Open Badges are designed to be very easy to use: anybody who can use Facebook might see them as a much more powerful tool for self-promotion than a traditional exam certificate
York, North Yorkshire (PRWEB UK) 13 October 2012
An information site is now available which allows anybody who has read the new White Paper to earn a badge - “Open Badge Awareness” - and experience the technology in action.
Open Badges are designed as an easy, web-friendly way for individuals to display their achievements, skills and knowledge to potential employers, centres of learning admission tutors, and other interested parties.
Organisations using MyKnowledgeMap’s tools would, in the future, be able to automatically award Open Badges to people who meet a pre-defined quality standard when they take an online or mobile assessment.
Employers and others who view the badge can then click the icon to securely verify who issued the badge and what criteria the person displaying it has met.
Topics discussed in the white paper include:
- how the new technology works
- what the opportunities are for educators, employers, legislators, and standards setting bodies
- potential for use in assessment systems, ePortfolios, national skills infrastructures, online learning and capability management
The white paper and badge awareness site can be found at the following address:
Dave Waller, Product Manager at MyKnowledgeMap and author of the white paper, said:
“Open Badges are designed to be very easy to use: anybody who can use Facebook might see them as a much more powerful tool for self-promotion than a traditional exam certificate. For employers, they offer much more than a certificate: information about the actual skills and knowledge that a student has demonstrated will only be a click away. This is an improvement on the current qualifications climate, where it can be difficult to understand and keep track of what a qualification actually means an individual can do.”
“For learners and people developing their professional skills, the ability to present development activities in a compelling, visual way makes it easier to reflect on what you’ve done, see where you are, and plan where you want to go.”