Build Your Own
Check out Doug Belshaw's blog post, "How to Make #OpenBadges work for you and your organisation"
P2PU.org has a number of courses geared toward helping those interested in launching their own badge program and they are building more! Below is my recommendation on a learning continuum for new badgers.
School of Badges
- Badges 101 - What are Open Badges?
- Badges 102 - Quick Issuing
- Badges 201 - Earn Badges, Display Badges (DRAFT)
- Badges 301 - Badge System Design
- P2PU Badge Maker - specific to making badges for P2PU courses but is a good framework for moving from learning and earning your own badges and to building and issuing your very own for YOUR learners!
Cut to the Chase
If you don't have the time or the know-how to build your own badge, check out these badge issuing apps!
- badg.us (currently an open-source project)
- badgestack.com (a premium/fee-based service)
- ForAllBadges (currently a free service)
- BadgeOS (A plugin for the WordPress web authoring engine)
- WPBadger (A plugin for the WordPress web authoring engine)
- Cred.ly - " the universal way to recognize, store and share life’s achievements."
- Makewav.es - "Makewaves is the social learning environment that provides social media for education. It enables schools to create and safely share videos, podcasts and blogs. With a free Makewaves website you can easily start school blogging, join national campaigns and develop digital literacy skills."
Let's say I'm running a workshop on video game design & development. There are a number of different areas in video game design & development that a student could choose to pursue: artist, sound editor, designer, programmer, tester, story writer, marketer, etc. I could create badges with competencies for each of these areas and award these to students as they progress through the course. Each student can rise to their own potential and be recognized for their unique skill sets. Badges can also serve to reward micro-achievements and can give learners a visual depiction of their progress through a class based on standards rather than the more abstract curricular content mentioned in course descriptions.