We’ve partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) Practice and Development Team to issue Open Badges to people working in social services and carers.
With more than 180,000 people living with sight loss across Scotland, it is essential that professionals have useful information to help support people who use their service.
Open Badges are a straightforward way to collect, manage and share evidence of learning in today’s digital world. You can collect them to evidence your learning and share them in places that matter to you, including offline as printable certificates. When you show your badge to someone, they will be able to see the criteria for issuing the badge and any evidence you provided to prove you met that criteria.
Four RNIB badges are already available for you to gain:
- Learning disability and sight loss top tips guides
- Sight loss and dementia top tips guides
- Understanding sight loss in people with learning disabilities
- Understanding sight problems for people with dementia.
Each badge has its own criteria listing what you need to do before you can submit evidence to apply for it. These include working through RNIB learning resources, applying your learning through activities in your workplace and completing a piece of work to reflect on your learning.
Talking about the new badges, Iain Kennedy, RNIB UK Training and Development Manager, said:
‘Using the Open Badge platform allows staff and carers to access vital resources to increase awareness and understanding of sight loss and ‘hidden’ sight loss for people with complex needs.
‘With at least 60% of people with learning disabilities having sight loss, it was important to partner with the SSSC to make sure information and learning in this area was available to all staff and carers.’
RNIB will assess Open Badge applications and you will receive your badge or a decision on your application within 28 days. To improve your chances of being successful, we recommended you achieve the Writing evidence for Open Badges badge before applying.
We expect to have more RNIB badges in the future and you’ll find these on RNIB’s page on SSSC Open Badges when they become available .
Why gain Open Badges?
- You can collect evidence of learning as you go.
- Recognition for otherwise unrecognised informal learning.
- Badges which include reflective accounts from you can demonstrate your understanding of a subject . They’re not just a certificate of completion.
- Demonstrate your commitment to continuous learning.
- You can share online, group them together in a portfolio and download printable certificates.
- Badges can provide evidence for and back up what you say on your CV, application form or at a job interview.
- If you are registered with the SSSC badges that include well written reflective accounts can contribute to your post registration training and learning (PRTL).
- You own your badges and they won’t disappear if you change employer.