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I have been collecting definitions of Open Badges, the online credentialing technology developed by Mozilla. My own current definition is this: Open badges are web-enabled tokens that recognize achievement, like merit badges you might have received in the real world. Anyone can issue a badge, receive one, verify that a badge is real, or see […]
Loyal readers and friends, I’m excited this week to be starting a new project with Open Badges. I have joined the Badges Design Principles Project at Indiana University. Funded in parallel with the DML Badges for Lifelong Learning competition and led by Dr. Daniel Hickey at IU, our project aims to document how the DML awardees […]
From the Mozilla Open Badges Infrastructure community call Wednesday morning, it sounds like the signed assertions spec is ready. I’m exploring how signed badges work from a technical standpoint. Signed badges allow issuers to avoid storing an assertion file for each issued badge. Instead, issuers simply host a key that they use to “sign” badges, […]
Doug Belshaw, Badges and Skills lead for the Mozilla Foundation, fields a great volume of the open badges community’s questions. He passed along one of those questions that fell more on the technical side to the community call last week: Someone asked me a question today about how to find out more about how decentralised […]
On Monday, I hosted a short conversation on possibilities for using open badges in libraries as part of a series of community conversations with people interested in Mozilla’s Open Badges Infrastructure. The raw notes we took during the session are located here. For background on the topic, we read “Badging the Library” by Ahniwa Ferrari. […]
Imagine the kind of world that would exist if Netflix had all TV or movie content. From a consumer standpoint, the value of Netflix subscriptions would be great. The cord-cutting the cable industry has been dreading would finally occur. The value of TV advertising would be absolutely obliterated. That’s scary to the people who get […]