The Basics

  • An open badge is a visual representation of an achievement with embedded metadata that contains further information that can be read by other software applications.

  • The embedded metadata of a badge follows open international standards so that it can be used across different software platforms that understand the standards, transforming your old paper certificates into a powerful new digital currency and enabling those software platforms to verify authenticity.

  • The embedded data within a badge communicates information regarding the identity of issuer, the recipient, the criteria for achievement, sometimes an expiry date and other information in a format that is secure.

  • A badge can also provide a link to the recipient’s evidence relating to the achievement.

  • A set of badges can be conceptually linked together and matched to a framework to create a learning pathway.

  • An individual user can import badges that they have earned elsewhere and build up a collection in their “backpack”. Openbadges.me provides this backpack utility for free for each user together with user functions for formatting how and where badges are displayed.

  • The Open Badge standard was originally developed by the Mozilla Foundation working with the Badge Alliance. (We are an early member of the Badge Alliance). The standard has now been adopted and taken forward by IMS. See www.openbadges.org for more information

  • The Open Badge standard has now been used by thousands of organisations around the world including schools, colleges, universities, vocational training organisations, membership organisations and companies.