What is a digital badge?
Digital badges are a way to recognize skills and achievements gained outside of the official school or work setting. Digital badging has gained popularity recently as a key ingredient in online and informal education – it’s a way to inspire learning, certify achievement and validate that you’ve acquired new knowledge or skills. Society for Science & the Public (SSP) and Intel, a longtime SSP sponsor and partner, created this badging platform as part of the Mozilla Open Badges initiative, a new online standard to recognize and verify learning.
Recent coverage of digital badging includes:
• Credentials, the Next Generation, The New York Times
• A future full of badges, The Chronicle of Higher Education
• New Digital Badges Systems Aim to Recognize Learning Outside the Classroom, CommonSenseMedia.org
What can I do with my digital badge?
Treat it as you would any diploma, stellar report card or sports trophy: Show it to people! You can share your badge in the same way you share a webpage: Copy and paste the URL of your badge display page wherever you wish to share it – email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. Because the badge links back to your SSP badging website, people who see it will recognize it as a valid record of your achievement.
Who is receiving badges from SSP and Intel?
Our badging project took a huge step forward in May, 2013, when SSP issued thousands of badges to winners, finalists, judges and volunteers at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2013 (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona. We tested out the system in December 2012 by issuing badges to a select group of finalists at Intel ISEF 2012, as well as a subset of volunteers and judges. In January 2013, we issued more than 3,000 digital badges to verified entrants, semifinalists, finalists, teachers and top winners of the Intel Science Talent Search 2013 (Intel STS) competition to reward their achievements in independent scientific and engineering research. In the spring and summer of 2013 we plan to issue badges to participants in four local and regional science fairs that are affiliated with SSP and Intel ISEF. We plan to make digital badging available to the more than 400 SSP-affiliated fairs in the United States and abroad sometime in the 2013-2014 school year.
What is the Open Badge backpack?
All SSP badge earners collect their badges on a “backpack” web page. From there they can group their badges and choose which ones they wish to display on their Public Profile. They can also sign up for a Mozilla Backpack and display their SSP badges alongside other digital badges they earn outside of SSP that follow the Mozilla Open Badges standard. It’s a fun way to collect and display badges from multiple sources around the web.
How did SSP and Intel get involved in digital badging?
SSP and Intel received a grant to develop this badging program from the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, part of a broader Digital Media Learning Competition, following a kick-off meeting at the White House with the MacArthur, Gates and Mozilla Foundations in early 2011. SSP and Intel were selected from more than 500 entrants in this competition to develop a digital badge platform using the Intel ISEF and Intel STS programs to reach competing students and supporting adults with a series of badges.
What is the Open Badges project?
Open Badges is a Mozilla Foundation initiative to create a standard online format for digital badges, allowing recipients to collect and display digital badges from various issuers around the web. Open Badges are issued from different organizations and for different achievements, and are designed to be part of an interoperable system that provides verifiable, standard data that is technically compatible across multiple platforms. SSP and Intel digital badges are compliant with the Open Badges standard.
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