In the spring of 2011, Mozilla Foundation introduced the technical specification of Open Badges standard. The standard is open source code that can be used as a basis for any organisation having resources and technical know-how to build their own Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI).
Any badge that is created, issued and displayed using the Open Badges standard makes it possible to be portable achievement across various web platforms and sites that are also using badges aligned to this standard. This creates unique opportunities for badge earners to take their achievements with them across sectors and levels of education, transfer them from education to employability, display them online where matters.
Many issuing platforms can be found online, they are different from each other and work in various ways. This is why it is important to be able to evaluate which is the right badge issuing platform.
Badgecraft is the partner and member of the European Badge Alliance. Badgecraft offers a multilingual platform to manage any achievements using world-wide standard of Open Badges.
The use of open badges is ideal for showing what international qualities one may have or has developed during an international study or training program. Open badges helped me to focus on my skills as it is not only useful but also fun. One of the badges was ‘’Multi-linguist’’ - a badge which could be earned by speaking different tongues, which in my opinion is important to get connected to all people.
Badges help me track my progress in the areas of personal and professional development offered during the internship project. I can collect evidences of my achievements in this way enriching my professional portfolio and resume.
Being a participant in the Eastern Partnership Youth Forum I experience Open Badges and noticed that this tool can be used in trainings organised by our organization in order to increase motivation of youngsters and help them to understand what they learn and develop during the training.