We are happy to announce that our collaboration to build the first instance of open digital badges in Open edX is a success. This week the group presented the first digital badges in Lorena Barba's MOOC at the Open edX conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This collaboration features the hard work of Lorena Barba and her team, IBL Studios, Achievery, and the CRLT at Indiana University.
|Lorena Barba (GWU) and Michael Amigot (IBL Studios)|
Our group of collaborators, including Michael Amigot of IBL Studios who helped Dr. Barba launch her MOOC, set the very ambitious goal of being able to issue digital badges in mid-November, leading up to the Open edX conference. Perhaps the reason why digital badges have not yet been deployed in edX is due to the fact that it is over 500,000 lines of code; finding the "seams" to build in badges is a difficult task. IBL Studios has extensive work with Open edX coding, so they would be able to build in badge functionality.
|Collaboration Team (L to R): Kerri Lemoie, Dan Hickey, Lorena Barba, Michael Amigot, Damian Ewans|
|The First Badge in Open edX|
From the initial collaboration, the group decided that building this instance is an important step to issuing badges in the edX platform, but it could not be an exclusive relationship. Rather, by creating a space for entrepreneurship, the intent is for Achievery to continue offering digital badges in future edX MOOC courses, but to also create the space for other providers to offer OBI-compliant badges, too. This is in the spirit of open education and spreading the many learning, assessment, and job-ready benefits of open digital badges.