Mozilla releases software to offer learning "badges"

March 15, 2013

Mozilla has released free software that allows for a new way to recognize learning: digital badges. The digital badges denote specific skills that employers might look for, such as experience with HTML or social networking. Some professors in the US have already been experimenting with badges, awarding them to students for class participation or for mastering certain sections of a course. With the Open Badges 1.0 software, Mozilla hopes to offer an open standard for using those kinds of badges to verify and recognize skills students can learn that may not always be obvious with a degree. Mozilla says that more than 600 organizations are already participating in Open Badges. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)