Open Badges in 2014

A look back at the achievements of the badging community in 2014.

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2014-01-01 00:00:00

Start of year statistics

Our current numbers for badges, issuers, backpacks and organizations engaging with Open Badges.

2014-01-06 12:00:00

Badges are part of education's exciting future

EdWeek asked 32 education leaders what they were excited about, and badges made the list.

2014-01-08 12:00:00

Mblem badges launched at the University of Michigan

The M-STEM Academy at the University of Michigan launch their digital badging system for student recognition and validation.

2014-01-09 12:00:00

Evidencing employability skills with Open Badges

There was focused and lively discussion at "Open Badges: Ways to Evidence Employability," an event held at the University of the West of Scotland.

2014-01-11 12:00:00

1m credentials to be issued via Achievery in 2014

As the new year kicks off, Achievery predicts that their platform will be used to issue 1 million credentials to learners around the world.

2014-01-14 12:00:00

Open Badge Factory launched

Open Badge Factory launches piloting phase of their cloud platform for badge management.

2014-01-20 12:00:00

Design Principles Documentation Project report published

The Badge Design Principles Documentation Project team at Indiana University publishes their research findings.

2014-01-26 12:00:00

Credly announces latest release of Open Credit plus developers' portal

Credly releases the latest version of Open Credit, the world’s leading API for digital badges, as well as a new developers’ resource portal.

2014-01-26 12:00:00

Open Badges MOOC: Badges & Competency-Based Learning

New live sessions of the Open Badges MOOC kick off with a discussion of competency-based learning and badges.

2014-01-30 12:00:00

Digital Me at BETT 2014

Digital Me ran the Badge The UK area at BETT, one of the world's leading learning technology events, held in London.

2014-01-31 12:00:00

Badges 101 Webinar

The Open Badges Webinar Series kicks off with Badges 101: Digging into Badges.

2014-02-05 12:00:00

Open Badges: disrupting higher education

Kevin Browne writes a piece on 4 Platforms That Will Disrupt Higher Education for HASTAC, listing Open Badges as one of the disruptors.

2014-02-11 12:00:00

Badge Alliance Launch

The Badge Alliance is announced at the Summit to Reconnect Learning.

2014-02-17 12:00:00

The Badge Alliance

Erin Knight dives into some of the thinking behind the launch of the Badge Alliance.

2014-02-18 12:00:00

Open Badges commitments from major organizations

Pearson, edX, Educational Testing Service,, and more announce intentions to align with the Open Badges Standard.

2014-02-23 12:00:00

Badges to acknowledge open practices for research papers

The Open Science Framework (OSF) proposes the use of badges by journals to recognize open practices in scientific research.

2014-02-28 12:00:00

Open Badges MOOC: Assessment Strategies for Effective Badge Systems

Live session of the Open Badges MOOC: New Currency for Professional Credentials.

2014-03-05 12:00:00

Open Badges at SXSWedu

The Badge Alliance team lead three sessions on open badges at the 2014 SXSWedu conference and festival in Austin, TX.

2014-03-07 12:00:00

YALSA Twitter take-over invites Open Badges to participate

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) turns over its Twitter to a different partner each day of Teen Tech Week, March 9-15, 2014.

2014-03-13 12:00:00

Open Badges Case Studies

An initial set of open badges case studies are released on the Summit to Reconnect Learning site.

2014-03-19 12:00:00

Badge Maker Project launch

We Are Snook announce the launch of their Badge Maker Project, including online and offline tools for badge creation.

2014-03-21 12:00:00

A Foundational Badge System Design

Director of Design + Practice Carla Casilli outlines a foundational 3-part model for badge system design.

2014-03-24 12:00:00

Open Badges in eCampus News

eCampus News features a piece on "9 reasons why badges are better than degrees."

2014-03-25 12:00:00

OER Commons introduces badges

New OER Commons badges are launched to recognize community contributors' skills and expertise.

2014-03-29 12:00:00

Doug Belshaw still believes in badges

Doug Belshaw, former Badges & Skills Lead at Mozilla, talks about his reasons for believing in open badges for learning.

2014-03-30 12:00:00

Open Badges in Forbes Magazine

Patrick Hanlon writes about a "new merit badge economy" in this piece for Forbes Magazine

2014-04-03 12:00:00

Changes on the Open Badges team

Badge Alliance Marketing + Community Manager Jade Forester shares some of the transitions and changes on the badges team.

2014-04-04 12:00:00

Digital Badges for teachers through VIF Learn's Global Gateway

VIF International Education provides an introduction to digital badges for teachers.

2014-04-08 12:00:00

Duke of York and Nominet launch iDEA Digital Enterprise Award scheme

The Duke of York and Nominet Trust launch an initiative to encourage young people to start their own business ventures.

2014-04-08 12:00:00

Open Badges in education: blog series on Extreme Networks

Bob Nilsson at Extreme Networks examines the disruptive potential of digital badges in a blog series on badges in education.

2014-04-14 12:00:00

Kicking off the Badge Alliance Working Groups

The initial set of Badge Alliance Working Groups kick off the first work cycle in April.

2014-04-20 12:00:00

Badges and competency-based education at Lipscomb College

Inside Higher Ed looks at Lipscomb University as a model for competency-based programs in the liberal arts.

2014-04-21 22:43:07

Rhode Island students earn credit for out-of-school work through badges

Providence Career and Technical Academy offers Rhode Island’s first high school pre-engineering course, complete with badges.

2014-04-25 12:00:00

Badges have revolutionary potential

Charles Taylor Kerchener writes about the revolutionary potential of digital badges for Education Week.

2014-04-26 01:00:00

Indiana University badges research presented at AERA conference

Professor Dan Hickey and his research team presented their work on badges at the American Educational Research Association conference.

2014-04-30 12:00:00

'Ciudad Escuela' exploring badges for citywide learning in Madrid, Spain.

Alberto Corsín Jiménez shares his research into building open source urban infrastructures in a Madrid plaza.

2014-05-03 12:00:00

Connected Learning TV webinar series on the Cities of Learning

Connected Learning TV dives into the 2014 Cities of Learning in a webinar series throughout the month of May.

2014-05-06 12:00:00

Digital Promise publish paper on badges for teachers

Digital Promise and Getting Smart publish a paper titled "Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning: Competency-based Teacher Preparation & Development."

2014-05-07 12:00:00

Frank Catalano on why we do need badges for education

Frank Catalano of Intrinsic Strategy responds to badge skeptics in a piece for EdNET.

2014-05-13 12:00:00

Badges at George Brown College

George Brown College in Toronto launches a digital badge program to recognize students.

2014-05-17 12:00:00

Mozilla introduces visual design templates for badge issuers

Emily Goligoski, former Product + Design Researcher at Mozilla, shares new visual design templates for badges on her blog.

2014-05-20 12:00:00

Open Badges MOOC: The Badge Alliance

Live session of the Open Badges MOOC: New Currency for Professional Credentials.

2014-05-24 12:00:00

Testing Mozilla Webmaker Badges

The Mozilla Webmaker team are testing new badges for Super Mentors and Hive Community Members.

2014-05-28 12:00:00

Badges for the Cardiff University Pain Community Centre

The Pain Community Centre at Cardiff University in Wales has added open badges to its professional development platform.

2014-05-29 12:00:00

Badges at Digital 2014

The first day of Digital 2014 in Newport, Wales, saw a lot of presentations and conversations about open badges.

2014-06-03 12:00:00

10 Promising Practices & Possibilities for Using Digital Badges

Dr. Bernard Bull shares his thoughts on ways educators can use digital badges in their courses.

2014-06-04 12:00:00

Badge Alliance Wiki launch

The Badge Alliance announces the launch of its community wiki

2014-06-10 12:00:00

Cities of Learning launch

Six US cities announce citywide learning programming for youth as part of the 2014 Cities of Learning initiative.

2014-06-16 12:00:00

White House Maker Faire

Badges and the Cities of Learning are featured as part of the first-ever White House Maker Faire.

2014-06-17 12:00:00

Mozilla Discover launch

Mozilla Discover is a learning pathways prototype for mapping skills and badges.

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