Connecting to open badges and filling a backpack

The other choice under Badges in My profile settings is Backpack settings. Badges are not just digital records of achievements within a course—they may have wider applicability in a system called Open Badges by Mozilla. Earners can collect open badges in a “backpack.” According to the badges wiki at Mozilla.org (https://wiki.mozilla.org/Badges):

A digital badge is an online representation of a skill you’ve earned. Open Badges take that concept one step further, and allows you to verify your skills, interests and achievements through credible organizations and attaches that information to the badge image file, hard-coding the metadata for future access and review. Because the system is based on an open standard, earners can combine multiple badges from different issuers to tell the complete story of their achievements — both online and off. Badges can be displayed wherever earners want them on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning. (para. 3)

Find out more about open badges or simply click on Backpack settings, sign up for a Mozilla Persona password, and then connect to backpack.openbadges.org.

Using Open Badges may contravene the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) as badges are conferred by email and they contain personal information about the earner. Furthermore, many institutions conferring and storing information about badge earners are in the United States. For these reasons, instructors are asked to obtain legal advice before using open badges in their classrooms.

Read about recent research on open digital badges.