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Open Badges 2.0 (OBv2)

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Summary

Open Badges are information-rich visual representations of verifiable achievements earned by recipients. The Open Badges standard describes a method for packaging information about accomplishments, embedding it into portable image files as digital badges, and establishing resources for its validation and verification. In other words, Open Badges contain detailed metadata about achievements such as who earned a badge, who issued it, and what it means. The data is all inside.
 
Open Badges 2.0 provides new features such as endorsements, internationalization and multi-lingual capabilities, versioning, improvements for accessibility, and full adoption of JSON-LD.
 
IMS Global is responsible for managing and advancing the Open Badges specification—a vital component of the digital credentials ecosystem. Open Badges is designed for compatibility and interoperability with the other IMS standards related to digital credentials: Extended Transcript and Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange® 
 

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Background

Verifiable digital credentials such as Open Badges are an increasingly important means for educational institutions, employers, and other learning organizations to recognize a learner's skills, competencies, and achievements.

Designed based on learner-agency principles, Open Badges put learners in control of their credentials by enabling them to claim and display the badge on any platform. Open Badges are also portable rather than tied to one specific system (e.g., badging platform, learning management system, social media site). Open Badges contain rich metadata that provides information about the issuing organization, the recipient, and evidence that substantiates the earning of the badge.

Optional extensions to the standard allow Open Badges to include detailed information about assessments and additional information about an issuer’s accreditations relating to the credential. These elements help validate the rigor of the badge to audiences who review the credential, which may include fellow students, instructors, academic advisors, career center staff and others within the institution, as well as potential employers and peer networks. In these ways, badge owners can own, display, store, and share their Open Badges across an open digital credentialing ecosystem.

Get Involved

In January 2017, IMS Global assumed responsibility to lead the evolution of the Open Badges specification and to ensure the sustainability of the future Open Badges ecosystem. IMS is committed to furthering the adoption, integration, and transferability of learners' digital credentials within and across institutions, non-traditional learning opportunities, and employment centers.

Contact us to learn more about how you can get involved in the Open Badges Workgroup or for more information about the IMS Global Digital Credentials Initiative.

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