Help us hack Open Badges into eCredentials that work
Help us brainstorm new ways of recognizing learning and achievement in our organizations, institutions and communities. Help build a better environment for lifelong learning and success by working with colleagues from education, public, nonprofit and private sectors.
What if Open Badges were more than gamefied pats on the back, or ad hoc course stickers? What if they were portable and meaningful outside their original context and helped individuals build trust and connections in new environments? What if they helped all kinds of learners make transitions from secondary to post-secondary education, education to employment, or transitions in their careers?
How could we make this work? How could we learn from examples of effective alternative credentialing practices around the world, and adapt those practices here?
Help shape the new digital learning economy and build your professional network.
Current List of Igniters
Short (5 min) inspiring success stories, case studies, works in progress, future use cases...
- Nate Otto, Executive Director, Badge Alliance
- David Porter, CEO, eCampus Ontario
- Patrick Donahoe, Chair, Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA)
- Randy LaBonte, Executive Director, CANeLearn
- Janet Lane, Director, Human Capital Policy Centre, Canada West Foundation
What are Open Badges?
Open Badges are electronic credentials (eCredentials) of skills and achievements. They contain detailed information about how they were obtained, making them transparent and useful. Based on a common digital standard, they can be shared over networks and social media like LinkedIn. They can help individuals build their careers and employers find the skills they need.
Benefits of Open Badges include:
- The ability to recognize lifewide learning: formal, nonformal and informal
- It’s a portable standard, which makes it easy to recognize and integrate external learning certificates
- Self-directed learners can advance at their own pace along their own pathways
- Badge skills frameworks create clear pathways for career development and talent management
- Increased recognition of skills and achievements increases workforce engagement and retention, especially for Millenials
Well over 10 million Open Badges have been issued since they were invented by Mozilla Foundation in 2011. They have been adopted in diverse sectors all around the world: by educational institutions such as Open University, by professional organizations such as the Scottish Social Services Council and by large employers such as IBM and Siemens.
Director, Human Capital Policy Centre
Canada West Foundation
Date and Time
KPU Richmond Campus
8771 Lansdowne Road
Melville Centre for Dialogue (Richmond 2550)
Richmond, BC V6X 3V8