Time to talk about tools

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Finally the day has come. We are eager to share. We hope you are eager to learn. Today we proudly present 2 tools to help you create Open Badges. We show you why we did them, how we did them and how you can use them. We even show you how you can import and start using our 9 badges in your own organisation/setting.

This way you can learn from our mistakes and get up to speed on creating your own badges. But rest assured. We will not bore you with all the details of what we did and did not do the last five years. Rather, we will give you a distilled version, focusing on what you can use.

You do not want to miss this.

Join the live broadcast 18 May 2018 at 13.00 CET

30 minutes of pure gold


We huffed and we puffed, we discussed and we developed. And then we went live.

The beginning was not too promising. The facebook live broadcast would not start. The sound was dead. The image was tilted. And we were heading for a disaster.

Then something happened and everything started working, more or less.

We were live. And we managed to condense two and a half years of development work into a tight 30 minutes of experience sharing. When you watch this broadcast you will get to know our 9 badges, why we made them, how to use them, and how they can help in teacher competence development.

We think our eco-system of badges is really quite good. But don’t take my word for it, check for yourself!

Watch (and share) the recording of the webinar here.

PS, to make the recording more useful we polished the slow start. now it looks quite ok.

If you have comments or questions, head over to our facebook page “Open Badges for Adult Educators” and ask away!

From competence to the badge

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With the help of of Nordplus Adult project funding, a group of Open Badge experts in non-formal adult education have developed a systematic approach and created a set of nine badges to validate certain adult educator key competences. They have learnt a lot about criteria, validation procedures, descriptors, quality control and procedures along the way.

Now it’s time to share. We offer 2 live broadcasts on Facebook on 17 and 18 of May, each 45 min long. All secrets will be revealed. And you are invited.

On 17 May 13.00 (Swedish time) we present our 9 badges, what they are, how you can take them, what we learned, and discuss with you about how to use them. You are most welcome to participate! The day is open to all. If you have created a badge (or several) or are in the process of making them, this broadcast is for you!

On 18 May 13.00 (Swedish time) we present our tools, the criteria guide that is open for all to use.

Read more and get the link to the broadcast here

Gothenburg workshop on FB live!

You now have the chance to learn all the good stuff about how to make open badges. We have toiled. we have worked. We have learned. Now we share.

17.5. 13.00 (Swedish time) Our Nine Badges to rule them all. Live on Facebook. No registration needed.

18.5. 13.00 (Swedish time) How we made it all work, our understanding of Criteria, our internal playbook and check list. All free. All for you. Live on Facebook. No registration needed.


“Let’s talk about competence – and badge it!”

Open Badges have been around for some years as a digital credentials system.
The badge movement is gaining momentum in all areas of learning and education.

With the help of of Nordplus Adult project funding, a group of Open Badge experts in non-formal adult education have developed a systematic approach and created a set of nine badges to validate certain adult educator key competences. They have learnt a lot about criteria, validation procedures, descriptors, quality control and procedures along the way.

Now it’s time to share. During a one day workshop in Göteborg on 17 May 2018 all secrets will be revealed. And you are invited.

The programme includes discussions on how to best describe competences, what badge systems to use, how to develop good criteria and how you get from your idea to a ready-made badge. You are most welcome to participate! The day is open to all. If you have created a badge (or several) or are in the process of making them, this day is for you!

This is a practical workshop. You will get the most out of the day by preparing a little. Consider what you would like to recognise by using open badges (a specific competence, participation, or something else). Think about who you want to badge (learners, teachers, volunteers or others).

You will be able to create and test your badge(s). You will get feedback on your criteria, design and scope. You will learn about badge ecosystems, badge platforms and badge creation steps.

The more you prepare the better your badge will be. Once you register we will send you a guide and a checklist to help you get ready.

The workshop is free of charge. Participants must pay their own travel costs and lunch.

When: 17 May 2018

Organised by: Folkuniversitetet Göteborg

Venue:  Folkuniversitetet, Norra Allégatan 6

Register before 10 May 2018

Seminar “Open badges in adult education”

24th November 2017
European information centre, Gedimino pr. 16, Vilnius, Lithuania  

Registration (Deadline 15th November)

If you are working in lifelong learning and are willing to explore how open digital badges can help your organisation to recognise competences of adult educators, then this is the right event for you. An international team of experts from Finland, Sweden and Lithuania has conducted a survey identifying core competences of a good adult educator. The result (over 200 replies) has fed into the creation of Open Badges on 3 core competences for adult educators. At this event we will present, test and collect feedback about the system together with you. The day consists of two parts. One part presents the methodology, the system, and the learning concepts we build upon. The second is a hands-on workshop for you to start developing your own badge system. Please indicate in the registration form if you are planning to take part in the first or second or both workshops. Of course everyone is also invited for the common networking lunch from 13:00 to 14:30.

This seminar is a multiplying event for the international project “Open badges in folkbildning”, supported by Nordplus programme. It is free of charge.

Off-roads certification for the digital society

Strenghthen your CV with Open badges or find people with the right skills.

Open Badges are emerging as a way of validating and showcasing competence. They can be designed to acknowledge skills, attitudes, experience and achievements that do not fit in formal grading systems. Open Badges are digital by default and ready to be displayed in online contexts. They are being used in schools, volunteering and companies’ staff training.

How can we – educators, employers, tech experts, 21st century citizens – deploy Open Badges to bridge the competence recognition gap between sectors, for example between the volunteering sector and the labour market?

Join us in a “silent webinar” on Open Badges and meet badge developer Laimonias Ragauskas from the Lithuanian organisation LiNA. Laimonas has worked with Mozilla and Badgecraft and is currently helping youth organisations to promote new ways of showcasing skills and competences for a transformed society. He will present badge systems and digital badges portfolios that have been developed for European validation.

Laimonas will also address challenges and needs for further innovation in Open Badges that connect skills, development work and employers.

Grab a lunch, plug your earphones in and connect to



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You can follow the webinar live on Monday, 21 November and Tuesday 22 November at CET 12.55-13.20. If you intend to take part via your mobile phone you will need to install the Adobe Connect app.
Welcome to talk to us at Internetdagarna in the Digidel-stand or in Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/openbadges/ or on Twitter using #folkbadge.

Webinar: Quality in Open Badges


This webinar, organized by the Nordplus project Open Badges for Folkbildning, looks at the thorny issue of quality.  Grainne Hamilton from DigitalMe is the right person to lead us into the world of Open Badges, focusing on current development issues, and especially questions of quality. You will also get to know the project, network with likeminded people, and ask questions about the status, challenges and future of Open Badges. This is 1 hour well spent!

Register here: http://bit.ly/OpenBadgesWebinar2016

Date: 19.10.
Deadline for registration: 17.10.
Language: English
Cost: This webinar is free
Duration: The webinar will last 1 hour. We will start at 14.30 CET

Grainne Hamilton is the Programme Director for Higher Education and Adult Learning with DigitalMe.
Grainne’s varied background includes leading the development of the Jisc Open Badges Toolkit, contributing to the Mozilla Discover project, which involved developing badge-based pathways to employment, as well as founding and facilitating the Open Badges in Scottish Education Group. Most recently, she was Senior Consultant at Blackboard, which involved helping a global range of clients make best use of their teaching and learning systems. At DigitalMe, Grainne contributes her expertise to a range of projects and further develops the Open Badges ecosystem in Scotland.

Webinar participation guide:  http://oersverige.se/taking-part-in-a-webinar/

More about DigitalMe

DigitalMe is re-imagining learning for the 21st Century & equipping young people with the skills and competencies they need to thrive in work and life.

We don’t accept that learning should be dull for children or irrelevant for employers. We have seen that when young people are provided with the right tools, projects and real world opportunities, amazing learning can happen.

We are dedicated to helping educators use technology for the development of authentic learning experiences, which are relevant, challenging, fun and prepare young people for success in life and work.

Using Mozilla Open Badges, we are working together with teachers, charities and employers to create a new digital currency that recognises all young people’s skills and talents.

By embracing open standards and partnership working we aim to transform the learning landscape and increase the life chances of young people.

We are a not-for-profit organisation funded by foundations and through project design and delivery. Any profit we make goes back into the development of our learning programmes to reach the most disadvantaged learners.