Building professional credentials in the 21st Century is both different and fun!
Badges–as they’re called–are the newest open-source trend to help professionals better define themselves and their composite skill sets. Adding greater internet presence to the bearer and issuer alike, badges bring heightened visibility and credibility to professionals everywhere, no matter the industry.
You might say badges are becoming the new social panacea intended to offset every small and great skill or accomplishment that can get lost or go unnoticed if you’re still using the traditional resume all by itself.How Open Source Badges Work
Fast Facts And Questions About Badges
Q: Who can earn a badge?
Q: Who can design and promote a badge?
Q: Why should professionals be interested in badges if just anyone can create and earn them?
A: Because not all badges are created, issued, or worn equally.
One Badge Size Does NOT Fit All
True, badges can be designed and offered by any individual, company, or entity, but not all badges are the same. Certain “designer” badges carry more weight (and more clout for the bearer) than others do. Not every badge is validated, but when they’re pre-vetted and pass the litmus test of Mozilla’s standards, you can count on their weight and worth. Here’s a growing list of issuers, just to give you an idea.
A word to the skeptics (who also still doubt the legitimacy of Wikipedia): Credentialling mechanisms of each badge are “baked in” and link back to the issuer. The footprint and breadcrumb trail behind each badge’s design tell a richer story than a resume alone. So before you miss something important about that student or that potential new-hire who’s talking about all those badges in his backpack, look closer. You just might have a genius on your hands. It’s just good business to check out people and their badges.
What’s Moodle Doing With Badges?
If you didn’t already know, some of the new features of Moodle 2.5 can help you start earning badges too. Whether your’e a teacher/trainer or a student, or even an administrator, you could earn a Moodle badge too.
Not a Moodle user yet? Not a problem.
Click here to register and attend our free webinar designed to introduce you to the basics of Moodle. After viewing the webinar, contact us directly. We can have you earning badges and using Moodle in no time at all!