A Minimal Badge Issuer setup

To get started issuing Open Badges doesn’t require too much when using Badgr. This describes a simple way to begin creating Open Badges.

Here’s a list of what you’ll need and the steps you’ll take

What you Need

  • Setup an account for the “Issuer” on Badgr (setup the Issuer Record)
  • An idea of what Badge is being awarded including a description of the achievement or skill the Badge represents. (Badge Class and Criteria Set)
  • A Graphical representation of the Badge for display. (image)
  • A web server whose URL will display the details of the achievement or skill the Badge represents (Criteria Set).
  • The email address of the person (Badgee) you’re awarding the badge to.

Steps to issue a Badge

Once you’ve setup your account and created a Badge class (including the image) in Badgr, and setup a “page” for what the Badge represents on your server, you’re ready to issue a Badge.

  1. You enter the Badgee’s (recipient’s) email.
  2. Your issuer record and the URL from the Badge Class are used to create a digitally-signed electronic badge in the form of an “assertion” (the issuer asserts that the Badgee has met the criteria to be awarded the badge).
  3. The badge is sent to the Badgee’s email and it’s up to them whether to accept the badge by responding.
  4. If the badge is accepted, the badge is conferred and can be displayed.

Displaying a Badge

Because Badges are intended to be “carried” around by the user and displayed on websites of the Badgee’s choice, there are many choices.

Badgr provides the ability to display your own badges. Although this requires the Badgee to create their own account on Badgr, it provides a useful and consistent way for Badgee’s to display their badges.  More robust solutions would provide their own way of presenting badges for the user if they choose not to “transport” their badges, but the intent of Open Badges is to treat them as a sort of “currency”.

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