10 years on, has the Open Badge standard delivered the paradigm shift it promised?

In 2011 an international competition encouraged organisations to enter ideas for revolutionising the delivery and recognition of learning. The Digital Media and Learning Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, funded by the Mozilla and MacArthur Foundations, and delivered by HASTAC, invited entries:

“to create badges — digital tools that identify and…

The 5 principles of ‘open’ and 11 case studies of how governments, industry and education are using them

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What do we mean by ‘open’?

Most people will have heard of open source software but being open in wider cultural and working contexts can be harder to define. So what is ‘open’ and how can it be used?

Opensource.com defines the 5 principles of open as:

  1. Transparency
  2. Inclusivity
  3. Adaptability
  4. Collaboration
  5. Community

When we think about…

5 ideas for using open approaches to empower citizens to recognise learning that happens everywhere, and contribute to resilient education structures

Over the last year, I have been working with government leaders to explore how they can use open approaches to deliver better, more resilient services. Then the Covid-19 pandemic happened, throwing a vast range of structures and services into chaos. …

Engaging openly early because more perspectives are better than one — starting with "co-design" calls

Despite the benefits, working in the open can be daunting for teams and organisations. It requires the courage to share things that aren’t quite right yet, that are works in progress, rather than presenting a finished product. It requires developing an open mindset, one that tends towards sharing early and…

Gráinne Hamilton

Consultant, facilitator and connector. Specialising in open leadership, open recognition and lifelong learning.

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