“Badges give employers a new way to assess critical but hard-to-measure skills.”
— Connie Yowell, Director of Education, MacArthur Foundation

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

Upcoming Events


For those who have been involved with the open badges research calls, this group is the natural evolution of our efforts towards building a research... More »


The focus of the Policy Working Group will be to track and review existing policy, provide guidance and advice on possible research, make policy recommendations... More »

Open Education Conference

Open Educational Resources (OER) provide a massive, high quality open content infrastructure on top of which innovative people and organizations are building a new generation... More »

Badge Alliance Blog

October 16, 2014

Celebrating Our Successes: An Overview of Cycle 1

Four years ago, the idea for an open badging ecosystem was ignited by a small working group at Mozilla Drumbeat (now the Mozilla Festival.) Since then, the Open Badges project has grown into a global movement that presents both incredible opportunities for change and a growing responsibility for collaboration and transparency. At the Summit to Reconnect Learning in February 2014, we announced the Badge Alliance, a network of organizations committed to further developing and growing the open badges ecosystem together. The Badge Alliance (BA) was built around the Constellation Model for Social Change, seating the work in a set of  More »

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 »

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