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OpenBadges What is a Badge? badge [baj]: a special or distinctive mark, token, or device worn as a sign of allegiance, membership, authority, achievement, etc. (Source: A badge is a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest. From the Boy and Girl Scouts, to PADI diving instruction, to the more recently popular geo-location game, Foursquare, badges have been successfully used to set goals, motivate behaviors, represent achievements and communicate success in many contexts. A “digital badge” is an online record of achievements, tracking the recipient’s communities of interaction that issued the badge and the work completed to get it. Digital Badges vs Open Badges A digital badge is an online representation of a skill you’ve earned. Open Badges are: Free and open: Mozilla Open Badges is not proprietary. Open Badges make it easy to: What is Mozilla's Open Badges project? Learning today happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. Mozilla BadgeKit BadgeKit: Ready?

Open Badges Earning badges for learning new things is an entrenched idea. Legions of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have decorated their sashes with badges, demonstrating their mastery of various skills. A badge is a symbol of personal achievement that’s acknowledged by others. The Mozilla Foundation and Peer-to-Peer University (P2PU), among others, are working to create an alternative — and recognized — form of certification that combines merit-earned badges with an open framework. In the interview below, I talk with the project director, Mozilla’s Erin Knight (@eknight), about the genesis and goals of the Open Badges initiative. How did the Open Badges project come about? Erin Knight: At the core, it’s really just a general acknowledgement that learning looks very different today than traditionally imagined. This problem space is particularly interesting and important to Mozilla for a couple of reasons: Tell me about the technology infrastructure behind the Open Badges system. Related

Gamify 12 Gamification Platforms A major sign of the explosive growth that lies ahead for gamification, or making a non-game application more engaging by adding game-like features, is the packaging of game mechanics as an off-the-shelf solution by several emerging gamification platform vendors. Gamification technology has just been democratized. As marketers and software developers rush to tap into the increased engagement, fun, and loyalty of gamification, M2 Research predicts that this emerging space will generate $1.6B in revenue by 2015. Only a few months ago gamification was the province of a few mega-sensations like Foursquare and Zynga. Now it can be plugged into your website or app via licensing a third-party engine, widgets and APIs without writing a single line of code. Discover and visit some of the leading vendors in this emerging market in the running list below: 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) iActionable 10.) 11.) 12.) Game on.

A Checklist for Evaluating Gamification Platforms Conventional wisdom has it that sales people love competition. They want a challenge, beat their friends and colleagues, and be on top of the leaderboard. And sales managers constantly use carrots and competition, because this is what “motivates" sales agents. But is this true? We know that sales reps have to make money for the company. #1 Competition is the opposite of collaboration. When we consider the reason why we start companies, it’s because together we can achieve more than as individuals. #2 Only a handful of people compete. If you’ve used competition in the past, have you also crunched the numbers?