Open Badges Everywhere!
Does this ever happen to you: you work on a project for weeks on end. Blood, sweat and tears went into this and in the end, people still don’t really know where your talents lie. Answering the question “what do you do best?” isn’t easy, not at a family gathering, not when it’s asked by a recruiter. Well, you are lucky to bump into this article today because we will talk about something completely different! …No, just kidding, we will go through some cool stuff about Open Badges and see how you can definitely spotlight all of your skills without spending one single dollar.
What are Open Badges?
Because a picture is worth a thousand words …
But a thousand words help to understand the picture… The Open Badges are numerical badges that anyone can claim to prove his informal skills. In other words, they are visual proof of an achievement, affiliation, authorization, or other trust relationships sharable across the web. Open Badges represent a more detailed picture than a CV as they can be presented in ever-changing combinations, creating a constantly evolving picture of a person’s lifelong learning.
Wait, oSoc has two Open Badges projects?!
Indeed, 2 of our 17 projects are using this promising technology of Open Badges! Here they are:
The first project is Gentlestudent, which is an application that allows the user to ask students for help. With this application, anyone can issue a learning opportunity and students using the application can decide to help the issuer. After helping the issuer, the student gets a badge as a reward, which is a verifiable record of their learning. This way, Gentlestudent stimulates informal learning and teaches valuable lessons about community life and social engagement.
Open badges for this project are mainly used for awarding students to catch a learning opportunity.
The second project is this project called bSkilled (follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see what all the buzz is about). bSkilled is a web application that uses open badges to communicate skills and achievements. On bSkilled, a user can issue a badge which can be verified by an employer, a teacher, an organization, … This badge is a symbol of an accomplishment, packed with verifiable data and evidence that can be shared across the web. As a proof of concept, our oSoc18 team is making a #oSoc18 badge so don’t hesitate to come on their booth during the Demo Day to claim your badge!
bSkilled is a very valuable project: it can help people who, due to circumstances, could not benefit from the regular education system. With bSkilled, they can prove they have a valuable set of skills and that they are a valuable addition to the workforce.
Now you have a clearer view of those two Open Badges projects, don’t hesitate to visit their booths on the Demo Day to see which of your skills can be certified!