About Open Badges

All Badgr badges are Open Badges!

So, what is an Open Badge?

Open Badges are a lot like physical badges. They’re a symbol of achievement. Badges are:

  • Verifiable — The data inside proves what you’ve achieved.
  • Shareable — You can post your badges all over the web.
  • Portable — Take them with you in Backpacks.

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Open Badges empower individuals to take their learning with them, wherever they go, building a rich picture of their lifelong learning journey. Thousands of organizations across the world already issue Open Badges, from non-profits to major employers to educational institutions at all levels.

The Open Badges Specification

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In order to make sure badges are consistent and interoperable all around the world, the Mozilla Foundation, with the support of the MacArthur foundation started the journey to authoring an open standard for digital badges in 2010.

For more info, here’s a brief History of Open Badges.

The Open Badges Specification is now in version 2.0, its fourth official release. It is now published by the IMS Global Learning Consortium. A workgroup of over 20 representatives of developers and educational organizations collaborates regularly to ensure that Open Badges continue to serve use cases for learning and other achievements.

Badgr was one of the first two platforms to be certified 2.0 compliant across all three implementation roles of Issuer, Host, and Displayer.

Read the Specification

Open Badges Metadata

Each Open Badge has metadata about the issuer, the achievement, and the recipient.

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You can trust that an Open Badge represents an authentic achievement, because they are all verifiable.

  • When users upload a badge from a different issuer, Badgr can validate them.
  • Every badge links back to the BadgeCheck validator.

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