Create and issue your “selfie badges” in Open Badge Passport

Most badges issued today are created by organisations to recognise badge earners for skills and competences that the badge creators value. For example, a company may create a project management badge to target the criteria that employees need to meet to be recognised as skilled and competent project managers. This normative approach works for organisational contexts (talent and competence management and tracking, recruitment, certification, etc.) but it doesn’t work for recognising individual skills and achievements that employers haven’t anticipated. Let’s imagine that you’re an Open Badges expert. It’s highly improbable that you would be able to find an existing “Open Badges Expert” badge that accurately describes your skills and achievements. So, if you really want to be recognised for your particular expertise you should be able to claim it by creating your own badge and have that claim validated.

Open Badge Passport can now support this way to recognise yourself. A user can create a badge and issue it to himself. Many might see it as provocative to enable a badge earner to create their own badge saying, “I can do that!”. After all, it doesn’t give any guarantee that the badge holder has the skills he claims to have. But in Open Badge Passport this kind of badge can be much more than a simple claim - the badge holder can add evidence to his badge and request an endorsement from other users. So, a self-claimed badge can communicate that “I can do that, here’s my evidence and these endorsers support what I am claiming!”

Selfie badge

Here are a few examples of how selfie badges could be used:

Badge earners typically build their skills profiles with badges they’ve received from organisational issuers. They can now use claim badges to complete and enrich their profiles, to make the skills and achievement that those organisation badges can’t identify and recognise, more visible.

Creating a valuable self-claimed badge is pretty demanding - it requires reflection and self-assessment skills. For this reason, a selfie badge could be used as a self-directed learning tool in education. For example, a student could create a self-claimed badge after a workshop to reflect on his learning, showcase it with evidence and seek endorsement by his teacher or his peers. Or he could claim a badge as the first step toward an aspirational learning goal.

If you’re interested in knowing more about self-claimed badges, you’re welcome to register for a free account at to create your own badges. Join our webinar on May 12th at 9 AM EDT (2 PM BST) to learn more! Details here.

Author: Eric Rousselle, CEO, Open Badge Factory

Open Badge Factory provides the tools your organisation needs to implement a meaningful and sustainable Open Badges system. OBF is certified by IMS Global and follows the latest version of the standard.