Badges currently occur in the area of skills development increasingly for the fore.
But what are actually badges and what options to they offer?
Using open badges, which were jointly developed by the Mozilla Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, badges for learning should be made available, which should serve as performance indicators and help learners to orient themselves in the learning process. Thus, recognition of informal and self-directed learning is to be created. For example, a learner gets after a successful participation of a MOOC or a blended learning program a badge as proof of skills and competences acquired.
Thus badges should serve as motivators to push self-directed learning in companies.
As systems which use badges, there can be mentioned moodle as a learning management system and mahara as an ePortfolio-system. Moodle supports the awarding of badges (awards) since version 2.5. In mahara badges are available as plugins.
Here are two examples of the successful implementation of badges:
- The Khan Academy offers 100 different badges as award for learning achievements.
- edX, which offers free courses, awards badges for passed courses.
The Mozilla Foundation has therefore also created a webinar: