Today, we’re proud to announce a number of major educational and workforce development organizations including Pearson, edX, Educational Testing Service (ETS), Workforce.io and more have committed to adopting the Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning in Redwood City, CA, where more than 250 people have gathered to discuss how to recognize achievements, competencies, and skills wherever and however they are learned.
There are now more than 2000 organizations issuing badges that align with the Open Badges standard. Mozilla is supporting this growth through the release of BadgeKit, an out-of-the-box offering for organizations looking to issue and recognize badges. Additionally, we’re very excited about the creation of the Badge Alliance, a new network of organizations that are committed to developing and growing a badge ecosystem with shared values including openness, giving learners agency, and innovation; to be headed by Mozilla’s Open Badges pioneer, Erin Knight.
Mozilla first began working on the Open Badges project with the MacArthur Foundation and the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) in 2011 as an attempt to create a universal way of recognizing the learning that happens everywhere — both inside and outside of the classroom. Though others had previously explored this idea, it was the “open” part that made Open Badges so unique; by keeping the tech and infrastructure open source, we ensured that we weren’t just creating more silos, but rather building the foundation of an ecosystem to foster and recognize the holistic way we now learn.
We’re excited that these new education and workforce organizations will be joining the ecosystem, and anticipate the arrival of additional major partners in the months to come. Read the details below, and follow along what’s happening at the Open Badges Summit on Twitter with Pearson: Pearson has launched Acclaim, an enterprise-class Open Badge platform built to support the world’s most prestigious credentialing organizations and post-secondary academic institutions.