The Mozilla Open Badges, an initiative launched by the Mozilla Foundation in September 2011, provides a response to the needs for the recognition (formal and informal) of learning (formal and informal). Open Badges are portable and verifiable, allowing learners to showcase work, document skill sets and competences, and create a robust portrait of their abilities wherever they were acquired: whether in school, in the community, on the job or online. Millions of badges have already been delivered and the initiative has received the support from leading organisations in the field of education, business, policy and citizenship.
The aims and objectives of the Open Badge Network (OBN) are to exploit the benefits of Open Badges to:
- create the conditions for a Europe-wide and world-wide recognition of learning achievements;
- open and facilitate the systematic access to the recognition of non-formal and informal learning;
- place formal and informal recognition of learning on a par;
- create new employment and learning opportunities for all; and
- bring a European contribution to the leadership of the world-wide Open Badge movement.
BEU will be developing a network of organisations and practitioners to:
- Promote the use of Open Badges for the recognition of learning;
- Develop Open Badge initiatives at institutional/local/city/regional/national levels (e.g. Cities of Learning, developing the example of Chicago Summer of Learning – http://explorechi.org);
- Promote Open Badges at policy levels;
- Develop innovative practices in learning and employment; and
- Make recommendations and implement improvements to the Open Badge Infrastructure, technologies and services.
Beuth-Hochschule fuer Technik Berlin (Germany) Project Coordinator
Cambridge Professional Development (UK)
Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (The Netherlands)
Radom Institute (Poland)