Open badges – giving is as good as receiving.
One of the less mentioned but absolutely integral aspects of the Open Badges concept is not simply that it rewards learners, or rather ‘earners’ for their ‘non-formal’ learning endeavors, but that it rewards the ‘issuer’ that is the organization or business that creates the course of learning leading to the award of the badge. This…Read More
Using Open Badges to Add Meaning to Descriptor-Based Assessments
One thing that excites me about the Open Badges movement is how is can help to remedy, rather than merely challenge, the paucity of descriptor-based assessment that has been the norm these last twenty years. To ensure this, we need to insist that badges, especially in this early phase, escape becoming merely descriptor-based in themselves….Read More
Towards a litmus test for when to issue an open badge
Please note: This is an abridged version of a previous blog, focussing here purely on the issue of finding a litmus test for open badges. In discussions around the development of an approach to Open Badges the same worries and examples of poor practice that trivialize the value of a badge come up again and…Read More