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OSU Graduate Digital Badge: More About Badges

More About Digital Badges

More About Badges

Below you will find the answers to the more common questions about digital badges and their use at academic institutions.


What are digital badges?

What does a digital badge say about the owner?

Why do we need digital badges?

What is Moodle and what are Mozilla Open Badges?

What is Mozilla Backpack?

 

 

What are digital badges?

Digital badges are a new way to demonstrate learning outside of the classroom. Digital badges are earned by completing workshops at various skill levels, which will demonstrate your knowledge to your peers, instructors, and potential employers. Digital badges provide a visual marker for skills and knowledge you have gained outside of your academic program. A digital badge is also an encrypted image file with embedded text that verifies the level of knowledge gained and its authenticity. Earned badges can be displayed in your “backpack” within the OSU Digital Badges system, but can also be linked and displayed on sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

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What does a digital badge say about the owner?

Digital badges contain information embedded in them about what you did to earn the badge. When you display a digital badge, anyone who views it can see criteria and requirements for receiving the badge. Digital badges can be shared easily and do not have an expiration date. Badges can be included on various pages or linked to from resumes, professional profiles, or just about anyplace else.

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Why do we need digital badges?

Learning today is not just taking place in the classroom, but through a myriad of venues, experiences, and interactions. Digital badges provide a way to record the lifelong learning that is more social, informal, participatory, and ubiquitous. Badges provide a way to record how a student had developed rather than just what classes they have taken.

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What is Moodle and what are Mozilla Open Badges?

The OSU Graduate Student Digital Badge Project is using Moodle as its base software in order to manage the program and to assign the badges to students. We are using the Mozilla Open Badge Infrastructure to support the program. Visit the Mozilla information page about badges at http://wiki.mozilla.org/badges.

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What is Mozilla Backpack?

Mozilla Backpack is where students can keep track of the badges earned from multiple sources, sort and organize them into categories and choose where they’re shared. Badges stored in your Backpack are private by default, until you're ready to show them off. Once you're ready, Mozilla Backpack can be used to display your badges on social networking and job sites. You can get to Mozilla Backpack at https://backpack.openbadges.org/backpack/login.

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