All about badges

(in 20 minutes or less)

Badges from licensed under Creative Commons

digital badge

an online representation of a skill or achievement

open badges

an open technical standard anyone can use to create, issue, and verify digital badges

Badge Alliance: Why Badges:

Mozilla Open Badges:

Imagine that...

  • your skills and competencies could be captured more granularly across different contexts (formal and informal)
  • evidence of your skills could be collected and associated with your online identity (blogs, eportfolios, websites)
  •  you could discover relevant opportunities and craft your own learning pathways based on your own interests, at your own pace


  • you could present a more complete picture of yourself to key stakeholders: employers, mentors, peers, collaborators



Bull, B. (2014, Sept. 4). 15 Reasons Why People are Using Digital Badges. Retrieved from:

Who's using them?

How do you make them?

What are they made of?

* badge name

* description URL

* badge criteria

* badge image




* issuer

* date

* recipient

* alignment (standards)

* evidence URL

- a digital image

- with metadata "baked" in

Criticisms, challenges...

  • Extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation
  • Gamification skepticism
  • Trust, rigor, validity
  • Trivial, juvenile

Casilli, C. (2012). Mozilla Open Badges: building trust networks, creating value. Retrieved from:


Hickey, D. (2014, Aug. 5). Of Course Alfie Kohn Dislikes Open Digital Badges: Transcending a 40-Year Old Debate. Retrieved from:




  • Value proposition (why earn the badge?)
  • Who is it for?
  • What skills/behaviours does it represent or encourage?
  • Criteria (what do you need to do to earn it?)
  • Evidence (what artefacts or information?)
  • Who awards it?
  • Who endorses or recognizes it?
  • Will it be cumulative or part of a larger badge system?
  • Institutional policy implications?

Mozilla Open Badges Community. Badge System Design:

Digital Me. Badge Canvas.


KPU's Badge Pilot

"I Cite My Sources"

KPU Library Online Plagiarism Tutorials:

Moodle badge link:



Meg Goodine (

Manager, Learning Technology

Institute for Innovation & Scholarship in Teaching & Learning (INSTL)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

For more information about badges, visit the Reconnect Learning website


All about badges (in 20 minutes or less)

By Meg Goodine

All about badges (in 20 minutes or less)

A presentation for the KPU Positive Space Working Group, Sept. 12, 2014

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