Badge Alliance Blog

We are now part of IMS Global

In 2016, the Badge Alliance completed its three-year run, successfully having brought Open Badges out of their early incubation phase within the Mozilla Foundation and having helped organize a transition to the next level, as a growing international web standard within IMS Global Learning Consortium. Blog posts that capture this journey are available on the Open Badges publication on Medium.

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  • January 2, 2017

The Badge Alliance at MozFest

By Jade Forester At this year’s MozFest, the Badge Alliance was represented by three team members—Carla Casilli led a research-focused session and held office hours throughout the festival weekend, and Sunny Lee and I sat down with a group of attendees to dig into this year’s accomplishments and start to look at areas in need of attention in the coming year. We used the Cycle 1 Working Groups as a starting point, focusing on each to identify gaps still to be filled in key areas of both the infrastructure that supports Open Badges and the growing ecosystem that expands adoption of badges. Upon our return from MozFest, we brought our notes from this group exercise to the Community Call, inviting attendees to add their thoughts. These conversations helped clarify the most critical issues facing the open badges community as we continue to push this work forward. Here’s what we found: Employers will be the key to widespread adoption Workers need jobs. Employers need talent. Badges can help workers showcase their full skill sets and allow employers to identify candidates with the right qualifications and competencies. This has been part of the Open Badges narrative since day one, and as we  More »

  • By jade
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  • December 2, 2014

Badge Alliance Badges are here!

The Badge Alliance is pleased to announce the first set of open badges designed to recognize the diligent work and meaningful contributions that Working Group members have made to the global open badges movement throughout Cycle 1. We're excited to say that all of the email notifications for these badges have been sent and that these badges are beginning to be claimed by their earners. If, after reading the badge descriptions and criteria below, you believe that you are eligible for one or more of these badges and you haven't heard from us, email badges@badgealliance.org to let us know which badge(s) you have earned. Please include the criteria you've met, as well as any evidence supporting your application. Thank you! ****************************************************************************** Badge Alliance Community Member   This badge acknowledges general membership in the Open Badges community and participation ranging from activity in the Google group to joining weekly community calls.   Criteria: The Community Member illustrates conceptual fortitude by signing up for at least one of the mailing lists to interact with the Open Badges community.   Potential Evidence: Subscribes to one or more Working Group mailing list or the Open Badges Community Group Interacts with the Open Badges community  More »

  • By jade
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  • November 21, 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 dynamic Working Groups that collaborate on specific areas and key issues in the badging ecosystem. The Working Groups operate on a six-month cycle, encouraging highly focused, engaged work toward both short- and long-term goals. We kicked off Cycle 1 in March with an initial 10 Working Groups, adding three more later in the cycle. These Working Groups were led by network members who worked in conjunction with other community volunteers to continue to build diverse and robust communities related to their topic areas with the ultimate goal of delivering valid and important work that benefited the entire ecosystem—which they delivered  More »

  • By jade
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  • October 16, 2014