Disruptive Media Learning Lab
Published on May 24, 2016
Fiona Harvey and Jacqui Speculand: Open Badges
Open Badges are digital representations of skills and knowledge gained and evidenced by individuals. They can be used for formal and informal education, and are particularly suitable for employability and portfolio evidence. Badges earned can be displayed on the earners social media and online profiles. In the past five years, the Open Badges movement has gained momentum and evolved out of its gaming roots and into the mainstream. It is particularly relevant in education, where Open Badges are increasingly being used to recognise skills, learning and achievement. Badges are not an alternative to assessment, but a means of recognising and rewarding extra-curricular activity. They have value and reach beyond the educational environment and their digital nature means that they are portable from one environment to another. In this talk, we will discuss the use of Open Badges in education and work environments and consider the potential for disrupting traditional models of self-presentation and online identities.
Licence: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)