Main outcomes

Open Badges Ecosystem & Pathways

We have used Open badges to motivate people. The competence profiles defined in the project have their own accreditation pathways and have been totally integrated on the online assessment platform, issuing the required badges through the assessment tool.

Badges can build upon each other, joining together to tell the full story of a learner's skills and achievement. With Open Badges, every badge is full of information. Each one has data built in that links back to the issuer, the criteria it was issued under, and evidence verifying the credential. Open Badges enables learners to take their badges everywhere with them. Users now have an easy and comprehensive way to collect their badges in a single backpack, and display their skills and achievements on social networking profiles, job sites, their websites and more.

Open Badges provide the perfect opportunity to accredit learners' learning via non-standard means. The importance of making visible and valuing learning that takes place outside formal education and training institutions is increasing.

In Badge system design we selected what kind of learning is valued, how that learning is assessed and recognized, and how (and whether or not) learners are motivated to participate. Values can also be enacted by specific design principles. For example, designing the badges in order to have external value to employers. Value was also embodied in badges by aligning them to standards or formal academic credit, or in systems that involved expert assessment. Although the badges can be used to support a structured teaching sequence, they can be produced with the idea of providing independent learning opportunities for learners. We thought carefully about values throughout the development process, and where possible, let the system be guided by values relevant to the learners, the organization developing the system, and important stakeholders willing to be involved in the wider trust network.

We have designed it focused on employment and digital competences at European level, how implement credentials to verify what they know and can do (skills, abilities and knowledge acquired) and how to display expertise and abilities gained in ways that employers find relevant.

Main activities carried out in the project:

  • Internal helpdesk research on good practices establishing Open Badges Ecosystems focusing on:

    • Identify which organizations and partners can participate in trust networks (Open Badges Ecosystems) where value is negotiated with organizations willing to recognize the badges issued and establish it.

    • Establish a network of experts in specific skill areas involved in assessing and recognizing the learning.

    • Effort to build acceptance and demand among employers.

  • Designing and development of the Open Badges Ecosystem:

    • Competency definition, Validation, Verification and Authentication.

    • Main stakeholders: learning providers, job seekers and employers.

    • Development of the mechanisms necessary for the management of the badges issued.

  • Recognition Pathways Design:

    • Design and development of the recognition pathways for the profiles based on the DIGCOMP framework and Mozilla Open Badges ecosystem defined.

    • Some theories hold that learning happens better when it's scaffolded through credentials. Design of the badges, criteria, evidences, issuers and relevant information