SSSC awards our first Mozilla Open Badges

We’re adopting Mozilla Open Badges as part of our increasing suite of digital learning tools for the social care workforce.

sssc open badgesOpen Badges are digital certificates which recognise learning and achievement and are easily displayed online.

The first badges will be awarded to participants and contributors who were at the Carers Strategy Learning and Sharing Event on 17 February 2015; an event jointly organised between the SSSC, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and funded by Scottish Government.

We’ll also be awarding badges to participants who attended the Small Changes, Big Difference; Smarter Learning for Self-Directed Support (SDS) event on 26 February 2015.  This event, organised by the SSSC and the SDS Workforce Project Board, was for people to develop and share experiences and approaches to learning that can to help make the vision of SDS a reality.

Getting started

If you were at either of these events, expect an email at the beginning of March with a link to claim your Open Badge.  If this is your first Open Badge, we’ve made this short video to help you started.

What are Open Badges?

Open Badges:

  • are digital records of your achievements and skills
  • link to your assessment and evidence for that badge
  • recognise both your formal and informal learning
  • give tangible value to the reflection you put into learning from different sources.

An Open Badge is more than just an image.  Computer readable data stored within the badge, known as metadata, provides information about:

  • what the badge is for
  • what you had to do to earn it
  • who awarded the badge
  • links to evidence of the work completed to gain the badge when you were awarded the badge and whether or not it will expire.

Anybody can earn Open Badges and manage and display them online.  All you need is an email address.

Open Badges give you a comprehensive way of keeping track of your skills, knowledge and achievements and displaying them when you need to. Your badges can be managed in a virtual “backpack”, just like an online portfolio.  This is a single place on the internet where you can keep any badges awarded to you.  From the backpack, it’s up to you to decide whether to accept badges you’ve been awarded and whether or not you want them to be publicly visible.

Find out more

Find out more about Open Badges and the badges being issued by the SSSC at: badges.sssc.uk.com

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