Mozilla and the world of Badges May 1, 2011Posted by reto wettach in gamification, making the invisible visible, social computing.
André Knörig, who is project lead of our research project “Experience the Energy“, pointed me to an interesting development related to badges: Mozilla and Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) is trying to establish and open system for badges called OpenBadges:
We’re building an open platform that will enable anyone to issue, collect and display badges. Providing learners with new ways to get public recognition for their skills and achievements.
Here a diagram explaining the system:
Here an interesting section from the FAQs:
Why do we need badges?
- In today’s world, learning happens everywhere. With multiple pathways for learners to gain competencies and skills.
- Learning opportunities have grown to include multiple contexts, experiences and interactions. And have become more social, informal, participatory, creative and lifelong.
- What’s missing is the public recognition of these competencies and skills. It’s often difficult to get credit or recognition for these new forms of learning.
- A badge system can fill this gap. Providing the critical missing piece for the web and other new learning environments to realize their full potential.
- Traditional educational institutions (e.g., x, y or z)
- Communities of practice (e.g., open education projects, peer learners, or the individual learners themselves)
- After-school programs and learning networks.
- Online courses and open courseware initiatives.