Mozilla is making it easier to diversify your resume with Open Badges. Open Badges is a new way to display qualifications gained outside of traditional settings. The system works using issuers and earners. Issuers can be anything from after-school programs to online training courses. Earners are the people who successfully complete an issuer's course.
Earners can show off their badges through their Mozilla Backpack. The legitimacy of said badges is ensured by Mozilla's security settings. Badges can only be acquired if an issuer issues them and the earner agrees to take them. Additionally, the badges are created using secure metadata, which ensures that images of badges can't merely be copy and pasted into someone's backpack. It may only be a matter of time before people start including their Open Badges in their resume.
The Mozilla Open Badges Let You Tout Your Non-traditional Qualifications
1. Digital Credentialing - The rise of Open Badges allows individuals to display non-traditional qualifications digitally, opening up new opportunities for digital credentialing.
2. Alternative Education Recognition - Open Badges enable recognition of skills gained through alternative education programs, paving the way for non-traditional learning to be valued and acknowledged.
3. Transparent Qualification Verification - Mozilla's secure metadata for Open Badges ensures transparent qualification verification, providing employers with a trustworthy way to assess an individual's non-traditional qualifications.
1. Education Technology - The advent of Open Badges creates opportunities for education technology companies to develop platforms and solutions for digital credentialing and recognition.
2. E-learning - E-Learning providers can incorporate Open Badges into their platforms to validate and showcase the skills learners acquire through their courses, enhancing credibility and employability.
3. Human Resources - The use of Open Badges in resumes presents a disruptive innovation opportunity for HR professionals to evaluate and hire candidates based on a wider range of qualifications beyond traditional degrees and certificates.