“Badges offer a tremendous opportunity to tell the story of learning across all spaces of a learner’s life.”
— Nichole Pinkard, Associate Professor, DePaul University

Working Groups

Working Groups are a way for you or your organization to connect with others working on similar badging initiatives, find the best resources to support your work, and contribute to the overall growth of the ecosystem. Click on the links below to find out more about the current Working Groups.

  • small-educators
  • small-highered
  • small-cities
  • small-digitalliteracy
  • small-endorsement
  • small-globalization
  • small-openbadgesstandard
  • small-infrastructure
  • small-messaging
  • small-research
  • small-workforce

Upcoming Events

Cities & Network-wide Badge Systems

This group is focused on building and connecting badge systems across cities and other networks. The Cities of Learning initiative is one example of how... More »


This group is exploring the ways to link badges to jobs, internships, career advancement and other opportunities within the workforce. As well as higher education... More »

Open Badge Standard

This group is focused on shaping the evolution of the open badge standard. To date, the standard has been a series of technical specifications. The goal... More »

Mozilla Festival

MozFest is Mozilla's annual festival for the people who care about the culture, mechanics and citizenship of the web. Each year web enthusiasts meet to revel,... More »

Badge Alliance Blog

July 8, 2014

July 8 Webinar: Building Trust in Connected Learning Environments

Why Does Trust Matter in Connected Learning Environments? Tuesday, July 8, 2014 @ 11am PDT / 2pm EDT / 7pm BST We are happy to announce that HASTAC and the MacArthur Foundation are hosting a webinar tomorrow about trust in connected learning environments, a topic that gets right to the heart of a healthy badge ecosystem. They even have some famous badge people joining them, including our very own Carla Casilli and Nichole Pinkard, as well as Barry Joseph! ------------------------------------ Interested in thinking how technology, policies, and practices could build more trusted learning environments? Join HASTAC / MacArthur Foundation to discuss Building Trust in Connected Learning  More »

June 26, 2014

10 Million Better Futures Through Open Badges Commitment Made at CGI America 2014

10 Million Better Futures to scale up existing badge ecosystem to a global level to benefit 10 million workers and students by 2016. Yesterday the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the Badge Alliance, announced a new Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, to further increase access to opportunities in education and the workforce using open badges – digital credentials for knowledge and skills – to improve the futures of 10 million students and workers worldwide. “Open Badges is an exciting new way to recognize and capture learning wherever it happens — in school, in the community or  More »

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