How to make #openbadges work for you and your organisation

Doug Belshaw, Open Educational Thinkering, Nov 27, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Some useful how-to guidance from Doug Belshaw on the use of badges. And some important caveats. "I’ve had people tell me that badges 'will inevitably lead to X,' that 'you can’t do Y with badges,' and that 'Mozilla need to make sure that Z'. The great thing about the Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI) is that it’s a platform for third parties – including you – to innovate and think differently about their organisation is set up to do." The article is useful, but I confess, I'm still puzzled. Belshaw has badges from here, for example - but you can't just work on a badge, you do other stuff and them, what, badges magically appear? All of that said - I will use badges in the future - they will be a part of my next MOOC (already well into the planning stages in my own mind). Because it's important to me to be able to show that we can do better than to charge students hundreds of dollars for worthwhile credentials.

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