Open Badges is an open standard developed by the Mozilla Foundation to recognise, validate and demonstrate learning that happens anywhere.
Open Badges are digital credentials, created and issued by organisations such as schools, vocational organisations, companies and employers for their students, members, staff, clients or partners.
Features of Open Badge Factory
Open Badge Factory is a versatile platform for organisations wanting to create, issue and manage Open Badges.
Suitable for any organisation, big or small, Open Badge Factory is a user-friendly and cost-efficient service to start issuing Open Badges and building sustainable Open Badge ecosystems.
Become a trusted badge issuer
Manage all your badges in one place, but issue them in different systems
Issued badges go straight to the earner’s Open Badge Passport
Track the badges you issued and evaluate their value
Reach your earners by branded messages
A little extra!
I want it all!
"We work with academic staff and aim to develop their skills in teaching and learning; some of the areas covered are clearly identifiable skills or knowledge and were very amenable to being badged"
- Iain Mac Labhrainn, National University of Ireland, Galway
Open Badge Passport
Open Badge Factory’s sister service Open Badge Passport makes receiving, storing, sharing and managing Open Badges easy for the badge earners. It is even possible to create portfolio pages with the service.
Join our free Open Badge Factory Academy webinars to hear about the latest updates and new features,
interesting use cases and get tips and ideas to develop your Open Badges strategy.
1. Register controller’s name and addresses
Kiviharjunlenkki 1 E
Business Identity Code (Y-tunnus): 1725022-5
2. Person in charge of the register
Tel. 020 718 1850
Address: Same as above
3. Register name
Open Badge Factory service (“Service”) customer register
4. The purpose of the register
The purpose of the use of the register information is to maintain and handle the relationship between the Service Provider and Service user (“Customer”) and to plan and develop the business activity of the Service Provider through various research methods. The information is used for distribution of information to the customers and possibly for direct marketing if allowed by law.
5. The content of the register
The register contains the following customer information (mandatory):
6. Information sources of the register
The information of the register is received directly from the Customer or from the Customer’s admin user in the following situations:
When the Service Provider creates an admin user profile in the Service for the Customer and the Customer is thus registered as a Customer,
When users update information in their user profiles,
When users otherwise use the Service,
When the admin user creates user accounts in the Service.
7. Disclosing information to third parties
The Service Provider does not per se disclose information to third parties. Information can be disclosed for research and marketing purposes if the Customer gives permission when asked separately. Information is disclosed also to representatives of law enforcement for, for example, criminal investigation when and in the scope required by Finnish law in effect at any given time.
8. Register security
The personal information saved in the register is collected into joint databases which are secured with firewalls and other appropriate technical measures.
All persons handling the register have personal access rights (username, password and access level information) to the register issued by the register owner. Only persons who need the said information to carry out their work assignments can access the Customer’s personal data. These persons include the Service Provider’s customer service personnel and the technical administrators of the Service.
9. Right to inspection
According to the Law on Personal Data (Henkilötietolaki 523/1999) section 26, a person has the right to check information concerning her/himself in the register. The inspection request must be sent in writing and signed to the register contact person or it can be presented in person in the above mentioned address. A person in the register has the right to demand an erroneous piece of information about her/himself in the register to be corrected.
Open Badges is an online standard to recognise and verify learning. It was created by the Mozilla Foundation in 2011 and has been adopted by schools, vocational and public organisations as well as companies around the world.
Open Badges was developed because there is a strong need in our information society to recognise and demonstrate all the informal learning that happens through work, hobbies, volunteering and various other activities in our lives.
The idea behind badges is familiar from military and scouting organisations. An Open Badge is a digital picture, which contains metadata. The metadata provides information about the issuer of the badge and the criteria used to recognise the skills, achievements and even attitudes of the badge earner. This makes an Open Badge a trusted open credential, with validated evidence of learning.
Because the system is based on an open standard, the earner can combine multiple badges from different issuers to tell a more complete story of his or her achievements and interests. The earner can display the badges in his or her e-Portfolio or share them on the Web for employment, social networking, education or lifelong learning purposes.
What is Open Badge Factory?
Open Badge Factory is a reliable and flexible platform for issuing Open Badges. It provides a comprehensive set of tools for creating, issuing and managing Open Badges. Open Badge Factory is what your organisation needs if you are planning on designing and managing a meaningful, consistent and sustainable badge system that will build your reputation over time!
Are the badges created by Open Badge Factory compatible with the Mozilla Open Badges Infrastructure?
Yes. The badges created and issued by Open Badge Factory fully align with the Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI) developed by Mozilla.
Moodle and several other learning platforms have tools to create and issue badges. Why should we use Open Badge Factory?
There are several reasons:
With Open Badge Factory you can avoid the fragmentation of your badge system. You can manage all your badges in one place but issue them on other platforms. Using Open Badge Factory’s issuer plugins, you will be able to issue your badges in Moodle and other systems such as Totara LMS, Blackboard, Optima, WordPress, Canvas LMS and Mahara.
When you issue a badge from Moodle or another system using an OBF issuing plugin, your badges will be safely stored and hosted in Open Badge Factory. They will remain functional and valid even if your organisation decides to replace your current learning platform, CRM or HR-system with a new one.
Open Badge Factory also provides tools and features which are missing from Moodle and other learning platforms. These tools will help you to create and manage a consistent badge system. The list of tools is a long one, but here are some examples: badge pathways with milestone badges, a comprehensive reporting system, tools for managing badge expiry and a set of roles for managing badge design and issue as a collaborative workflow. See more about Open Badge features in Moodle and OBF.
Which platforms work with the OBF client application?
Client applications, also known as plugins, have been developed for Moodle, Totara LMS, Blackboard, WordPress, Canvas LMS and Optima learning platforms as well as Mahara e-Portfolio. More plugins are coming in the future. These plugins make it possible to issue badges remotely but continue to manage them centrally in Open Badge Factory. OBF plugins are open source and can be found in our GitHub repository.
Can we develop OBF plugins for our own systems?
Yes, you can! We provide an Open API that developers can use to create their own plugins.
See our API documentation. If you don’t have your own developers, contact us and tell us about your needs.
Can we use OBF for free or is there a charge?
We offer 3 service levels; Free, Basic and Premium.
At the Free level you can access OBF’s basic features and plugins, but you can only create two badges. This service level is convenient for developers who need to test their plugins or for organisations, which need to issue only one or two badges.
The Basic level gives access to most features although some are blocked, such as milestone badges. You can have maximum number of ten different badges at a time. This service level is suitable for organisations with small badge systems.
Premium level customers have full access to all of OBF’s features. You can have unlimited number of badges, although issuing is limited to 15 000 earners/year (see below). This level is suitable for larger organisations, which want to create badge pathways and develop large, structured badge systems.
Notice that a maximum number of issued badges is limited to 15 000 badges/year in all service levels. If your organisation plans to issue more that 15 000 badges/year, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Premium level customers also have the option of adding sub-organisations, such as faculties, departments or subsidiaries. Each sub-organisation can have its own issuer name and URL and can generate separate reports. There is a modest additional subscription cost for each sub-organisation.
Is it possible to move from one service level to another?
Yes. The admin user of your OBF environment can change the service level subscription.
After signing up, you will be set up with an environment at the Premium level. After the trial period you will have the option to purchase a permanent subscription at either the Premium or Basic level. If you choose neither, you will become a Free level customer. You will also be able to delete your environment and deactivate your account with Open Badge Factory.
What does “verified by Open Badge Factory” mean?
This text will appear as a footnote in a badge criteria page, if we can verify that at least the issuer organisation OBF environment’s admin belongs to the organisation she or he is representing. Becoming a verified issuer is possible only at the Premium level, it is not a default status. The admin user must apply for verification and comply with our verification process.
How can we become an Open Badge Factory partner?
Open Badge Factory is used by schools, associations and companies in 30 countries. We are looking for partners who can support OBF customers at a local or national level. Localisation, graphic design services, training, consulting, technical support and plugin development are some of the services that could be provided by our partners.
Open Badges is an open standard developed by the Mozilla Foundation to recognise, validate and demonstrate learning that happens anywhere. Open Badges are digital credentials, created and issued by organisations such as schools, vocational organisations, companies and employers for their students, members, staff, clients or partners.
It unlocks a world of possibilities especially for recognition and validation of informal and lifelong learning and as a standard it has been adopted worldwide by an increasing number of organisations and learners.
Implement a successful Open Badges strategy with Open Badge Factory
Open Badge Factory is an Open Badge management system that provides a centralised and simplified quality framework for Open Badges. It’s a cloud-based platform that provides the tools your organisation needs to implement and manage a meaningful, consistent and sustainable badge system that will build your reputation over time.
With Open Badge Factory you can avoid the fragmentation of your badge system in several platforms. You can manage who in your organisation is authorised to create badges and who is allowed only to issue them. You will also get detailed reports on how your badges have been for example received among other criteria.
Open Badge Factory will help you:
Become a trusted badge issuer
When an organisation applies for an administrator account in Open Badge Factory, we verify that it is a valid organisation and that the person getting a user account belongs to the organisation he or she claims to belong to. The badge earners can trust the badge they receive because it is issued by a verified source (Premium level).
Manage your badges
You can establish who in your organisation is authorised to design and create badges and who has rights to issue your badges. You can manage all your badges in one place, but issue them in different systems (LMS, CRM, HR systems, etc.) using Open Badge Factory’s issuer plugins. Organisations can also develop their own plugins easily using the open interfaces of Open Badge Factory.
Track the badges you issued and evaluate their value
You will be able to generate detailed reports about how your badges have been received, used, seen and ranked by your target groups. These reports will help you evaluate the benefits of your badging activities and improve them over time.
Share badges with your partners
You will be able to publish your badges in the Open Badge Factory Community, share them with other community members and issue public badges created by other organisations. You will also be able to collaborate with other members in the development of wider badge ecosystems, such as for schools or vocational training networks at a regional or national level.
Engage and motivate your badges earners
For many receiving a badge into the Mozilla Backpack is too challenging. With Open Badge Factory this problem has been solved! Your badge earners will automatically receive their badges into the Open Badge Passport. It’s a free Personal Learning Environment cloud service where badge earners can display and share their badges and use them to build micro-portfolios. Open Badge Passport is also a community, which supports online social interaction between badge earners, organisations and communities of practice.
Open Badges and Organisations
Open Badges and educational institutions
Are Open Badges needed in the academic world where expertise is displayed via official certificates and degrees? This question can be answered with a counter-question: Do degrees based on courses tell you enough about the actual expertise of students?
Open Badges do not compete with official certifications but rather complement them. Badges enable opening up the content of courses and displaying the expertise acquired during studies better. This improves the applicants’ chances on the job market. Expertise acquired during formal education is officially recognised but people learn many other things at school. Open Badges enable recognising and acknowledging a person’s soft skills, such as social, team work and mediation skills, acquired via positions of responsibility, club activities and other activities at school.
Open Badges include game-like elements which can be used as support in attitude education. Educational institutions can develop earnable badges which are rewarded to students who participate in projects furthering, for example, tolerance, a healthy lifestyle or traffic safety.
The aspect of developing the teachers’ and personnel’s skills must not be overlooked. For example, the know-how in IT and communication technologies and expertise gotten via in-service training of teachers can be recognised, acknowledged and made visible to everyone at the school community through badges.
When a student moves from one school level to another or a person in working life applies for supplementary training, the question of accepting credits for previously acquired expertise becomes relevant. Expertise acquired via formal education is easy to recognise but acknowledging a person’s every-day and informal know-how is a challenge. The Open Badges standard offers a solution to the situation by developing badges based on mutually agreed-upon criteria. These badges enable recognition and acknowledgement of the expertise of the applicants.
Open Badges and associations
Recognising the skills and achievements of association members and volunteers has always been challenging because until now validation of learning has been the monopoly of the formal education sector. The Open Badges standard is now giving the opportunity for organisations to develop their own validation systems to recognise effectively their members’ informal and non-formal learning and also to develop and streamline their activities and make them more visible to everyone.
Many organisations from the professional, vocational and humanitarian sectors have already understood the potential of the Open Badges standard and are developing comprehensive and sustainable badge systems and ecosystems.
Open Badges and companies in the education field
For companies in the education field, Open Badges offer the same possibilities as for educational institutions and other organisations. Especially companies specialising in in-service training can make things learned at courses more visible. Both employers and employees can benefit from badges. Through badges employers can assess more easily the benefits brought by the training. Employees can more easily display their expertise in, for example, development discussions or when applying for work.
For companies working in the education field, the Open Badges concept presents a possibility to open up the content of their training activities better to their customers. At the same time, via the badges issued by the company, the activities of the company are made more visible to those who can see issued badges in different services on the web. Additionally, companies can utilize fixed-term badges when certifying their customers’ or partners’ competencies in, for example, technical and health sectors.
Manage all your badges in one place, but issue them in different systems
With Open Badge Factory you can avoid the fragmentation of your badges in several systems. Your badge system will remain consistent even when you decide to change your LMS or your HR system.
Become a trusted badge issuer
Badges issued from Open Badge Factory can be trusted because we verify the authenticity of the issuer organisations.
Track the badges you issued and evaluate their value
You will be able to generate detailed reports about how your badges have been received, used, seen and ranked by your target groups.
Issue and manage badges anytime and anywhere
Open Badge Factory fully works with smart phones and tablets. So you can issue badges for example during sports or outdoor activities. We have displayer/issuer plugins for the most popular LMS systems like Moodle, WordPress, Mahara, Canvas and Blackboard.
Get your badge earners involved
Open Badge Passport is a service where Open Badge earners can easily receive, store, display and share their badges. Open Badge Passport is more than a badge repository, it’s a place where users can build portfolios with their badges.
Reach your earners by branded messages
Branding available for email messages, criteria pages, badge applications etc.
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Apply for partnership
Open Badge Factory Partner Information
We are actively looking for international partners to join our Open Badge Factory Partner Network. If you offer for example training, support, integration or consulting services and believe in the concept of Open Badges, consider joining our Partner Network. Just fill out the partner application and we’ll contact you as soon as possible!
Ilona IT is a Finnish company specializing in learning technology solutions and they provide services for the education and business sectors. They offer consulting and training all over Finland in regards of Open Badge Factory and Open Badge Passport services.
Learning Agents is an award-winning edtech company located in Manitoba. We partner with Discendum to offer CanCred Factory to educators and trainers in Canada. Our technology works the same as Open Badge Factory, with the same great set of tools for creating, issuing and managing Open Badges . But CanCred Factory is a distinctly Canadian service, hosted on servers in Vancouver and Toronto and centred on the distinct needs of Canadian badge issuers.
Learning Agents also offers training and consulting services for US customers of Open Badge Factory, in partnership with Discendum.
+unlimited accounts, reports, templates, community support
+user roles, verified issuer, milestone badges, helpdesk, suborganisations, badge-sharing etc.
Maximum number of badges you can create
Maximum number of badges you can issue*
15 000 / year
Full report features
Different user roles**
Verification of issuer organisations***
Price per year (excl. taxes)
* If you need to issue larger amounts, the price is 240€ / 10 000 extra badges. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
** At the Free and Basic service levels, there can be only admins. At the Premium level, it is possible to create different roles (admin, creator, issuer) for different users.
*** At the Premium service level, your badges will be verified by Open Badge Factory and the verification stamp will be included to your badges.
**** Sub-organisations feature, which enables issuing badges for example within organisation’s different departments is available for purchase with the Premium service level for additional fee.
Discendum Oy (later referred to as Service Provider) is committed to protect the user’s privacy and offer its users a safe environment to manage their Open Badges. This disclosure on the Protection of Privacy is valid in the Open Badge Factory service and covers information gathering and usage.
Gathering personal information
When a user registers her/himself in the Open Badge Factory service and takes the service into use, s/he is asked to provide personal information. The Service Provider will not disclose any personal information of a user to another person or organization without a written consent of the user in question unless this is allowed or required by the Finnish law.
A cookie is a document which the web service saves into the user’s computer. Cookies are not software, spyware or viruses and they cannot execute functions by themselves.
How does the Service Provider use personal data
Only the username, which each user can define her/himself, is displayed to another users in the Open Badge Factory.
The Service Provider can gather information about the usage of the service for statistic purposes. This information does not target any individual user.
Saving personal data and security
The Service Provider will strive to ensure that no personal user data stored disappears, no data is used for wrong purposes and that no one can access or change the data without authorization.
The users are asked not to disclose their username or password to anyone other than the Service Provider in a situation where help is asked of the Service Provider.
Changes to this disclosure about Protection of Privacy
The Service Provider will make small adjustments to this Protection of privacy document taking the changes made in the service and the feedback received from users into consideration. Thus the Service Provider suggests that the user returns to examine the Protection of privacy document on a regular basis.
If you have questions regarding this disclosure or you believe that the Service Provider has not abided by the above mentioned rules, you are advised to contact the Service Provider.
General information about the use of Open Badge Factory service
Access to the Service and restrictions
The User promises that the information the User provides or provided in connection with registration to, and use of the Service is true and accurate. The use of the Service requires a username and a personal password or other user identification method approved by the Service Provider (hereinafter referred to as User ID). Unless otherwise agreed, the User ID requires valid email address of the User for generating the username.
The User must keep the password required for the use of the Service secret and not disclose it to anyone else. Users may not assign or transfer their User IDs to a third party and may not allow a third party use the Service with the User ID. If a third party has obtained User’s password or the User has a reason to believe that a third party has obtained its password, the User must immediately inform the Service Provider. The User is solely responsible for actions taken by using its User account until it has informed the Service Provider of the loss of the password and the Service Provider has had a reasonable time to prevent the use of the Service with the User ID.
User categories, Pricing and terms of payment
The Service contains different User categories Free, Basic and Premium. The prices of User categories in force from time to time are specified in the Service website. Basic and Premium categories are provided subject to the payment of prices. User can purchase Premium and Basic Service levels during or after a 60-day free trial period. If the subscription and payment are made during the trial period, the remaining days of the trial period will be added to the subscription time purchased by User. The minimum subscription period for both Premium and Basic Service levels is one year.
Free and Basic Service levels can be upgraded anytime during a subscription period. For example, User can purchase a one-year subscription for Basic Service level and upgrade the Service level to Premium few months later if needed.
Downgrading a Service level is only possible after the current subscription period has expired. User can downgrade his/her subscription from Premium to Basic or Free and from Basic to Free. If there are more than 2 badges in the environment, User will have to select the badges he/she wish to preserve and delete the rest of the badges when downgrading to Free Service level. Similarly, when User has more than 10 badges and downgrades from Premium to Basic Service level. The badges that have been deleted will not be restorable even if User later upgrades his/her Service level back to Basic or Premium.
Payment shall be done at the time of purchase of the Service or when upgrading the Service level using the available payment methods. Accepted payment methods are specified in the Service web site.
Gross up clause
Payment service provider
Paytrail Oyj (2122839-7) acts as an implementer of the payment handling service and as a Payment Service Provider. Paytrail Oyj will be shown as the recipient in the invoice and Paytrail Oyj will forward the payment to the merchant. Paytrail Oyj is an authorized Payment Institution. For reclamations, please contact the website you made your payment to.
Paytrail Oyj, business ID 2122839-7
Phone: +358 207 181830 www.paytrail.com
Paytrail Oyj (FI2122839) provides netbank related payment transfer services in co-operation with Finnish banks and credit institutions. For consumer the service works exactly the same way as traditional web payments.
Ownership and Intellectual Property Rights
The Service Provider shall own all rights, title and interest in and to the Service as well as any material in or provided through the Service, including any copyright, patent, trademark, design right, trade secret and any other intellectual property rights (hereinafter referred to as Intellectual Property Rights). The User shall not receive any ownership rights by using the Service or for example by downloading material from or submitting material to the Service. Unless expressly authorized by mandatory legislation, Service may not be copied, reproduced or distributed in any manner or medium, in whole or in part, without prior written consent of the Service Provider. All rights not expressly granted to the User herein are reserved by the Service Provider.
The materials and information and any Intellectual Property Rights related thereto which the User inserts into the Service (User Material) remain the property of the User or a third party.
Responsibilities of the Service Provider
The Service Provider is responsible for technical implementation and maintenance of the Service. The Service is still at its development stage which means that changes and breaks in service can occur. The Service Provider may suspend the Service when necessary for example for installation, amendment or maintenance work or if laws, regulations or authorities so require or if there are other justifiable reasons for suspension. The Service Provider aims to ensure that the suspension is as short as possible. The Service Provider will make an effort to inform Users a reasonable time in advance of substantial changes and breaks in service on the login page of the Service and in the Open Badge Factory discussion group. If Service is not available for Use for more than two (2) consecutive days, subscription fee or any part of it shall not be refunded but equivalent amount of days will be added to User’s subscription time as compensation. However, the Service Provider reserves the right to perform small updates without informing about it in advance. A back-up of the service content is made once a day. The back-up is made in case the service content needs to be restored due to, for example, a technical problem. However, individual User’s content is not restored, if it accidentally deletes its content. The Service provider has the right to terminate the Service at its sole discretion. The Service Provider aims to notify a reasonable time in advance about the termination of the Service.
The Service Provider is committed to repairing possible software faults affecting the quality of the Service according to the valid product development plan.
Use of Service and links
It is the responsibility of the User of the Service to make sure that he/she has the right to use the images, content and email addresses that he/she uses in issuing he/her own badges. User agrees not to use the Service in a manner or otherwise submit any material that violate any Intellectual Property Rights, privacy, publicity or any other rights of others; or would be illegal or violate good manner. The Service Provider is not responsible for possible violations of the Users.
User shall use the Service in a manner that does not cause harm to the Service Provider, other Users or third parties. If the Service Provider receives a notice claiming that the User has submitted afore described material, The Service Provider is entitled to remove such material, the User or User organization’s environment or prevent their use without notice.
The Service is provided on an “as-is” basis without warranties of any kind. The Service Provider does not warrant that the Service will function without interruptions or error-free. The Service Provider shall not be liable for the correctness, exhaustiveness or reliability of the information or other material presented on the Service nor for the content or other features of the products or services offered on or conveyed through the Service. THE SERVICE PROVIDER HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL EXPRESS, IMPLIED, AND STATUTORY WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, SATISFACTORY QUALITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TO THE FULL EXTENT SUCH WARRANTIES MAY BE DISCLAIMED BY LAW. THE SERVICE PROVIDER DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY FOR THE ACTS, OMISSIONS AND CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTIES IN CONNECTION WITH OR RELATED TO USER’S USE OF THE SERVICE.
The Service Provider shall not be liable for direct or indirect damages caused by a possible delay, a change or a loss of a service, product or material transferred through the Service. The Service provider is not liable for direct or indirect damages caused by interruptions and disturbances including loss or delay of data or changes in data due to technical defects or maintenance. Further, the Service Provider disclaims any liability for direct or indirect damages caused to the User by harmful programs (virus, worms etc.) or incorrect content in the Service, the Service provider bears no liability for damages caused by the User or by a third party.
The Service Provider is never liable for any indirect or unforeseeable damages caused to the User at any given circumstances.
Term and termination
User is entitled to stop using the Service and to delete their environment at any time. In this case, all content is deleted once and for all, but the badges issued before the deletion of the environment will be hosted for free for at least two (2) years.
When the term expires or if the Service is suspended or terminated for whatsoever reason, the Service Provider shall not return to the User any payments made.
Applicable law and settlement of disputes
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21. 02. 2017
Advertise your badges in Open Badge Passport
Organisations using Open Badge Factory are now able to advertise their badges in Open Badge Passport by making them visible in Passport’s Gallery > Apply for a badge page. The meaning of this new feature is to give organisations a new tool for advertising badges and making them more visible. Also, badges are better available for users and interesting new paths will open for them. This new feature is a feature in the upcoming Enterprise level but can now be used in all service levels for free until the end of 2017.
Organisations can advertise their badges in two ways:
1) Advertising the badge in Open Badge Passport
Suitable for example when the organisation has an upcoming event from where the participants will receive a badge.
The organisation tells how someone interested in the badge can get the badge when they publish the badge. It’s possible for example to tell about an upcoming course and add a registration link to the information section.
Advertise the badge like this: Creator tools > Badge library > Edit > Preview > Advertise in Passport.
2) Advertising badge applications in Open Badge Passport
Suitable for example when the organisation has one or more badge application badges and more visibility is wanted for these badges.
The organisation can give more information on how and why the badge can be applied for when publishing the badge application.
The system will automatically create a link to the badge application in Passport from where the user can access the application, fill it out and apply for the badge.
Advertise the badge application like this: Creator tools > Badge applications > Edit > Settings > Advertise in Passport.
The badge / badge application has to be ready for issuing / active so that it’s possible to advertise the badge / badge application in Open Badge Passport.
Go ahead and advertise your first badges already today!
18. 01. 2017
Open Badge training in Tampere and Helsinki, Finland!
Great news! We are organising two Open Badge training sessions free of charge in Tampere and Helsinki during February and March this year.
Participants will learn about the concept of Open Badges, how to start designing and implementing your organisation’s badge ecosystem and more.
Tampere session: Feb. 17th
Helsinki session: Mar. 24th
Check out the training session details here and register now! Both of these training sessions are in Finnish.
24. 11. 2016
Open Badge workshop in NUI Galway, Ireland this December!
Open Badge Factory and National University of Ireland, Galway, are organizing a free Open Badge workshop on December 8th. If your organization has just started to use Open Badges or you’re thinking about it, this is the right event for you.
Participants will hear about the concept of Open Badges, interesting case presentations from NUI Galway and others as well as learn how to create and issue and Open Badge using Open Badge Factory and Open Badge Passport services.
What are Open Badges?
Case studies: Higher education and beyond
Designing, issuing and earning Open Badges
Register for the workshop by Thursday Dec. 1st here.
26. 09. 2016
Open Badge Factory update
OBF will be updated on Tuesday Sep. 27th at 16:30 EEST. The maintenance will take about one hour.
The content of the update:
new look and feel for the Open Badge Factory user interface
peer assessment for badge applications (more about this in our upcoming OBF Academy webinar on Oct. 10th!)
Sorry for the inconvenience!
19. 09. 2016
Unlock the potential of badge applications!
Next webinar is on Monday 10 October at 15:00 / 3pm CEST (14:00 / 2pm BST).
Welcome to our very first OBF Academy webinar of fall 2016! In this webinar, we will go through some of the most recent features that have been added to OBF.
The emphasis will be on badge applications and on the different ways on how to evaluate them (for example peer assessment). Badge applications feature is one of the most used feature in Open Badge Factory.
Recognising and demonstrating the skills of students and staff with Open Badges
Case Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Next OBF Academy webinar will be on Tuesday May 31 at 13:00 GMT.
Jenni Meriläinen, Adviser for Lahti University of Applied Sciences, will tell how Open Badges have been utilized as a new, more flexible and nuanced way of acknowledging the learning and skills of students and staff members. For students, Open Badges have been used mainly as a supplement to the existing credential structure to recognise student achievements in a more nuanced way and to signal finer-grained skills. Lahti UAS is also utilizing Open Badges as a way of promoting staff competence and professional development.
We are coming to the United States for the very first time this summer!
You can catch us first in Aurora, Colorado at the 2016 Digital Badge Summit on Friday June 24. The Summit gathers together around 300 Digital Badge leaders, practitioners and enthusiasts. Our Open Badges team leader Eric Rousselle talked to Noah Geisel (Badge Summit) about Open Badges, check out the interview here. Read more about the Digital Badge Summit here and sign up now!
Second - we will be exhibiting in Denver, Colorado at the ISTE 2016 Conference & Expo from Monday June 27 to Wednesday 29. About ISTE: “Groundbreaking ideas are shared, new learning technologies are unveiled and collaborations form that will impact classrooms everywhere.”. Read more here and sign up!
We hope to see you in Colorado this summer! If you’re coming, let us know by tweeting us: @OBFactory_
22. 03. 2016
Improved Open Badge Factory website!
Welcome to our new Open Badge Factory website. Looks neat, right?
We hope the new website gives you more information that is easier to find.
Let us know what you think of the new look in Twitter!
18. 03. 2016
All Aboard! Empowering staff & students to flourish in a digital age.
Next OBF Academy webinar will be on Tuesday 22 March at 14:00 GMT (15:00 CET).
Iain Mac Labhrainn, Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching at the NUI Galway, will talk about digital skills and what is the role of Open Badges in that area. He will talk about their big national project and the badge applications include: recognising student volunteering; academic staff development; study skills and employability.
Make sure you join our very first webinar dedicated to the Salava project on Tuesday March 1st at 14:00 GMT (9:00 am EST).
Learn more about Salava - the open source community edition of Open Badge Passport - connect with others and start sharing ideas on how to further develop Open Badge Passport. Anyone from users to developers are welcome to take part!