Planet Badges

Claim your Kanban 101 badge!

Doug Belshaw

Tue Jun 30 2015 08:57:38 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Kanban 101 badgeYesterday, in HOWTO: Trello Kanban I showed how to use Trello for a Kanban-style workflow. It’s already proved to be one of the most popular posts I’ve written this year, and was picked up by the Trello team!

To me, the logical next step is to issue an Open Badge for getting started with a Trello-based Kanban system. That’s why I’ve created the Kanban 101 badge.

It’s deliberately low-bar. All you have to do is:

  • Set up a Trello account
  • Create a new board with (at least) three lists: To do, Doing, and Done
  • Add cards for new actions
  • Share a screenshot or link to their board being used in practice

If you get stuck, you can always watch the screencast I recorded yesterday!


Not received an Open Badge before? There’s more about the Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI) here. Once you’ve earned the Kanban 101 badge you’ll be given the option to ‘push’ it to the Mozilla backpack:

Kanban badge acceptance

I’m using p2pu.org to issue badges as they’ve got a really nice traffic light-based flow for reviewing evidence.

Claim your Kanban 101 badge now!

(note that this is in no way affiliated with Trello, I’m just a fan!)

IBL Studios Issues an Open Source Badging Platform

Re-mediating Assessment

Fri Jun 19 2015 14:14:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

by James Willis

We worked with Michael Amigot at IBL Studios in a previous project to launch the first instance of open badges in Open edX in Lorena Barba's Python MOOC at George Washington University. The code to issues badges is now available at GitHub as an open source tool for those interested in issuing their own Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI)-compliant badges. IBL designed this to be "[a] platform to award your own institution's badges. The badges you create and earn with this server are compatible with the specifications of the OpenBadges project."

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The potential of Chirp.io to send Open Badges between people and devices

Doug Belshaw

Wed Jun 03 2015 20:05:48 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Chirp.io and Open Badges

Back in 2012 I remember coming across an ingenious service for sending data between mobile devices using sound. I promptly forgot about it until recently when I re-discovered Chirp.io.

There’s existing apps for Android and iOS, along with a Google Chrome extension. It’s great for things like:

  • quickly sharing a photo with a friend
  • sharing contact details
  • sending a link to a class set of 1:1 devices.

Chirp is kind of a like a super-simple version of an overly-engineered protocol such as Bluetooth.

During my lunch break today, after a brief exchange on Twitter, I went along and met Patrick (the founder) and Richard (CEO) to pitch Open Badges to them. It seems like such a great fit: issuing badges using a chirp!

They were excited about the idea and want to explore it further so I’m using this post as a reference to point people towards. There’s an SDK for Chirp, they’re about to launch a web-native version, and if you join their crowdfunding campaign (as I’ve done) you get an equity stake in the company!

I’m closing comments here to discuss the potential of Chirp and badges in the Open Badges Google Group. Join in the conversation!

Image CC BY-ND Bryan Mathers

Extending Badges [DMLcentral]

Doug Belshaw

Fri May 29 2015 08:01:54 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Extending Badges [DMLcentral]My latest post for DMLcentral is up. Entitled Extending Badges, I try and explain the social and pedagogical uses of the v1.1 update to the Open Badges specifciation. The fantastic image accompanying my words was kindly provided by Bryan Mathers.

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I’ve turned off comments here to encourage you to comment over there. Please do consider commenting, even if you’re just +1’ing what the article says. I enjoy writing for DMLcentral and elsewhere and the conversation around my posts shows reader engagement!