This section will help you demonstrate ways in which Open Badges could work in your context.
One of the most salient features of the Open Badges ecosystem is that it’s extremely contextual. That is to say, because anyone can issue a badge for anything, both existing structures and emerging ones can be represented equally.
For example, an educational establishment such as a university may decide to issue Open Badges for each module an undergraduate completes. This, in effect, is maintaining the status quo: the university simply recognises what is already happening. There are many advantages in this approach:
Continuing with the university example, there are new things that can be done with badges that were previously not possible. Societies, clubs, and organisations employing students can issue Open Badges that can be displayed alongside an individual’s academic credentials. This paints a much more holistic picture of the learner. For example:
Open Badges are not all about job opportunities, but it is easy to see that in the above example that issuing badges can be useful in both existing and new contexts.
As the Badge Alliance states, use of the Open Badges ecosystem leads a number of real, tangible benefits for both your organisation and your users/learners:
In addition to this, and as mentioned above, there are specific examples where Open Badges would be extremely useful to organisations. Here are just a few examples:
The opposite of an open ecosystem is a series of closed silos. Ultimately, issuing credentials that can be used elsewhere on the web is a competitive advantage. In the same way that YouTube grew because it allowed videos to be embedded anywhere on the web, so Open Badges issued by your organisation point back to you no matter where an individual chooses to display them.
As adopters of Open Source software have discovered, working openly comes with a number of advantages. These include being able to focus on users and learners rather than the technical side of implementation. Development can be inspired by, or even carried out by, other members of the community. Also, using technology being used by many organisations means that you stand ‘on the shoulder of giants’ to gain deeper brand awareness than you otherwise may have gathered.
Why not help improve the course? Click here