Get Your Recognition On: Open Badges
Clinton’s Open Badge Initiative
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 because the system is based on an open standard, you can combine multiple badges from different issuers to tell the complete story of your achievements — both online and off. Display your badges wherever you want them on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning.
Many colleges have chosen not to fully replace their courses with the Open Badge but for most businesses the Open Badge may become a new requirement. Many colleges do not want something like this to become the replacement of a college degree, because it would essentially mean the end of non-online colleges for most of the world. Of course, there are courses that you simply can’t learn by yourself, like how to officially argue a case file in a successful way. However, for those who look forward to a world in technology, this Open Badge becomes a beacon of hope for the average white hat who has worked in technology without being taken seriously.
The development of the Open Badge is to help encourage the educational level of America, allowing those without college degrees or the money to obtain credit for their knowledge a recognition badge. There is no prerequisite on sharing how you came about the knowledge of what you already know, just that you know the amount required to receive an Open Badge. This would allow those who write in the freelance world to obtain Open Badges that further the amount that they can earn. A huge problem with outsourcing in the world is that unless they have uploaded college experience, the average freelancer is a hit or miss type of outsource. They live in another country and you only have samples that they used or their site reputation to determine whether or not they have the skills you need. Open Badges provides a filtering system for those with skills and those who do not. The Open Badge system provides a great economic solution for those in need for quality work and those who have the ability to deliver the work.
Mozilla is taking up the initiative by offering opportunities to gain these Open Badges and put them to use. They will also help support businesses that participate in the release and gathering of Open Badges that pertain to the business that they provide.
While the Open Badge is a fantastic opportunity, it’s very limited and there are only a few companies that are participating in the development of new badges. However, you can log into Mozilla and make your own Open Badge and have it validated. Most of the Open Badges that are currently available are purely web based but you can hold all of your Open Badges in the Mozilla online backpack and then display them to whoever wants access. Before, we could earn degrees and pass grades but it was very difficult to see the actual potential of the person because everything was generalized. With Open Badges, a prospect employer can learn exactly what that person knows and how much they have learned, or even how quickly they learned that. Open Badges must pass a validation test and can be used anywhere online.