Saturday, 14 January 2017

Open Badges

As a Trust we've been on a bit of a journey with Open Badges, dating back to this work with Cred.ly at Eastfield Academy we did in 2013. Open Badges is an idea that promises so much but many of the tools available fall short of being easy for staff and students to use, integrating into our single-sign on (I would so love Microsoft or Google to add an Open Badges tool to their stack) or truly open.

After some careful looking around we now have a service to launch, at awards.dret.cloud.

The system is based on Open Badge Factory and whilst it isn't perfect by any means covers the side of designing and issuing badges to people brilliantly. It would be great to have a simple, suitable tool like Mozilla Backpack that was open to children below the age of 13, was ridiculously simple to use (accept badges, publish badges, the end) that worked with Google ID or 365, but we've had to settle on what is out there rather than what we wish someone would market.

Initially we're piloting the system for staff with a focus on eLearning related awards for the people on the Star Classroom programme, to recognise some of the skills and experiences they have, but we expect to extend it further very quickly.

This video shows the process of receiving an award from the member of staff's point of view - illustrating both how good the system is, and how there is still plenty of room for innovation and improvement in this area.




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