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ERIC Number: EJ1212520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2311-1550
Open Badges as Credentials in Open Education Systems: Case Studies from Greece and Europe
Papadimitriou, Sofia Theodor; Niari, Maria Ioannis
Journal of Learning for Development, v6 n1 p49-63 2019
Open Badges are digital representations of achievements or skills which describe the framework, significance, and outcomes of a learning procedure based on specific criteria. The "Open Badges' collection" can be used by its holder as a virtual CV of skills and qualifications. The practice of development, issue, and use of badges is connected with gamification elements, as badges are seen as incentives towards positive behavior and are powerful pedagogical tools. Furthermore, the use of Open Badges could become an alternative certification system for skills and knowledge acquired in online, blended and other informal learning environments and systems. In this article, we present case studies in which Open Badges have been used as credentials for educational practices in pilot educational systems, either in non-formal or informal learning systems, with specific emphasis on open learning environments. Key insights from these case studies highlight the extended use of Open Badges and stress the need for a common evaluation and accreditation system in open online learning environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece; Europe