Open Badges; issuing with the xAPI

Online learning is becoming more complex. It’s social, gamified, blended, active, synchronous, informal and all the rest of it. Simply getting a certificate for turning up and consuming content seems somewhat inappropriate as a measure of learning.

Bryan Mathers; CC BY-SA 2.0

How you participate in the learning process is worthy of recognition; your input could be vastly different to the next person. We know we can use the xAPI to start tracking all of these different forms of activity. But this data is often too granular to be meaningful on a wider scale. Statements of activity alone are meaningless. What we need is a modern recognition system for learning that can tap into the evidence provided by the xAPI and provide context for all that activity. Enter Open Badges.

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