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Open badges introduction. Presentation to Manchester Community Learning Strategy group, January 2013.

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  • 1.Learning happens everywhere.But its often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen online or out of school. Open Badges are an attempt to solve thatproblem, allowing any organization to issue, manage and display digital badges across the web.

2. Badges being developed to Create an alternative accreditation /credentialing system Avoid silos; i.e. badges stuck in one learningsystem Accredit both hard and soft skills Support learners learning everywhere 3. What is a badge and how does it work? An image embedded with metadata (sharableacross the web) Metadata links to webpages, detailing whoissued the badge, and what the learner hasdone Can include examples of work, i.e., portfolio 4. Learner-led learningLearners choose what badges they want to earnLearners can share the badge on theirwebsite, social networking profiles(Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)Learners have control over their badge backpack 5. Virtually anyone can issue a badge, aboutvirtually anythingCurrently no standardisation within the badginginfrastructureMozilla hosting Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI),facilitating the collection and sharing of badges 6. http://openbadges.org 7. More infohttp://manchestercommunitylearning.wikispaces.com/Open+Badgeshttp://www.digitalme.co.uk/s2r-medals/https://www.makewav.es/s2rhttp://openbadges.org/en-US/about.html