Wikimedia UK and Open Badges

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By January 2015, Open Badges have been a subject of discussion for well over two years in the Wikimedian community. Wikimedia UK is now looking at ways we can make some actual progress on this.

Meeting our Goals[edit | edit source]

  • Strategic goal G2a.3: Open Badges provide a structure in which we can acknowledge the skills and capabilities of our volunteers in an evidence-based fashion.
  • Strategic goal G2b.3: Open Badges provide an efficient way in which our impact can be measured through both the quality and quantity of the badges we issue.
  • Strategic goal G4.2: Open Badges constitute a robust and efficient toolset which will allow us to to allow support our own programmes and effectively record impact measures.
  • Strategic goal G5: This initiative will facilitate shared learning across the entire movement, as other chapters and WMF are starting to go down this road. By taking this forward we are playing a leading role in sharing good practice and acting as a focus for debate. Also we will be working with non-Wikimedia open knowledge groups to further our open knowledge vision (Mozilla, P2pU).

Situation in January 2015[edit | edit source]

Recent initiatives:

Sweden[edit | edit source]

Logic Model for Wikimedia Sweden's implementation of Open Badges
  • Our colleagues in Wikimedia Sweden have started using Open Badges in October 2014.
On (scroll down a bit and you will see the badges described in English). Also see Utveckling (Development) which is in English. is a web-based translation platform used to enhance Mediawiki

See also[edit | edit source]

IdeaLab[edit | edit source]

Historic discussions[edit | edit source]

2013 discussion[edit | edit source]

A discussion about Wikimedia UK using Open Badges took place in July 2013. It has been archived here

2012[edit | edit source]

Panel discussion: Assessment and accreditation in an age of open learning
Doug Belshaw (The Mozilla Foundation), on Open Badges

Notes[edit | edit source]

Methods of verifying/issuing[edit | edit source]

  • Expert / Mentor
  • Peer
  • Self-Assessment
  • Algorithmic / programmatic
  • Stealth (through Backpack)

Types of badges[edit | edit source]

  • Affiliation
  • Participation
  • Skill / Activity
  • Cumulative
  • Badge system
  • Endorsement
  • Early adopters
  • Mentors
  • Silly / playful
  • Soft skills / non-cognitive
  • Hard skills / cognitive
  • One-offs

Related links[edit | edit source]