Badges for Learning
As the digital age ushers in new possibilities for where and how people learn, digital badges are transforming how we document achievement.
Like the physical badges used for centuries by the military and scouting organizations, digital badges serve as markers of accomplishment. But digital badges created on the Mozilla Foundations Open Badges platform are portable and verifiable, allowing learners to showcase work, document skill sets and competencies, and create a robust portrait of their abilities wherever they were acquired: whether in school, in the community, on the job or online.
Reconnect Learning is an outgrowth of efforts to both research and support the growing badge ecosystem. From the 2011 launch of the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition to the creation of Mozilla’s Open Badges platform, work around badging has intensified in recent years. Led by MacArthur, HASTAC and Mozilla, Reconnect Learning is designed to support and encourage conversation, innovation, research, design and implementation of digital badging.
Ready to learn more about badges – or dive deeper into badge development and design? Choose a starting point below.
Learn more about how badges are transforming learning, assessment and credentialing. Watch a video that was prepared for the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in June 2013, or read the report on digital badges by Mozilla and the Alliance for Excellent Education.Watch the Video > Read the Report >
Mozilla’s open source platform for badges allows users to earn, issue and display badges. You can use the Open Badges free software and open technical standard to create secure, portable, verifiable digital badges.Visit Open Badges >
Cities of Learning
The first City of Learning was launched in Chicago in Summer 2013; major cities nationwide are expanding the initiative in 2014. Public-private partnerships use badges to encourage learning in after-school settings and to prevent summer learning loss.Visit Website >
Badge with Achievery
Make and earn digital badges and credentials with Achievery.Visit Website >
Digital Youth Network
Build a badge with the DYN design framework and curriculum toolkit.View the Framework > View the Toolkit >
WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
Learn about the role badges may play in professional credentialing.Watch videos >
Badges in action
Read case studies that explore successful badge systems implemented by the Chicago Summer of Learning, the Providence After School Alliance and the Young Adult Library Services Association.See Case Studies >
See how a UK nonprofit is using Open Badges.Visit Website >