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  • Mozilla Foundation
  • Badges - New Currency for Professional Credentials

    Our Vision

    Blackboard, Mozilla, Sage Road Solutions, and WCET have initiated an international discussion on the role of badges as a new currency of exchange for high value, post-secondary credentials for professionals. Using a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) format for this highly collaborative discussion, we are exploring the ecosystem for a new credential economy based on badges and requirements for adopting such an approach, including:

    • Expanded flexible learning opportunities
    • Authentic, evidence-based assessment
    • Badge accreditation and employer recognition
    • Badge system design and implementation strategies
    • Infrastructure, technology, tools
    • Policy guidance
    • Funding

    Accessing the course:

    The course is offered through CourseSites by Blackboard and is available indefinitely. Get started here or use the "Badges - New Currency for Professional Credentials" link at the top right (under My Courses) to self-enroll.

    "Badges for Lifelong Learning: An Open Conversation," HASTAC consortium (

    Creative Commons License
    "Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials" by Blackboard, Mozilla, Sage Road Solutions, and WCET is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

    We encourage sharing, reuse, and remix of these course materials, in whole or in part, with attribution, for non-commercial purposes.

    You can download a Blackboard course package or a Common Cartridge course package.

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