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ocTEL digital badges are now Open Badges: How to add them to your Mozilla Backpack | ocTEL 2014
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ocTEL digital badges are now Open Badges: How to add them to your Mozilla Backpack

June 10, 2014 in Course Information

One of our aspirations for this year’s ocTEL was to experiment with issuing digital badges. It was clear from the mid course survey that many of you also found the badges available had a positive influence in your engagement. One of the limitations faced by us at the start of the course was that while we could easily create and award badges, these badges were locked into the site and hard for you to reliably display elsewhere. This is the issue addressed by Open Badges. At the heart of Open Badges is a specification of the information a badge should include. This specification extends to how this information is structured. The result is when this data is made available it can be interpreted by other sites. One such site is the Mozilla Backpack:

The Backpack is the core management tool for storing badge data and setting share controls. Earners’ personal Backpacks are accessible only to them, though they can share collections of badges as they see fit. You can create your own Mozilla Backpack here.

The Mozilla Backpack is a place where you can collect your badges you’ve earned from different course, organisations or anywhere else issuing open badges. Once you have the badges in the Mozilla Backpack there are a growing number of tools and sites to help you display your selected badges.

So if you have earned some badges as part of ocTEL you can now send them to your Mozilla Backpack from the Open Badges Issuer page.

I won’t go into details in this post but to achieve this we’ve written a custom plugin. Consequently ocTEL participants will be the first people in the world – to our knowledge anyway – to have Open Badges issued directly from the existing BadgeOS plugin powering the site. This also means if it doesn’t work for you your feedback is invaluable. To help with sending your ocTEL badges to your Mozilla Backpack our tutors, led by Rose Heaney, have prepared this guide, which as a Google Doc you can comment on.

[Thanks also to Joel Mills (@iLearningUK) for being a guinea pig for us … now it’s your turn ;)]


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