In this section you’ll earn your first Open Badge and ‘push’ it to a badge backpack.
One of the best ways to learn how Open Badges work is to earn your first badge! In this section you’ll apply for, and hopefully earn, the Open Badge Awareness badge.
To earn this badge, you’ll need to write 250+ words on the following:
You can write these words anywhere on the web - so a blog, a wiki, a Facebook page, anywhere with a public URL. It goes without saying you should use your own words, unless you’re quoting (which doesn’t count towards your 250 words!)
Note that there will be a delay after you’ve submitted your ‘project’ and a human issues you the badge!
What’s a ‘backpack’?
The Mozilla Backpack is a tool for earners to collect, share and display the badges they have been awarded. Earners can import badges into the Mozilla Backpack and issuers can offer to push the badges they award to the Backpack. Once a badge is in the earner’s Mozilla Backpack, they can organize it into groups and control visibility. Public badges are discoverable by badge displayers. (Badge Alliance glossary)
There are generic instructions for how to push badges you earn around the web here, but it’s effectively a three stage process once you’ve been issued the badge via P2PU:
Note: your badge will be private to you until you choose to share it.
Want to share your badge with the world? Follow these steps:
If you’d like to share your badge on LinkedIn, you’ll need the video below:
Now that you’ve been awarded the Open Badge Awareness badge, you have the authority to issue the badge yourself! You’ll receive the occasional email to ask if you can help with this. If you’d rather not, simply unsubscribe from those emails.
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