Taxonomy of Digital Badges / Open Badges
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1 Content-related categories (what the badge represents)
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1.1 Achievement badges (demonstration of achievements)
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1.2 Capability badges (demonstration of knowledge, skills, competence).
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1.3 Potential badges (indicators of future performance)
What does this mean? Is it a learning contract? Visual representation of future activities...?
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1.4 Participation badges (evidence of participation, e.g. events)
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1.5 Membership badges (represents membership, e.g. club)
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1.6 Commitment badges (attitudes, values, beliefs)
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1.7 Encouragement badges (good work stamps)
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2 Issuer-related categories (who issued the badge)
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2.1 Organisational badges (issued by university, employer)
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2.2 Team badges (issued by teams, groups)
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2.3 Social badges (issued by peers, communities)
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2.4 Vendor badges (issued by product vendors to clients)
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3 Process-related categories (how the badge was achieved)
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3.1 Activity badges (based on single measurable learning activity)
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3.2 Mission badges (based on a series of activities)
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3.3 Assignment badges (based on completing a single assignment)
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3.4 Composite badges (achieved by completing multiple assignments)
Same as Milestone badges?
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3.5 Progress badges (based on the progress on a given task)Does this need to be an Open Badge?
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3.6 Grade-based badges (based on formal grades)
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3.7 Hierarchical badges (based on several levels)Same as composite badges?
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4 Endorsement categories (how the badge was evaluated)
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4.1 Quality endorsement (quality organization)
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4.2 Consumer endorsement (e.g. employer)
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5 Alignment categories (where the badge can be mapped)
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5.1 Alignment framework, position in the framework
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5.2 Weight (how?!)
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6 New category (Level of Effort)
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6.1 Nano BadgeRead an article, attended session, all 60 minutes or less
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6.2 Open BadgeCompleted a series of Nano badge events - normal badge concept
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6.3 Macro BadgeSeries of badges now equals a curriculum completionprobably same as hierarchical badge
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