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@TheWayneGibbons I have to admit I have no idea what a 'badge' is in this context, let along an open one!

@omanreagan Ha! That's no problem! It's a hashtag that doesn't see much action on here. Open badges (in my context) are a way to recognise behaviour and learning that do not normally get recognition through "traditional" feedback like grades. There's way more to it than that, though. I made a video:

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@TheWayneGibbons @omanreagan Happy to read folks talking about the open in education here.

I'm not an expert in open badges, but dealing with Open Educational Resources (), Open Educational Practice () and the question how to make the default in teaching and learning - focus on Germany.

@TheWayneGibbons What do you think about tracking in a like does?

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@xldrkp I'm no expert either! I like the idea of openness in education, though and I have produced many OERs (in the form for video tutorials hosted on YouTube).

I think blockchain has the potential to add credibility and validity to badges, but I have to be honest, I know very little about it. I suggest maybe asking Doug Belshaw for views on blockchain. @dajbelshaw


@xldrkp @omanreagan @TheWayneGibbons Basically, blockchain-based digital credentials (including MITs Blockcerts, which are compatible with the Open Badges standard) are fine, but the use case, as far as I see it, is super high-stakes testing.

For everything else, regular Open Badges provide enough evidence and verification.

There's other useful things about blockchain, but immutability can have its downsides too...