Open Badges for Training and Professional Development

Part of a collection of pages exploring Open Badges for different audiences with a global perspective, but always looking for examples in Canada.
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Evergreen Presentation

Video: Scottish Social Services Council

Generic video introduction

This short video from Mozilla frames micro-credentialing with Open Badges in a lifelong learning context and connects it to an ambitious Clinton Global Initiative.


Open Badges for PD: LinkedIn

By occupation, in Canada, unless noted.
Scroll to Certifications. Click on the certification title to go to the badge.

DigitalMarketer ***
Given (589) Credly member since April 2015
DigitalMarketer is a community of business owners and marketing professionals seeking the latest research and best practices on driving more traffic, increasing conversion rates, and boosting social engagement.

GRASS Project
Given (198) Credly member since May 2015
The GRASS project develops and uses innovative pedagogical approaches and Open Badges to enable grading and recognition of learners’ soft skills – enthusiasm, positive attitude, collaboration, communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, teamwork, networking, managing divergence, leadership, emotional awareness, problem solving, critical thinking, confidence to be different, differentiation of contributions, exploration, and the like. The project focuses on different educational contexts of the involved partners’ institutions, and helps both the teachers and the learners of different ages to better assess all types of learning outcomes, advantages, and future learning needs. Using Open Badges enables grading of soft skills in formal, non-formal and informal learning settings.

Third Sector (USA) 

Educator PD (USA)

Social Media Marketing Manager (Serbia)
Badges and scanned certificates

Key Resources

Competence is the Best Credential (2015)
Canada West Foundation skills policy document.
"Employers will need their workforces to gain new skills quickly, and training to competencies is faster, easier and cheaper than ‘going back to school’ to earn a new credential."

Certifying Skills and Knowledge: Four Scenarios on the Future of Credentials (2015)
Foresight study on potential pathways for the shifting ground of credentials.


Some of Don's Badges: Open Badge Community Supporter

International Bibliography


Other Useful Resources: Open Badges as Certification

(some overlap with the above)

The Potential and Value of Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners
White paper by American Institutes for Research (AIR) (Finkelstein, Knight & Manning), funded by the U.S.Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).
"Digital badges can be offered more often and for more granular purposes or topics than material badges or certificates. Moreover, the technology for issuing badges is available to anyone with access to the Web, increasing the likelihood that traditionally non-degree-granting groups will give credit to those who meet their standards."

What Counts as Learning
Useful review of current literature and research on Open Badges by Sheryl Grant, published on the DML Hub 2014

The Promise of Digital Badges for Career and Technical Education
Article by the Director of NOCTI, which delivers a battery of assessments or Standardized tests for students studying career and technical programs in high schools and technical colleges in the United States. (source: Wikipedia)

Making a Market for Competency-Based Credentials
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (2013?)
Great overview of the state of practice in the United States and makes a case for doing better. Cites Mozilla Open Badges, US Dept of Labor Competency Models, credential stacking. Some good visuals.

Digital Badges for Professional Development
Veronica Diaz, EDUCAUSE Review Online, 2013
T-Shaped Graduates, Badges as Motivation, Badges for Life Experiences, Badges for Connections

Madison College Impact Initiative
Academic Plan 2014-2107
A exciting vision of the future, including extensive badging of uncredentialed programs in Continuing Education.

"Open Badges Are Unlocking the Emerging Jobs Economy"
White paper by Pearson, intended to promote Acclaim Open Badges.
Infosecurity- ISACA Launches Digital Badges for Credential Verification 
Powered by Acclaim (funded by Pearson)

Digital Badges as part of Credentialing’s Future
White paper by the Professional Exam Service.
Research Brief - ProExam Digital Micro-Credential Market Research (November 2012)
Professional Examination Service - research study of employers cited in white paper above
"ProExam Digital Micro-Credentials were seen as taking “the fluff off the badges” and giving them real meaning....a secure, embedded link that would provide a validation of both the authenticity of the credential as well as its current status."
ProExam Digital Micro-Credential Incorporates Software Secure's Remote Proctoring Technology
News release: "...Building on Mozilla's Open Badge Infrastructure, ProExam Digital Micro-Credentials add psychometric soundness, exacting assessment and one-click secure verification for employers."

Purdue Nursing faculty and students implement Passport
Using Purdue's Passport platform

Ditch the resume and pick up a badge, they're not just for Boy Scouts
2013 Globe and Mail Article

New digital innovation badges recognize outstanding students
George Brown College

SQA investigates opportunities with Mozilla's Open Badges
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is Scotland's national awarding and accreditation body.
Further discussion by Joe Wilson, Head of New Ventures at SQA, in his blog
...Within the national context we believe that Open Badges have the potential to: accredit significant small steps in a learner’s journey from informal learning to formal certification,  offer recognition for the achievement of single competencies and outcomes,  provide recognition for chunks of learning or performance smaller than would normally be recognised in national certification and national credit rating systems and that badges can  be used towards accreditation of prior learning where appropriate.