Badges and Learning
Badges. Recognize achievements and foster community engagement. For life.
Badges and Learning
In today’s ultra-connected and rapidly-changing world, people learn both on their own, as well as from experts and communities, and they learn in formal and informal contexts. We developed a system to bring all of this learning together, fostering ongoing community engagement, and helping people share their achievements and knowledge with the world. We call it BadgeOS™.
What is a Badge?Think about scouting merit badges -– but in a digital form and that you can take with you for life, and even showcase on sites like LinkedIn and Facebook. Or think about many of the most popular games today and how they award achievement. A badge is a validated display of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest that can be earned in any learning environment. Badges can represent traditional academic achievement or the acquisition of skills such as collaboration, teamwork, leadership, and other 21st century skills.
Badges can be earned by people of all ages, from kindergartners on up, and they can make any notable accomplishments visible to anyone and everyone, including potential employers, teachers, and peer communities. They can be earned in structured settings like classrooms, courses or seminars, or they can be awarded for learning and contributions that take place in more informal contexts, such as online communities, association gatherings, or extracurricular activities.
BadgeOS: A Badge-Based Learning System
BadgeOS is the first and only standards-based system designed specifically for badge-empowered, social learning. Our revolutionary system rewards and recognizes skill and knowledge acquisition as well as social and professional engagement within a learning community.
Designed by educators, trainers and gamers, and in use by some of the world’s best-known organizations, BadgeOS is more than a platform. It’s a new way of thinking about learning.
Every BadgeOS implementation can be customized based on the learning objectives, motivation and target population.
- You Make the Rules.
Badges can be issued through unique combinations of achievements and social contributions – each organization gets to set the rules and proper balance!
- BadgeOS is for Everyone
From elementary school teachers, to museum professionals, to associations to corporate trainers – anyone can build badge-based programs using BadgeOS.
- Badge & Content Libraries
Content experts and instructors can share activities and badges they create with others across any BadgeOS system.
- Setting the Standard — and Standards-Based
BadgeOS is compliant with the new Mozilla Open Badge standard through an integration of the Credly Open Credit API, and the IMS Global Learning Consortium’s BLTI standard. So Badges earned in BadgeOS can effortlessly be shared with the world, and BadgeOS itself can connect to existing learning management systems.
- Open Source
BadgeOS is proudly built as an open source system, and currently resides as a comprehensive and powerful layer on top of the popular and widely-supported WordPress platform.
- BadgeOS Team Does it All
Your dedicated BadgeOS team has the experience and expertise to help your organization develop a badge framework that is unique to your needs and learning goals.
BadgeOS System at its Core
BadgeOS is about fostering and recognizing individual learning and community involvement.
The BadgeOS approach empowers and encourages learners to pick up new real-world skills and knowledge, while also engaging with others in a social give-and-take that builds one’s value to the community and network of connections. Both of these aspects of personal and professional development are rewarded with Badges that learners can take with them for life, demonstrating to the world what they know and how others value their contributions.
The BadgeOS system is an ideal vehicle for building learning experiences around existing materials, subject matter expertise and open educational resources (OER), and for recognizing the informal and social learning that happens both in and out of institutional settings.
Getting Started is as Easy as 1-2-3
Whether you’d like to adapt your existing learning programs into a badge-based offering, or you are starting from scratch, you can deliver a badge-based learning program in three easy steps:
- We Review Your Goals and Existing Content — You provide any existing course, training, module content to our BadgeOS team or access to your subject matter experts. We can also work with one-off resources and raw materials that have never been turned into a training experience before.
- We Design the Framework and Badges — Our BadgeOS designers develop your customized Badge program, including instructional design and graphic badge design, and we build your badge-based learning plan in your branded BadgeOS delivery system.
- We Launch — You approve your installation, invite your learners in and begin issuing badges. We also help develop a plan to keep your Badge-based program and online community vibrant and current.