Making skills & learning visible and discoverable with Open Badges

Open Badges is a global standard that seeded the digital micro-credentialing movement. It was created to recognise and verify learning wherever and whenever it happens, and enable skills recognition to be shared across the web. Grainne Hamilton contributed to the standard’s development from conceptualisation by Mozilla through to its stewardship by IMS Global (now 1EdTech). Services delivered included contributing authorship to the standard; contracting with Mozilla to create the concept and blueprints for Open Badge Pathways with the Open Badges team; aiding in the transition from Mozilla to IMS Global; founding the world’s first national Open Badges network; informing the creation of an open badge platform (the OBA); and steering group membership of the Open Badge Network, which provided recommendations for policy on digital credentials in the European Union.


Concept creation
Concept architecture
Collaborative design sessions
UX / UI design
Implementation tools
Recommendations for policy
Open community contribution

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Global companies use the Open Badge standard for digital credentialing


Open Badges issued (as of 2022; findings from 1EdTech & Credential Engine)


development to revolutionise recognition by initiating multi-sectoral initiatives and global policy on digital credentialing


National network in the world to research Open Badge application across sectors & services

Regenerating Learning and Recognition with Open Badges

10 years on, has the Open Badge standard delivered the paradigm shift it promised?

Dec 17, 2021

Open Badges in 2020

What’s next, based on distance travelled in 2019?

Jan 17, 2020

7 trends I spotted in Open Badges in 2019

A retrospective on developments over the course of last year.

Jan 17, 2019

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