Mozilla launched its Open Badges software, which allows any organization to issue verified online learning badges and any individual to receive and collect those badges. A digital badge is an online representation, like a certificate or a degree, of a learned or demonstrated skill. Users can display all of their badges collected from different sources in one place and have the option to share them over social media and personal websites or blogs, as well. The badges, once collected, link back to the issuer and provide information on the criteria for earning a particular badge. More than 600 organizations have already signed on and are in the process of implementing a badge system. Open Badges was produced with support and collaboration by MacArthur.
Digital Media & Learning
MacArthur is exploring how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. The goal is to make education more powerful for all students by creating more opportunities for more youth to engage in learning that is relevant to their lives and prepares them for success in school, the workplace, and their community.