Want to Display Your Digital Badges? Here are Some Options.

Updated on 4/1/2017

In 2014 I created an article about the services that exist to issue open badges. There are many examples of how groups are issuing badges. There are, however, fewer interesting examples of how people are actually displaying their badges or using badges as part of their online identity. That is the purpose of this article. The only exception is that, instead of my collecting and reviewing the list of display services/options, I thought I would experiment with inviting the larger badge community to share their ideas. As such, the bottom of this article includes a simple form for you to suggest a service to be added. As services are submitted, I will add them to the list below (which starts with none). Let’s see if we can crowdsource a near-exhaustive list. Please note that many of the services mentioned in the badge issuing article also provide a means of displaying badges, but I will hold off on adding those, as it would be great to get a description of each service from people who either run the service or have used it a great deal and know it well.

Scroll down (below the form) to see verified submissions.

Name of the Badge Display Service / Option: Open Badge Factory

Name of the person submitting and connection with the service (founder, user, etc.): Don Presant

Website of the service (if relevant): http://openbadgefactory.com

Description (please consider any description that would help readers understand its role/function/benefits/limitations.): Open Badge Passport is a free, easy to use service, where you can receive and store your Open Badges safely and share them with whomever you like and wherever you like.

Your free Passport account is a secure place for you to:

• Accept and upload Open Badges from any service that supports the Mozilla Open Badge standard

• Store and manage your badges for future use

• Display your badges on Pages, or “micro-portfolios” with other files and multimedia content

• Share your badges on social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook

Name of the Badge Display Service / Option: Badgr

Name of the person submitting and connection with the service (founder, user, etc.): Nate Otto (director of this software project at Concentric Sky)

Website of the service (if relevant): https://badgr.io

Description (please consider any description that would help readers understand its role/function/benefits/limitations.): Badgr is a backpack service that allows users to create collections of earned Open Badges issued to any of their verified email addresses. Users may generate a share URL for a collection and use that to spread the word over email, social media, or in job applications. Badgr also provides HTML iFrame embed code for badge earners who wish to embed their collections directly onto their blog or website.

Name of Service: Bestr

Website of the Service (if still active): http://www.bestr.it

Description of Service (or any information about why it is no longer active…if you have that information): Bestr is the first Italian badging platform developed by CINECA, the leading consortium of Univerisities (73) and the Ministry of Education and Research.

It is a portal that connects learners to Employers and Learning providers based on Open Badges

Name of Service: Makeawaves

Website of the Service (if still active): https://www.makewav.es/

Description of Service (or any information about why it is no longer active…if you have that information):

Makewaves is the safe social learning platform for children to share what they make, challenge themselves with Missions and show their achievements with badges. Helping young people realise their full potential, by surfacing, capturing and communicating their growing skills. For Young People (Makers) Young people can take part in fun learning missions created by Teachers and high profile partners and earn rewards for their work. We make it safe to share blogs, videos and photos with friends, family and the Makewaves community. For Teachers (Publishers) Transform your curriculum with Makewaves badges. We give you the control you need to deliver and manage learning online. Track progress, give feedback and support students of all levels. Easily capture learning across formal and informal settings via web, mobile or tablets. Partners (we call you Mission Makers) Organisations can create Missions at a national scale and enable teachers to engage with your topic and issue awards on your behalf. For Parents/Carers Parents/carers can be assured their child is part of a secure moderated community. They can follow their child’s learning journey, provide encouragement and receive updates from the school to their mobile.

Name of Service: Open Badge Academy

Website of the Service (if still active): https://www.openbadgeacademy.com/

Description of Service (or any information about why it is no longer active…if you have that information):

Today, learning happens everywhere. Yet, we still struggle to capture valuable learning that takes place outside of formal settings. We need a new way to help people capture and communicate all of their talents and use them to transition into new opportunities. Open Badge Academy is a complete solution that makes recognising lifelong learning simple. Organisations create academies to launch open badges Use badges to recognise learning, validate skills and build capabilities Track and demonstrate the impact of your programme Learners use badges to build a richer picture of themselves Evidence badges on the move via mobile Share your profile to stand out from the crowd Professionals verify skills using endorsements Experts, educators and peers provide evidence based endorsements of badges Connect with the people who matter to you.

Name of Service: Accredible

Website of the Service (if still active): https://www.accredible.com/

Description of Service (or any information about why it is no longer active…if you have that information):

This platform allows the creation and management of Open Badges and Digital Certificates. Issuers can create, manage and deliver credentials to recipients via email and view detailed reports on recipient engagement, views, shares and website referrals.

Name of Service: CanCred Passport

Website of the Service (if still active): http://www.cancred.ca/

Description of Service (or any information about why it is no longer active…if you have that information):

CanCred Passport is a free, easy to use home in the cloud for Open Badge eCredentials that you earn for yourself. CanCred Passport is the default destination for badges issued by CanCred Factory, but will store and display all Open Badges that comply with the Mozilla standard. Passport is completely open in both directions: users can also export their badges to Mozilla Backpack and display them on social media such as LinkedIn. Another key feature of CanCred Passport is that users can publish their badges on an unlimited number of Pages, complete with additional text, files such as resumes and even embedded video. This means each Page can become its own goal-driven mini-ePortfolio, powered by the authentic evidence of Open Badges.

Name of Service: Open Badge Passport

Website of the Service (if still active): https://openbadgepassport.com/

Description of Service (or any information about why it is no longer active…if you have that information):

Open Badge Passport is a free, easy to use service, where you can receive and store your Open Badges safely and share them with whomever you like and wherever you like. Your free Passport account is a secure place for you to: • Accept and upload Open Badges from any service that supports the Mozilla Open Badge standard • Store and manage your badges for future use • Display your badges on Pages, or “micro-portfolios” with other files and multimedia content • Share your badges on social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook

What Gives a Badge Value? 7 Answers

What gives a badge value? As ideas about badges continue to turn into the implementation of badges in various organizations, there continues to be an important conversation about what gives a badge value. There are many ways to approach this conversation, but in most of the conversations, people gravitate toward one of seven answers to this question. Of course, these are not independent of one another. It is certainly possible (in most cases probable) that the answer is a mix of each of these, not to mention perspectives that I did not represent here. Nonetheless, I continue to find it valuable to look at these seven as starting points.

What Gives a Badge Value? The Credential

Some people look at badges as “micro” credentials. As such, they think of them as credentials in the same way that people think of diplomas as credentials. People focus on earning the diploma, displaying the diploma, telling others about the fact that you have the diploma, and using the fact that you have the diploma as evidence that you should be given some sort of favor or special consideration in society, a community, or for a job.

As such, badges don’t often fare well from this perspective because badges don’t have comparable value to degrees in most communities. Perhaps this will change in some contexts in the future, but that is far from certain.

What Gives a Badge Value? The Criteria

I spent quite a bit of time in this camp. The value of a badge is found in the criteria for earning the badge. If these criteria are rigorous or align well one an organization’s needs or values, there is a chance that the badge will have at least some interest, if not value, to that organization.

What Gives a Badge Value? The Artifact

I am a strong defender of this perspective. It works from the idea that badges are potentially just a temporary innovation. When you earn a badge for learning, that is often done as a result of providing some evidence of learning. That evidence is often an artifact, not unlike what we see in portfolios. In this case, the badge is not valuable in itself. It is the artifact attached to (even if not literally or technologically) the badge. This moves from symbols of learning or achievement to more direct evidence.

The challenge is that many people and organizations are not going to take the time to review the raw artifacts, especially if there are many artifacts or if they are reviewing a large pool of candidates. More often, they trust credentials or symbols rather than going to the source.

This will eventually chance. The world of big data and analytics will make it possible to represent direct artifacts, organization them, and communicate their value to people in incredible ways in the future. Most of us have not thought about this or imagined how it will work, but I am quite confident that this marriage of micro-credentials, artifacts, and big data will result in new ways to communicate qualifications, and this will change the value proposition of many current learning pathways as well as credentials.

Even now, artifacts have tremendous power in communicating the value that you have to offer to a person, organization or community. It is just that many are not skilled at learning how to represent those artifacts, and attaching them to badges is one short-term to mid-term way to address this problem.

What Gives a Badge Value? The Testimonial

This takes us far into the history of academic credentials. There was a time when Harvard didn’t automatically distribute diplomas to every graduate. You had to go to the President’s office if you wanted one, and he would personally sign it. It was more like a letter of reference, a testimonial to the fact that you are a graduate. Check out platforms like Credly and you will see testimonials as a feature in their badges. When you issue a badge, you can give a mini letter of reference, a personalized note of affirmation or recommendation. This adds a personalized value to the credential that we don’t see attached to many other credentials today.

What Gives a Badge Value? The Learning

The purist might point out that none of these give value to a badge. It is the learning that leads up to issuing the badge that gives it value. Independent of the badge, it is up to the learner to show what he or she has learned. The badge is just a milestone along a larger learning journey and that is where we find the true value. Yet, that has little to do with the badge itself.

What Gives a Badge Value? The Community

This is where we get to the good writing about ideas like trust networks. If a community values a badge, then it has value. This is true whether it is a community of 5 or 5 million. The badge need not transfer value from one community to another, but that is certainly an important consideration as we explore the affordances and limitations of a given badge or badge community.

What gives a badge value?

Ask this question and you are likely to get answers that emphasize one or more of these categories, realizing that there is much crossover and more complexity than represented here. If you are designing a badge system, consider which of these you might build into your design. If you are a learner considering the role of badges for yourself, this is a way to weigh your options. Or, if you are just interested in where badges will take us, this is also a helpful way to think about the potential future of credentials and displaying one’s work and evidence of one’s learning.

50 Ideas for Issuing Badges in Education

Maybe you’ve heard people talk about badges in education, but how do educators actually use them in a school setting? Prompted by a recent conversation about different possible uses for badges in K-12 schools, I started brainstorming a list based on badge ideas that I’ve seen along with some new possibilities. Here is the result. Following are 50 possibilities for issuing badges in education. This is certainly not an exhaustive list, so please add those that come to mind or others that you’ve seen (or used).

I didn’t attempt to put these badge ideas into any taxonomy, and there is ample overlap in the list. While I might build upon this rough draft list at some point, the main purpose now is just to get us thinking, to help educators (including myself) and others consider the many options for building a badge ecosystem that supports different goals and visions in schools. Having an item in the list is not an endorsement, but thinking through the potential role of each type of badge in your organization still has value. Even if you think one badge type is not a good fit for your context, thinking through such possibilities is a great way to clarify or confirm your school mission, vision, values, and goals.

Finally, I encourage you to consider how mixing and layering these different types of badges might have value. A memory badge might seem a bit simple, but imagine what happens when you mix it with a life application badge. Or, consider the potential of blending experience, membership and contribution badges to provide a broader picture of someone’s learning journey. These are some of the very items that Universities are looking for in top applicants, not to mention the fact that such combinations make for interesting people.

Enough with the introductory comments. Let’s get started. Happy thinking and badging!

  1. Contribution Badge – Issued to people who demonstrate a substantive contribution to a learning community.
  2. Competency-based Badge – Issued for demonstrating that you have reached a certain competency tied to a course or independent of a course (criterion-referenced).
  3. Standards-based Badge – Issued upon providing evidence that you have met a given standard for a program or professional organization.
  4. Recommendation Badge – Issued based upon nominations or recommendations of individuals who speak to your accomplishment or achievement.
  5. Experience Badge – Issued to recognize your active engagement and persistence with a meaningful / valued experience.
  6. Attendance Badge – Issued for proving or verifying attendance at an event deemed important for key stakeholders.
  7. Progress Badge – Issued to recognize relative progress in some area of learning. This is about recognizing improvement from where I started.
  8. Stand Out Badge – Issued to recognize commendable character, contribution or achievement in comparison to a peer group (norm-referenced).
  9. Impact Badge – Issued to recognize a tangible impact or benefit provided to an individual, group, community, or cause.
  10. Termination Badge – Automatically issued at the beginning of a learning experience with a set expiration date. The learner much earn a “permanent” or more persistent badge before the badge expires.
  11. Compliance Badge – Issued to recognize that the recipient completed mandatory training or other requirements (as in blood borne pathogen training).
  12. Access Badge – Issued to recognize that the learner meets minimum requirements necessary for access to something else.
  13. Belt Badge – Issued to recognize achievements aligned with reaching the next level (think of how belts are issued in martial arts).
  14. Translation Badge – This badge is issued to recognize an existing accomplishment or skill, but it is translated into a “language” that is better valued or understood by a new audience.
  15. Duplicate Credential Badge – This badge is issued to recognize obtaining some other credential, allowing one to share a verification of the other credential in a digital context (diploma badge displayed on LinkedIn).
  16. Collective Recognition Badge – Issued to a group of individuals or an organization to recognize some achievement or exemplary work.
  17. Award Badge – Issued as an award, prize or public recognition.
  18. Grit Badge – Issued to recognize persistence or tenacity toward some goal that may yet be achieved.
  19. Risk-Taking Badge – Issued to recognize commendable and noteworthy failed efforts.
  20. Disposable Badge – Issued for fun and playful purposes that may have no ongoing value beyond the fun of issuing and receiving it.
  21. Thank You Badge – Issued as a form of personal thanks and recognition for help.
  22. Competition Badge – A badge issued to recognize winners and other “high-ranking” people in some competitive endeavor.
  23. Performance Badge – A badge issued to recognize some public performance, presentation, etc.
  24. Creation / Builder Badge – Badge issued to recognize completion or contribution of a creative work.
  25. Goal Badge – A badge issued to recognize achievement of a personal learning goal.
  26. Apprenticeship Badge – This one is issued to recognize milestones and completion of an apprenticeship for a given period.
  27. Mastery Badge – Similar to a competency badge, this is issued upon demonstration of achieving progress toward or full mastery (potentially used in conjunction with an apprenticeship badge).
  28. Volunteer Badge – This is issued to recognize completion of volunteer service for a given project, achievement of an organization’s goals, or for a time period.
  29. Loyalty Badge – This badge is issued to recognize evidence of loyalty to a cause, organization or role.
  30. Transcript / Credit-based Badge – These badges are issued for academic achievements and used similar to courses listed on a school transcript. Sometimes they are used primarily within an organization to track student completion of requirements toward graduation or the next level. Other badges can build up to one of these badges.
  31. Peer Review Badge – These badges are issued by peers as part of their review of a project, paper or another artifact. As an example, they can be set up so that students must obtain three peer review badges (with attached testimonials) before submitting for teacher review.
  32. Reviewer Badge – This badge recognizes one’s qualifications to serve as a reviewer of certain work by co-learners in the community. One can create levels for this badge, progressively increasingly a person’s ability to review more complex work and projects.
  33. Retrospect Badges – This is a badge created and issued after the fact to document or recognize an accomplishment or something else that you want to give a visibility boost. It is also a way to recognize interest-driven, unplanned and unexpected, or serendipitous learning.
  34. Artifact Container Badge – This is a badge issued in recognition of some artifact or accomplishment, but the substance is actually in the artifact created by the learner. The badge is more just a way of organizing and sharing the work. Some of us argue that the artifact is and should usually be given more weight).
  35. Membership Badge – This is a badge issued to recognize membership in a club, team organization or other group.
  36. Curricular Building Block Badge – This is a badge used to design and organize the curriculum in a given school or program. It may be less about issuing the badge and more about using badge-size curricular elements (usually tied to objectives, competencies or requirements), used for managing curricular revisions, personalized pathways, and more. Badges can be clustered and stacked to achieve curricular needs as well.
  37. Problem Solver Badge – Issued for identify and solving substantial problems within the learning environment or even in the community (or beyond).
  38. Riddle / Puzzle Badge – A badge is issued when a puzzle or riddle is solved, opening up access to the next clue. Completion of the entire game results is a final badge.
  39. Challenge Badge – A series of challenges are created and learners receive badges as they complete different challenges.
  40. Life Application Badge – This badge is issued upon providing evidence that a concept in school was applied to solve a real world problem or challenge outside of school (some schools might, for example, require earning a certain number of these badges in a course).
  41. Memorization & Reception Badge – Not necessarily popular in some learning contexts today, this badge recognizes progress toward or evidence of memorizing valuable knowledge or information. For critics, consider mixing this with the life application badge.
  42. Experiment Badge – This badge is issued for creating and conducting an experiment, and reporting on the results.
  43. Uncaged Learning Badge – This is a badge issued by an issuer outside of the school that aligns with school requirements/goals or is recognized within the learning organization as part of an individual or group student learning plan. This often works as or in conjunction with a retrospect badge.
  44. Planning Badge – While planning is a discrete skill, this badge is used to surface the important strategic and planning efforts that go on behind the scenes of other projects or accomplishments.
  45. Reflective Practice Badge – This is a badge granted to recognize that a learner is demonstrating confidence and competence in using reflective practice to improve in one or more areas.
  46. Trait Badge – This is a badge issued to recognize someone for embodying or modeling a valued attribute or trait (leadership, curiosity, etc.).
  47. Cooperation & Collaboration Badge – Recognition of playing a valuable and substantive role to accomplish a team goal or task.
  48. Personal Learning Network / Online Identity Management Badge – This badge does not necessarily recognize new learning or accomplishments but instead focuses on building meaningful connections and a lifelong learning network that can be tapped to accomplish various learning goals.
  49. Title Badge – This is a badge issued to assign a title and recognize a role within the learning community (class president, field trip coordinator, or something new and creative). This can be used to document service and leadership for a given timeframe as well.
  50. Ticket Badge – This badge is issued as a ticket into some event or opportunity. It might be earned, randomly issued, provided based upon a variety of criteria.

A Personal History of #OpenBadges in 50+ Articles (2013 to the Present)

November 17th was declared International Day of Badges, accompanied by several excellent presentations, each of which highlight current or promising practices with open badges. As a way to recognize the day, following is a short history of work and thinking on badges.

1/16/13 – 10 Gamificaton Challenges for Educators 

Despite the fact that I later sought to separate badges from the conversation about gamification, one of my first public references to badges was in the context of an article about gamification. However, what I really wrote is that badges might be able to serve as a valuable alternative to letter grades at some point.

2/13/13 – Un bund led Education 

Much of my thinking about badges started with the epiphany that we can deconstruct various elements of a what was traditionally a package educational deal. I saw badges as a lever for such a change.

5/7/13 – Cheat MOOC

By this point I was ready to experiment with badges. So, I created an academic integrity MOOC that issued badges like the cheating psychologist, cheating philosopher, and just plain cheater for contributing to the conversation in various units of the course. These were not competency-based badges. They recognized contributions to a cause but they gave me a chance to experiment with badges in a practical way. Thanks to the team of Credly for helping make that a reality.

7/15/13 – Is the Letter Grade System an Outdated Technology?

A theme is starting to emerge. My early conceptions of badges related to their affordances as superior to and a future replacement for the antiquated letter grade system.

9/12/13 – If you could wave a magic wand, what technologies would you have in your classroom?

In yet another article, I take a few more jabs at the letter grade system, arguing for competency-based badges as a potential alternative.

9/13/13 – Re-imagining the Educational Technology Known as the Report Card – 5 Alternatives

Okay, so we clearly have a pattern now. In yet another article, I set up badges within my broader experimentation with and exploration of assessment innovations as a way to promote broader educational innovation. Assessment, I came to believe, is a load bearing wall that must be carefully but systematically remodeled to make room for some of the most promising educational innovations.

10/5/13 – Digital Badges for Learning

This was my first article devoted entirely to exploring the affordances of badges within the broader conversation of assessment innovation. This article was written as part of my second MOOC, Learning Beyond Letter Grades.

10/8/13 – Reflection on the First Two Days of The Beyond Letter Grades MOOC

As such, in this follow-up, I explain my first public experiment with using competency-based badges to create a narrative feedback and masterly learning approach to teaching people about various aspects of assessment innovation.

11/11/13 – Free Online Degrees? A Glimpse into the Future of Higher Education

At this point, I was ready to start diving into my future predictions (or at least desires) for the role of badges in education. Add democratized credentials, competency-based education, open education, and the unbundling of education and we get a receipt for a possible free college degree. I’m still working on this, and I have a new twist on it that I’ve not yet made entirely public.

11/13/13 – Assessment Design Tips for MOOCs and other Open Courses

Having experimented with badges in a couple of MOOCs, here is where I provided a vision of the possibilities for other MOOC designers, opening up MOOCs in a new way through assessment innovation.

1/27/14 – How Will Badges and Micro-Credentialing Change Education?

In one of my more candid articles, I spell out ten specific ways that we can use badges to effect significant change in education, especially around the theme of democratizing education. At this point, I was starting to help many others conceptualize badge systems to promote assessment and broader educational innovation.

2/14/14 – 10 Lessons & Reminders from The Open Badges Summit

An incredible event, a gathering of some of the early badge pioneers, I share my own take aways and musings from this invitation only event.

2/18/14 – 10 Trends That are Transforming Homeschooling in the Digital Age

Not only about badges, but here is where I start to take the idea of badges as an assessment and credentialing innovation and show how they can be used in a variety of domains. This was one of many such domains that I later explored. It wasn’t just about homeschooling. It was about unbundling the credential from any specific learning pathway.

2/23/14 – Democratizing Academic Credentials with Open Badges

My theme of democratization grew increasingly strong over the first two years of my writing and thinking about badges. I continue to see this as a powerful possibility but there are certainly competing visions that may well win the day. No worries though because democratization is an integrated affordances of badges and efforts in contrast to this can still be easily overthrown in time.

2/24/14 – How Digital Badges Can Bolster the Aging System of Grades & Transcripts

Now my thinking is starting to mature even more and I have a clearer sense of how badges will impact things like transcripts in the future. Of course, there are plenty of people working hard on that one at the moment in the CBE clan.

5/27/14 – Beware of Badges as Biscuits

Of of the most read articles that I’ve written on badges, here is where I explicitly separate badges from some of the more simplistic gamification approaches to them. At the same time, I will confess now that it is more complicated than what I represented in this article.

6/1/14 – 10 Promising Practices & Possibilities for Using Digital Badges in Your Courses

At this point, I’m ready to encourage others to start adopting badges in their individual classes, and I give some tips here. This led to wonderful interactions with dozens of educators around the world who took the challenge, some of whom ended up leading the charge for larger badge efforts in their organization.

6/7/14 – 7 Amazing Education Books You Don’t Get to Read This Summer

In this playful review of seven books that don’t exist, I gave a glimpse into a book that I still intend to either write or edit: The Why, How and What of Digital Badges in Education.  There has yet to be a definitive work and practical guide in the form of a book.

6/16/14 – Udacity & the Future of Nanodegrees

Here I expand from badges to micro-credentials, a theme that is driving much of my current work and thinking…re-imagining learning pathways across formal programs, continuing education and self-directed learning.

7/8/14 –Digital Badges as Curricular Building Blocks

I still consider this to be one of my most important contributions to the badge community, a model for how competency-based badges can guide us into a new approach to instructional design and curriculum development. Of course, this was also my cryptic way of hinting at a first in the world program that I was soon to announce.

7/16/14 – 7 Modern Mutations of Universal Free Higher Education: It is Coming to the US Sooner Than you Think

Here I juxtapose micro-credentials, democratization of education and the free college movement; providing yet another way in which the concepts of badges or unbundled and democratized credentials are driving innovation in education.

7/27/14 – Micro-credentials & Alternate Routes to Skilled Employment

Here is one of the first articles where I explicitly connect workforce development and open badges…yet another application of the concept to a critical issue in education and society.

7/27/14 – Want to issue open badges? Here are some options.

It was a common question, how do I issue badges? So, I put this article together to serve as a guide.

7/31/13 – Are Open Badges Like Boy Scout Badges? Yes…and No

The comparison of open badges to Boy Scout Badges is enough to start a bar fight among the hard care badge aficionados, so I decided to see if I could find some common ground while clearly showing how open badges are very different.

8/4/14 – Earning, Learning & the Currency of Schools

This is an early version of my musing about badges as a form of academic currency.

8/16/14 – Open Vs. Closed Badging Systems

Now all badges are open badges. People were getting confused about this important point, so I explained it.

8/21/14 – 6 Elements of Democratizing Education

Need I say more? The democratizing theme was at the core of my thinking at this point.

8/25/14 – Digital Badges & Academic Credentials for Homeschoolers

Using homeschoolers and unschoolers as a case, I demonstrated how badges might play out in the future. I might even have a national/international project in the works around a closely related topic.

9/4/14 – 15 Reasons Why People are Using Digital Badges

At this point, badge experimentation had grown enough for a little overview how why people are interested.

9/6/14 – 10 Reasons Why People are NOT Using Open Badges

Of course, I had to give the other side as well.

9/7/14 – You Can Now Earn a Master’s Degree in #EdTech Through Competency-Based Digital Badges

And this was one of those big moments for me…when I announced the first master’s degree program in the world built around competency-based digital badges. We’ve learned a ton of lessons. It is still in place. Yet, we are launching with a new partner and system in the next month or two with some fun additions. This has also morphed into one of my latest programs. Now that we have a graduate program built around competency-based badges, it is time to disrupt that program! Stay tuned.

9/23/14 – Credentials, Trust Networks & the Future of Badges

The idea of trust networks has been and continues to be a big deal in badges, so I started writing about it at this point. Who cares if you have a badge? What value does it have in the broader world?

9/27/14 – Helping Post-Traditional Learners With Badges & Progressive Credentialing

This is another huge aha for me that I finally shared in an article, how badges can help with an incredibly powerful concept known as progressive credentialing.

10/6/14 – 10 Possibilities: Badges for Progressive Credentialing in Academic Programs

I was so excited about the possibilities that I had to expand on that first article.

10/18/14 – How is your credential vocabulary?

At this point I also saw need to expand the conversation about badges by studying the broader world of credentialing. This article represents that exploration.

10/28/14 – What Gives a Credential Value?

Yet again, I grapple with trust networks and value among new credentials like badges.

11/2/14 – 5 Impending Badge Battlegrounds

I don’t often call myself a futurist, but these predictions sure seem to be coming true in full force!

11/10/14 – 12 Months to Becoming a Digital Age Educator

Here I posit that badges are a necessary part of any digital age educator’s toolbox.

11/23/14 – The Values-Laden Nature of Open Badges

Back to my roots, given the broader conversation in the field, I saw fit to return to the core concept of technological affordances and limitations, a framework that is critical for the contemporary badge movement.

12/11/14 – Credentials, Gatekeepers, & Openness in Education

All my previous work comes together in some of my newer writings like this.

12/12/14 – A Plea to Education Vendors: Please Don’t Throw Out the Badges With the Biscuits

Inspired by my lamentation that not enough new education startups are building badges into their products, I wrote this. I still don’t see enough adoption to really push the badge world forward. Instead, it is coming from a few.

12/17/14 – Badges as Verified Brand Affiliations?

This didn’t seem to resonate with many, but I still think it has far more power than people have yet to discover.

1/5/15 – Competency-based Badges for Differentiated Instruction

Here I added differentiated instruction and multiple pathways to learning to the conversation more intentionally. It was always a driver for me, but this article came from what seemed to be some confusion among badge newcomers.

2/12/15 – An Academic Who Cheers for Badges & the Demonopolization of Higher Education

There isn’t that much new, but I said it in a new way. Essentially, my work risks disrupting my work, and I’m okay with that. Academics, I contend, must kindly bite that hand that feeds them to be true to our core mission. How meta!

3/1/15 –Which Way? Direct Assessment Drive or Carnegie Unit Court?

Here I contrast two competing approaches to education, fought on the ground of an outdated innovation known as the Carnegie Unit. See the connection to competency-based badges?

3/3/15 – 7 Exciting Possibilities for Post-Industrial Democratized Open Badges

My ideas continue to mature (or at least expand) on this topic, so this represents one of a dozen or more articles where I explore the same theme from different angles.

3/4/14 – Re-imagining Learning & Credentialing in a Connected World

At this point, I also draw in the connected learning discourse into the conversation about badges. I continue to enjoy and benefit from mashups of distinct discourses in education and beyond.

3/24/15 – Will #OpenBadges Remain Open? That is up to us.

This continues to be a concern among people in the badge world, perhaps more now than when I wrote this in early 2015.

4/29/15 – What Happens When You Create and Issue Badges to Yourself?

Some thought this one verging on the absurd, but the concept is now actually another project that might well emerge as a major project for me in the near future.

5/11/15 – Badges, Self-Directed Learning, & Positive Psychology

Talk about mashups of different discourses, this is certainly one. It also happens to be one about which I am rather proud. Each of these represent personal passions and promising movements that are gaining traction. What happens when you put them together?

6/8/15 – 4 Reasons Why Credits & Credentials are Killing College

More than a few have noticed that my writing had gained more of an edge in 2015, and here is one of the more candid examples of that. This is central to my broader work about badges, but also about the importance of authentic communities of learning instead of communities of earning. Badges can help or hurt depending on how they are used. You can use an ax to build a house or declare war. The affordances for both are built into the technology. As such, it depends on the designers and wielders. The same thing is true for badges.

6/27/15 –Will LinkedIn Transform the Global Workforce?

LinkedIn full adoption of open badges…now that is a game-changer.

8/24/15 –6 Factors Impacting Micro-credential Adoption

This is a review in some ways, but it highlights some key issues or us to tackle.

9/7/15 – When Open Badges Meet Study Circles: On the Verge of a Learning Revolution

Yes, this is another mashup. This time I take a movement from decades ago and mix it with badges. I’m downright giddy about the possibilities of this one.

There is have it. That is an abbreviated history of my writing and thinking about badges. I’ve written a dozen or other pieces that are either under peer review or I wrote as white papers for specific think tanks or organizations, but what you read above represents a good measure of my thinking thus far. Woven within these are the beginnings of close to half a dozen projects that I will soon make more public as well. Let the badge revolution continue!