During the resent years there are number of policy recommendations which call for new and better ways to validate and recognise learning in various context. Some of them explicitly mention digital Open Badges as an innovative and beneficial tool to support learners in their efforts of recognition.
”Education and training is increasingly offered in new forms and settings by a variety of providers, particularly through used of digital technologies and platforms. Equally, skills, experiences and learning achievements are acknowledged in different forms for example digital open badges. They are also known and used for skills gained through non-formal learning such as youth work’. (page 18)
Read the full document of the European Commission proposal on a common framework for the provision of better services for skills and qualifications (Europass)‘.
“To appeal to young people and to ensure greater impact on their lives, new settings where young people spend their time, such as modern city infrastructure and virtual space, as well as new approaches using innovative online and offline tools (such as gamification, GPS based activities, learning badges or design thinking), should be reflected upon and taken into account in the further development of education and training of youth workers.” (page 4)
“Learning badges are virtual badges in the online space which ratify learners ́ achievements. Some companies support this idea, including Mozilla, which created an online platform called Open badges. This fits in well with initiatives around the recognition of non-formal learning in youth work.” (page 4)
Read the full document with Conclusions on promoting new approaches in youth work to uncover and develop the potential of young people.
“Open Badges, the open standard for the recognition of learning achievements has proved the power of a simple, affordable, resilient and trustworthy technology to create an open recognition ecosystem working across countries, educational sectors, work, social environments and technologies.”
“Open Badges have demonstrated that we have the means and the opportunity to put an end to the disparities of the recognition landscape. Connecting and informing competency frameworks, they become the building blocks of an open architecture for the recognition of lifelong and life wide learning achievements.”
Read full text of Bologna Open Recognition Declaration and sing it, should you (and your organisation) support it.