing your credentials in the context of your blog content would then build trust among your readers.

Why you should share your badges

Sharing Open Badges

Open Badges allows you to demonstrate more than just a pass or fail on a course, a certain grade achieved or milestone reached. Digital badges can also be used to recognise development in soft skills as well as hard skills, such as communication, initiative, team-work and more.

An Open Badge is not just a digital image of a badge, it also contains vital information which demonstrates what a badge recipient has done to achieve the badge, as well as information on who the badge was issued by. All information contained within the Open Badge adds to its credibility, its authenticity and share-ability.

For example, during a job application, an employer may identify an Open Badge as the one thing that separates you from other candidates. With ever increasing skills gaps in numerous job markets, using digital badges to demonstrate your skills is an excellent way of setting yourself apart.

You’ll never lose this backpack

Open Badges Backpack

Openbadges.me provides everyone who receives a free backpack, they don't even need to have an account (sign up for your free badge backpack). The backpack lets you store all your badges in one place, even if the badges are from different organisations.

However you choose to share your Open Badges, the Openbadges.me backpack will always be available on your personal account. You can use both a single email address or multiple email addresses, ideal if you receive badges from multiple sources. You may have a work email address, a university email address, and a personal email address attached to one account. As most universities delete student email addresses a year after graduation, this is especially useful when you no longer have access to your student email address.

For example, you complete a learning module in game design and receive a digital badge. You then complete another online course in software coding from a different organisation and receive another digital badge. Even though you have now received two badges from totally different organisations, the backpack lets you share both, together in one place. You may be a student now, but one day you will begin working full-time (don't worry, it's not that bad).

All those badges you earn whilst at university, school or college will still be available to you in your backpack, so nothing is lost. Your achievements will be there forever.

*Credit to Bryan M Mathers (@bryanMMathers and bryanmmathers.com) for "I am more than just my grades" imagery.