Lately I have become interested in the idea of digital badges – how they might be used for credentially, micro-credentially, and learner motivation. I posted my initial inspiration about Open Digital Badges and Medical Education (http://rjh.goingeast.ca/2013/10/16/open-digital-badges-and-medical-education-openbadgesmooc/).
I've been sneaking some time now and then to work through the Open Badges MOOC. It seems to be doing a good job of helping me think through creating a digital badge ecosystem. It also does a pretty good job of explaining some of the issues associated with implementing digital badges. Where it falls short is on the reliance on Blackboard for actually creating the digital badges. When I saw the workshop activity using Blackboard, I immediately logged into my University’s system, only to learn that the option was not available. I could not use their system to play with digital badges.
After asking around some more, Jenni Hayman mentioned responded to my inquiry in the #wweopen13 Facebook group that there is now a WordPress Plugin that allows anyone with a self-hosted WordPress site the ability to create their own digital badges (WPBadger – https://github.com/davelester/WPBadger). Since I host this site, I had to give it a try. I used the plugin, and within the span of about an hour, I can now officially issue a digital badge. The WPBadger plugin integrates directly with the Mozilla Open Badges platform (http://openbadges.org), so badge recipients are provided a link to add their badge directly into their backpack.
Want to give it a try? Sign up for an Open Badges Backpack at http://openbadges.org, and then leave a comment about this post and I’ll give you a badge for joining the conversation 😉