“Badges can help engage students in learning and broaden the avenues for learners of all ages.”
— Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education

Working Groups

Working Groups are a way for you or your organization to connect with others working on similar badging initiatives, find the best resources to support your work, and contribute to the overall growth of the ecosystem. Click on the links below to find out more about the current Working Groups.

  • small-educators
  • small-highered
  • small-cities
  • small-digitalliteracy
  • small-endorsement
  • small-globalization
  • small-openbadgesstandard
  • small-infrastructure
  • small-messaging
  • small-research
  • small-workforce

Upcoming Events


This group will explore ways to talk consistently and effectively about badges to different audiences. From looking at the preferred vocabulary of various fields and... More »


This group will focus on ways to connect badges to granular recognition for educators who innovate and pursue continued professional development. Initiatives like Connected Educators... More »

Open Badge Standard

This group is focused on shaping the evolution of the open badge standard. To date, the standard has been a series of technical specifications. The goal... More »

General Community Project Call

The open badges community project calls provide a place for our team and community members to showcase their work, share lessons learned, and gather feedback from the wider... More »

Badge Alliance Blog

July 8, 2014

July 8 Webinar: Building Trust in Connected Learning Environments

Why Does Trust Matter in Connected Learning Environments? Tuesday, July 8, 2014 @ 11am PDT / 2pm EDT / 7pm BST We are happy to announce that HASTAC and the MacArthur Foundation are hosting a webinar tomorrow about trust in connected learning environments, a topic that gets right to the heart of a healthy badge ecosystem. They even have some famous badge people joining them, including our very own Carla Casilli and Nichole Pinkard, as well as Barry Joseph! ------------------------------------ Interested in thinking how technology, policies, and practices could build more trusted learning environments? Join HASTAC / MacArthur Foundation to discuss Building Trust in Connected Learning  More »

June 26, 2014

10 Million Better Futures Through Open Badges Commitment Made at CGI America 2014

10 Million Better Futures to scale up existing badge ecosystem to a global level to benefit 10 million workers and students by 2016. Yesterday the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the Badge Alliance, announced a new Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, to further increase access to opportunities in education and the workforce using open badges – digital credentials for knowledge and skills – to improve the futures of 10 million students and workers worldwide. “Open Badges is an exciting new way to recognize and capture learning wherever it happens — in school, in the community or  More »

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