Back in May, I had the chance to work with Ben Wilkoff (Denver Public Schools) to discuss criteria for selecting a badging platform for professional development.
Here’s the list that we generated (that was later ok’d by the Distributed PD Team):
- Transferability – Ability to take a badge or series of badges from one place to another.
- Connected Badges – Quest, collections, progressions
- Badge Sizes – One collection of badges could lead to another badge
- “Interoperability” – multiple issuers; ours play nice with others;
- White-Labeling – Branding of your organization within the badge ecosystem
- Follow some standard – has the “correct fields on the back”
- Image support for badges – standards for badge creation.
- Name standards
- Color Standards
- See branding above
- Project/Portfolio-based – supports evidence from external sources (uploading docs, links, etc.)
- Alignment to competencies – defined within Auburn.
- Individual teachers can manage a collection of badges from a variety of issuers
It should be noted, too, that there is a standard for badging: OpenBadges (and the standards here). As much as possible, what ever badging platform we select, we would like it to meet the OpenBadges standard.