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Open Badges South Africa

Open Badges South Africa Badging Guidelines

OverviewWhat is an Open Badge?Purpose of Badging GuidelinesTarget AudienceBadging Opportunities and UsesThe OBI process Establish a common languageHow to create a badging frameworkHow to create a badgeHow to issue badgesHow to earn and display badgesHow to consume badgesTemplates Section

Open Badges South Africa WorkgroupOBI Infographic

What is an Open Badge?Are all Badges created equal?

Open BadgesA badge is a representation of an outcome or achievement. Badges often get used in contexts like learning, scouting, gaming, social sites and rankings of authority. Open Badges refer specifically to badges that adhere to an open standard being led by Mozilla for recognizing and validating learning.Thus, Open Badges are secure, web-enabled credentials that contain granular, verified information consumers can use to evaluate earners potential.

The value of Open Badges comes from the information (metadata) attached to it!Who issued the badgeWhen: The issue dateWhat: Hyperlinks back to artifacts or testimonials demonstrating the work that lead to earning the badgeHow:How the badge was earnedAuthentication back to the issuer

Types of Badges








Subject Matter Expert



Requirements Met

Purpose of Badging GuidelinesWhy should I use these guidelines?

Why cant I just start creating badges for my different courses?

Adding Real ValueEnsure sustainability badges to become micro-credentialsBuild Open Badges for consistency, dependability and market worth Avoid introducing badges as the flavour of the month A system filled with junk badges have far less integrity than one filled with micro-credentials awarded by reputable organisations

Considerations for consistencyEstablish a common languageGive guidance wrt to establishing:-A framework for levels and clear pathways within a systemBadge criteria and assessmentBadge design principles

Considerations for market worthEstablish an ecosystem thatRecognises and supports professionals on a more granular levelAvoids linking professional development and salary structures only to macro-credentials (e.g. degree)Empowers the work force to pursue new skills and knowledge in a more personalised way

Read on.Now that you understand what OBSA members want the SA industry to achieve by using these guidelines,Please read on.

Target AudienceWho should use these guidelines?

Target AudienceBadge Creators:Instructional and/or Curriculum Designers Learning Infrastructure Specialists Learning Administrators Badge Consumers:Line Managers Recruiters Talent ManagersBadge Earners

Badging OpportunitiesHow can Open Badges support life-long learning?

Micro-Credentialling Life-long LearningThrough visible mapping of learning outcomes (competencies and skills)in badge framework designBy tracking the professional and personal development of staff during performance managementEnable the recruitment quest to find the best match for a positionIntegrate credentials represented by badges into HR Systems Effectively display and use earned badges to map skills and competencies to career paths.

In a nutshellMotivation & RecognitionShow case knowledge and skillsConsolidation of various learningsProfessional membership & CPD pointsInformal Learning on radar screenSupplement NQF credentialsRecruitment enhancement profiling of applicants

OBI SummarisedOpen Badges Infrastructure

The OBI Story

Establishing a common Badging languageLets all use the same words!

Badging TermsOBI Open Badges InfrastructureOpen BadgesMetadata Baking BadgesPublishing BadgesAssertions (Issued Badges)Backpacks (Badge Repositories)Consuming Badges (Following the links baked into the badge to view the criteria for earning the badge)

How to Create a Badging StrategyWhere do I start? Cant I just create a badge or two?

Designing my Badges for consistency and market worthWhat do I want to achieve by this badge / set of badges?Recognise completed learning Recognise acquired competencies and skillsMotivate earner to complete the learning path?Promote different levels of membershipRecognise service / sponsorship

Recognise completion of learning intervention

Instructional designer to Develop the outcomes of the learning initiativemap sets of learning outcomes to a series of badges for micro-credentiallingMap learning to competencies & tasks and dutiesMilestone on learning path = badgeUse Badge Design template to document all the relevant info (refer to Templates Section)

According to the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08)The framework used for the design and construction of ISCO-08 is based on two main concepts: The kind of work performed (job) The skill required to do the job.

Definitions of job and occupationA Job is defined in ISCO-08 as a set of tasks and duties carried out, or meant to be carried out, by one person for a particular employer, including self employment.An occupation is defined as a set of jobs whose main tasks and duties are characterised by a high degree of similarity. Recognise acquired competencies and skills

According to the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08)Skill is defined as the ability to carry out the tasks and duties of a given job.For the purposes of ISCO-88, two dimensions of skill are used to arrange occupations into groups.

Skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation.the nature of the work performed in an occupation the level of formal the amount of informal on-the-job training and /or previous experience in a related occupation

Skill specialisation is considered in terms of four conceptual concepts:the field of knowledge requiredthe tools and machinery usedthe materials worked on or with: andthe kinds of goods and services produced.

Recognise acquired competencies and skills (contd)

Motivate earner to complete the development path

Instructional designer to create milestones and checkpoints for development Milestone on development path = badgeExpiring badges for micro credentialsPermanent badge for the macro credentialEncourage earners to strive beyond the satisfying the current need (micro-credential obtained).

Promote levels of membershipManagement team of the Professional Body to design the hierarchy of membership, e.g. member, professional and master.Decide on time frames a master designation might be a lifetime award, but member expires every year and has to be renewed.

Recognise Service / SponsorshipManagement team of the Issuing Organisation to decide what they want to reward, e.g. Five Years of Service, Twenty Years of Service or Major Financial Contribution.Does this badge expire?

Motivate earner to complete the development path

Non- ExpiringBadgesProvided by CS Interactive Training

How to Create a badgeWhats in a name?Is a Badge more than a pretty picture?

Design the badge imagesInvolve the Corporate Image team for colours, logo and branding purposesDecide on inner and outer shapes of badges.Finalise the legend on the badge.

Design the badge metadataFigure out what skills and knowledge are represented by the badgeDetermine how to prove that a person has the skills and knowledge to earn the badge. Document this information about the badge:

Create the BadgeUse a Image Editor (e.g. PhotoShop) to create the badge image according to the Open Standard:Size in bytesDimensionsUse the organisation LMS; or an open license LMS like Moodle; or a bespoke Badge Creation tool like Open Badge Factory to bake the metadata into the Badge publish the badge. The published badge is now ready to be issued to worthy earners

Badge Image Standards

Image must be a PNG.Images should be square and not exceed 256kb. They should have dimensions not smaller that 90 x 90.Image is provided as a URL to the image on the issuer server, stored within the metadata.Mozilla will cache the image in at least two sizes.When a badge is displayed, it will be loaded from the Mozilla cache to avoid extra burden on the issuer servers. This also helps if the issuer is not available or the link is broken.Issuers can design badges inside the Web app using a graphical tool, or can upload images prepared elsewhere.

How to issue badgesWho can issue a badge?When does one issue a badge?

Role Player: The IssuerThe organisation or individual who issues badges into the OBIDetermine whether someone meets the criteria and are deserving of a badgeIssue a badge on our site, Prompt the Badge Earner to push the badge into their Backpack

How to earn & display badgesWhat do I have to do to earn a Badge?What can I do with a badge I earned?

Role Player: EarnerA person storing their badges within the OBI. (Learners are one type of Badge Earners)They make an effort to acquire the skills and knowledge that demonstrates their mastery represented by the badge. (They meet the criteria of the badge)Interact with Issuers to earn badges, then manage and share these badges in their Backpack

How to consume badgesWhy would I be interested in other peoples badges?

ConsumptionClick on the badge to open the metadata (information baked into the badge)Click on the links to view evidence (if provided)Scrutinise the issuer details the reputation of the issuer will lend weight to the badge

Templates SectionWhere can I find examples of badging designs?Right HERE!