OPEN BADGES AND ALTERNATIVE CREDENTIALING
Download print version Oct 24 2017 Authors: Betty Hurley
DOI: 10.1615/IntJInnovOnlineEdu.2017021576

While badges have existed for many years, open digital badges are relatively new. The open badge became more prominent with the Mozilla digital badge project which began in 2011. Open badges are far more than a single image; they include information about criteria as well as the individual's documentation "baked" into the badge. These open badges have the potential to revolutionize how learning is credentialed. Although documenting learning in many different formats, the badges themselves are fully online and therefore possess all the advantages of a fully online presence. In this article, further detail about open badges as well as examples will be given. In addition, the potential and future of open badges will be discussed.

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