Badge Issuing Platforms

From the beginning of the badges work, we designed the Open Badges Infrastructure to encourage and support development throughout the community. This architecture means that many open badges partners have offered to help support you and your organization.

As the badging work has grown, we have encouraged our badge issuing community to curate this list of platforms: http://bit.ly/platform-chart. Below is a list detailing some of the platforms available to support your badge system development and deploymf

Acclaim

Overview:

Acclaim partners with recognized brands to issue badges employers value.

Details:

  • Provides a range of services to allow credential issuers to design, deliver and support recognition for professionals.
  • Connects professionals to learning experiences and career pathways through clear communication and validation of skills.
  • Utilizes robust reporting features to ensure credentials are relevant and well-received in the job market.
  • Backed by Pearson, the world’s leading learning company.
  • See how it works here and sign up here.

Contact:  Clark Porter, Vice President, Pearson VUE

Badgecraft

Overview:

Badgecraft offers a multilingual platform to manage any achievements using Open Badges.

Details:

  • Learning providers can easily set up their badge projects, create and issue Open Badges, assign roles to users (e.g. owner, manager).
  • In progress: Badge issuers can define quest-based criteria, type of evidence and assessment.
  • Badge earners can display, share and download their Open Badges.
  • Trusted partners are constantly adding new languages with the help of integrated translation tools.
  • Features of the platform are developed in close cooperation with learners, learning providers and employers.

Contact:  Nerijus Kriauciunas, CEO & Co-Founder

Badge List

Overview:

Badge List helps you collect and validate learning evidence and award Mozilla Open Badges to your learners, all without setting up servers or software.

Details:

  • Badge List helps you quickly create an online learning group. Within the learning group you build a collection of open badges representing important skills. Each badge can have a custom rubric which defines the evidence required to earn it.
  • Learners are are able to submit learning evidence in a simple blog-like online workspace. You can provide feedback on each piece of evidence they offer. When a badge is awarded, the learning evidence is automatically linked to the Open Badge, helping provide valuable context about the learner’s achievement.
  • Badge List is mobile-device compatible and completely cloud-based, so you don’t have to have a server or setup any software to use the platform. Badge List is free for public groups and small private groups.

Contact:

BadgeOS

Overview:

BadgeOS™ is an operating system for fostering engagement and recognizing achievement. Available as a powerful free plugin to WordPress, BadgeOS lets you easily create, organize and assess activities, reward achievements, and issue badges as participants succeed.

Details:

  • Create and manage a complete constellation of badges and activities, easily defining an unlimited number of achievement types and how they relate to one another.
  • Choose from a quickly growing set of built-in and add-on assessment types and badge and achievement triggers, such as: expert review of submissions; peer nominations; quiz and test score results; verified interaction with third party resources, such as open educational materials; completing a sequence of steps; using claim codes; and other automatic triggers.
  • Extend your system with add-ons for things like rewarding a wide range of community contributions, tracking and analyzing engagement, or integrating with open source learning management systems.
  • Free support available for getting started with BadgeOS, including free webinars on badge system design.

Learn More about free support and benefits available through the special  Badge Alliance / BadgeOS Support Program

Contact: Hope Kandel, Director of Partnerships, BadgeOS

BadgeSafe™ for Canvas LMS

Overview:

BadgeSafe™ for Canvas LMS is a badge issuing application developed with Canvas APIs by Accreditrust. Badges are maintained within the Canvas UI. Users may export their badges to a Mozilla Backpack.

Details:

  • Supports hosted, Canvas.net, FreeForTeachers, and Open Source solutions (Please note: Open Source solutions are required to supply their own Canvas API Key. Only Canvas github builds newer than Aug 2013 are supported.)
  • Fully integrated badge system – issue badges by course, module, and assignment. Independent views for Teachers and Students as well as Administrator controls
  • K-13: Badges are displayed only inside of Canvas; for those over age 13, export badges to Mozilla OBI-compliant systems
    *See how it works and get started here.

Contact: Eric Korb, President & CEO, Accreditrust

Badgr

Overview:

Badgr is an open-source badge issuing, management, and user achievement tracking platform. Hosted accounts are free on badgr.io, and source code is available for free on GitHub.

Details:

  • One account to issue badges, receive them, share them with others and explore the world of Open Badges.
  • Issuers may define and issue Open Badges to students, staff or users. Or use the fast web interface or connect Badgr’s powerful API to your application.
  • Badge recipients may import baked Open Badges from any platform that issues them. Users organize and share collections of Open Badges.
  • Users may check the validity of any Open Badge issued to someone else.

Contact:

Bestr

Overview:

Bestr is a proprietary badge issuing platform developed by CINECA and is the Italian contact point for open badges.

Details:

  • Includes connection to learning resources for given badges and endorsement by employers for badges. Free for learners, a service is offered to employers and training providers to design and issue open badges.
  • Integrates with social media

Contact: Simone Ravaioli, CINECA

Canvabadges

Overview:

Canvabadges let you award badges to students in courses based on their total grade in the course and their completion of course modules. You can also put a manual approval step on as well that requires your final sign-off before they receive the badge.

Details:

  • Put it all together and you’ve got some lightweight course credentials! Badges can be added to a Mozilla Backpack, or you can drop this javascript file in your global Canvas scripts to let users add them to their Canvas profiles.

Contact: Brian Whitmer, Founder of Instructure

Credly

Overview:

Credly is a complete, one-stop platform for recognizing achievement. You and your organization can easily create, issue and manage badges, while earners curate, display, and share them on social and professional networks, the Mozilla Backpack and elsewhere.

Details:

  • An end-to-end credential and badge management system for issuers and recipients alike.
  • Everything you need is in one place. There’s nothing for you to host and no other tools are needed.
  • Issued badges, badge assertions and evidence files are secure and always available to your earners.
  • Features include identity verification, institutional branding, one-click and bulk issuing, and the ability to easily and automatically share badges on social media and personal or professional sites.
  • You can also issue badges via WordPress, Drupal, and other apps and platforms or tap into the  Open Credit API to integrate credentials and Open Badges into your own apps and sites.
  • Publicly available platform for free, plus free webinars and support for badge system design.
  • With a low-cost Credly Pro account, you can also issue badges from popular systems like Eventbrite, Salesforce, and MailChimp.

Create an organizational account to get started.

Contact us for support or free Identity Verification for Badge Alliance members.

Contact:  Jonathan Finkelstein, CEO, Credly

ForAllRubrics

Overview:

ForAllRubrics is the rubric and badging platform for teaching and learning that is free for teachers. Go to the ForAllRubrics blog to read all 13 reasons to use ForAllRubrics as Your Badging Platform

Details:

  • Create, organize, and share basic badges with your communities, or explore more advanced badge design options for standards alignment and for self- and peer-issued badges. System administrators can easily manage learners and their badges.
  • ForAllRubrics can support your efforts to build a badge system for your communities or a badge platform for your organization.
  • ForAllRubrics includes iOS and Android apps for issuing badges offline, and is free for teachers, with other paid options for school and district administrators.

Contact: Karen Jeffrey, Founder & President, ForAllRubrics

Makewaves

Overview:

Makewaves is the social learning environment that provides social media for education. Young people can take part in fun learning missions created by high profile partners and earn badges and rewards for their work.

Details:

  • Makewaves for Schools: a simple and safe solution for schools wishing to create and manage open badges across a school campus. Makewaves for Schools enables teachers to create and share badges with groups, track progress, award badges, and celebrate achievement at scale. Students can browse a public badge library and direct their own learning. Organizations can use Makewaves to reach out to thousands of schools with their own badge programmes, enabling them to run competitions, measure impact and showcase student work.
  • Makewaves Custom: integrate OpenBadges into your website or develop your own Open Badge community. Working alongside DigitalMe, Makewaves can help to define a badge strategy and support its roll out within your organization. The communities we build draw on functionality from within Makewaves or BadgeKit. Makewaves Custom offers a flexible and scalable solution based on your organization’s short and long term badging strategy.
  • Free version includes training and support for any school – create 3 badges and issue unlimited badges from other educators at makewav.es/join. For platform builds used by WWF, Trinity College London and others, see makewav.es/openbadges.

Contact: Mark Riches, CEO & Co-Founder, Makewaves

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS)

Overview:

These two firms NOCTI and NBS utilize the same badging foundation but serve two different customer groups. NOCTI provides a customized platform along with guidance and consulting services for the implementation of badging projects of any scale. Our particular niche is workplace learning, assessment, and industry credentialing. We provide psychometric, development, graphic design, assessment and badge delivery, and consulting services tailored to meet your needs. We believe that technical competence and digital badging go hand-in-hand and we provide individuals the capability to share their competencies on social and professional networks, the Mozilla Backpack, or on his/her individual resume.

NBS provides a customized platform along with guidance and consulting services for the implementation of badging projects of any scale. Our particular niche is employee assessment and recognition, trade association credentialing and prior learning assessment. Like our sister company, NOCTI, NBS provides psychometric, development, graphic design, assessment and badge delivery and consulting services tailored to meet your needs. We believe that technical competence and digital badging go hand in hand and we give individuals the capability to share their competencies on social and professional networks, the Mozilla Backpack, or on his/her individual resume.

Details:

  • Overall consultation regarding badging benefits and alignment to company, association or institutional desires/needsTailored contracts to fulfill identified needs
  • Availability of the following services as needed:
    • Design or development of assessment rubricsStandards development assistance
    • Validation and/or metadata assistance (national, statewide, local)
    • Custom graphic assistance (commercial artist on staff)
    • Secure and reliable hosting of badges, assertions, and evidence
    • Individual account establishment
    • Badge analytics
    • External integration using a secure API
  • Cross-browser compatibility
  • Hosting of existing badges

Read our articles on the promise of digital badging (pdf) and the practicality of digital badging (pdf).

Contact us for a no-obligation discussion of your needs or for a list of current clients.

Contact: John Foster, CEO, NOCTI

Open Badge Factory

Overview:

Open Badge Factory (OBF) is a cloud service developed and hosted by Discendum, a Finnish eLearning service provider.

Details:

  • OBF offers organizations a flexible and secure platform for designing, creating, managing and issuing their own badges. It also offers an extensive reporting system so organizations can monitor how their badges are being used.
  • Current features include: milestone badges; evidence uploads to OBF server; user role management (admin, creator, issuer); simple badge creation and issuing interface; integration with Moodle, Mahara and TotaraLMS as well as open API for third-party plugins; extensive reporting features.
  • Features coming soon: multilingual badges; community features including badge sharing and endorsement.
  • During the piloting phase (until December 2014), all features are free of charge. After this time, there will be a free option as well as two level of paid services available.

Contact: Eric Rousselle, CEO, Discendum Inc.

Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU)

Overview:

P2PU Badges are free, open, and community-driven. Our community features Badges from Mozilla, Wikimedia, Creative Commons and the National Writing Project.

Details:

  • Peers identify skills, give each other long-form feedback on projects, and iterate to improve in the open. Learners can share their badges on Twitter, Google+, and embed the badge as an iframe.
  • Feedback and support available from the vibrant P2PU crew.
  • badges.p2pu.org is a free service, but additional assistance and consulting options are available (see contact details below).

Contact: Vanessa Gennarelli, Learning Lead, P2PU

ProExam Vault

Overview:

ProExam Vault provides badge issuers with a flexible, cost-efficient means of creating, issuing, managing and tracking digital badges, and badge earners with an intuitive, powerful platform through which they can claim, manage, and share their digital badges. Open Badge export features will be available in Fall 2015.

Details:

  • Fully optimized for mobile and desktop access.
  • Badge issuers can issue badges via API, bulk upload, or directly to an individual.
  • Badge earners have an unmatched array of options for sharing and displaying digital badges via email, social media, and professional sites.
  • Robust analytics give badge issuers critical insight into the behaviors and preferences of both badge earners and badge consumers.
  • The publicly accessible badge verification page updates automatically to reflect changes in a digital badge’s status (i.e. valid vs. expired).
  • Hiring organizations can validate the authenticity of a digital badge as well as the badge earner’s identity against a unique identifier (such as a certification or license number).
  • See how it works here.

Contact: Martin Brutosky, Vice President, ProExam Technology

RedCritter

Overview:

RedCritter is a comprehensive recognition platform promoting employee and/or student engagement through the use of powerful game mechanics including: badges, certifications, skill tracking, virtual currency, leaderboards and more.

Details:

  • Free customizable and graphically rich profiles for showcasing achievements.
  • Free mobile apps for viewing and issuing achievements for all mobile operating systems.
  • Robust administrative options to create, customize, and configure recognition tools.
  • Streamlined teacher solution to enable quick and easy recognition of students and easy integration with Google Classroom and Office 365.
  • Flexible strategies for distribution of achievements including NFC, voice recognition, automation with existing systems, mobile and more.
  • Instant provisioning and free 30 day trial for all plans.
  • Advanced analytics and reporting.
  • Trusted by Fortune 100 companies and teachers across the world.

Learn more about our Teacher solution by visiting redcritterteacher.com and our Enterprise solution at redcritterconnecter.com.

Contact: Dan Hoffman, Director of Business Development, RedCritter

Remix Learning

Overview:

Remix Learning provides an easy-to-use, customizable cloud-based social learning network for primary and secondary education, that can be quickly and affordably implemented in schools and after-school programs.

Details:

  • Schools, organizations and communities can easily setup and customize their own social learning networks.
  • A fun, accessible, social platform with a straightforward user and content management system.
  • Free for K-12 non-profit up to 25 students as part of a public badging and challenge platform. Paid option available for private badging and challenge platforms, larger non-profits, post-secondary, and for-profit organizations.

Contact: Dr. Nichole Pinkard, Chairman & Chief Scientist, Remix Learning

Youtopia

Overview:

Youtopia allows you to build a custom solution for your communities. Whether you’re a school, greek organization, non-profit, or business, you can customize Youtopia to fit your needs with our help along the way.

Details:

  • Create activities that align with your curriculum goals, including Common Core State Standards. Set goals and build badges to easily evaluate engagement, track progress and recognize achievement. Build custom reports that seamlessly connect with your student information system. Enabling data driven decisions at the classroom, school and district level.
  • Other services offered by Youtopia include: badge system design consulting, professional development, LMS/SIS integration and live support.
  • Freemium and Premium offerings for any size class, school, non-profit, or after school program.

Contact: Simeon Schnapper, CEO, Youtopia