[p2pu-dev] Fwd: How to get started with Badges - Open Source / WordPress

Philipp Schmidt philipp at p2pu.org
Tue Dec 13 10:30:43 UTC 2011

Worth a look. There might be an opportunity to provide learning challenges
& badges as a service to institutions.

Jonathan's message got some interest right away.


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From: Jonathan Finkelstein <jonathan at learningtimes.com>
Date: 13 December 2011 01:06
Subject: Re: How to get started with Badges - Open Source / WordPress
To: badge-lab <badge-lab at googlegroups.com>
Cc: Jonathan Finkelstein <jonathan at learningtimes.com>


We've developed an open source Badge-based learning system that
connects with Mozilla Open Badges. Take a look here:
The system operates as a plugin to WordPress. Its features match your
requirements list nicely (I've included a list of some of them below).
We're currently making BadgeStack available on a hosted basis, with
full access to the system, and it's now in use by some large education
institutions.  We are also working with an advisory group of
education,  museum,  library and other non-profit groups to further
extend the system. As part of the “BadgeStack Project” we intend to
release a downloadable version of BadgeStack, in addition to the
hosted version.
If you (or anyone else on this list) would like to learn more or want
to be part of the BadgeStack Project Advisory group,  you can write to
project at badgestack.org or contact me directly at
jonathan at learningtimes.org.
Thanks!Jonathan FinkelsteinLearningTimeshttp://www.BadgeStack.comhttp://
Some of the BadgeStack features:
- ability to make and issue your own badges- define and create quests
(activities) that must be completed    to earn badges- issue rewards
and badges for social engagement- ability for learners to reward peers
for contributions- instructor/expert review and assessment process-
Open Badges support for sharing badges across the web- single sign on
available with LMSs- Facebook/LinkedIn sharing, or sharing on any blog
or site- Option for learners to show their work and badges publicly or
privately.- Customizable "Leaderboards" (or Hall of Fames!) for
showcasing    achievements across different skills and behaviors. -
Ongoing journals / portfolios of student work- Ability to completely
customize the rules for receiving badges, and   leveling up in the
system.- Allows for customization of look and feel of site.-
Integration of discussions forums, group cohorts, and    features
offered by BuddyPress

On Dec 12, 9:42 am, Adam Montandon <montan... at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone.
> My name is Adam, I am a teacher in Denmark at a multimedia school.
> I know a lot of HTML/PHP/MYsql and things like that, and Im not afraid
> to learn.
> I would really like to build / work with some kind of open source
> system that allows myself and the other teachers at the school to give
> out badges to our students, and the students can then display them on
> their wordpress blogs, facebook walls or other places online.
> I would also like to have a "hall of fame" page where you could see
> the students in some kind of "highscore" order for those with the most
> badges.
> The badges would be given only by the teachers, for real world (non
> digital) tasks. Eg "I did a great presentation badge" or "I was really
> helpful in class badge" etc etc. Just as a fun reward.
> I have been reading up on the Openbadges pages, and it sounds like it
> is exactly what I need.
> But I am having trouble knowing how to get started on a PRACTICAL
> level.
> Are there any good tutorials out there that you could recommend?
> Where is the best place to get started with the coding?
> What I would like to start learning is:
> 1) How do I make and issue my own badges?
> 2) How do I give those badges to other people?
> 3) How do other people show off their badges?
> 4) How do I create a "hall of fame"?
> I have been searching around and reading all day, but couldnt quite
> find anything on this.
> Can anyone please point me in the right direction?
> Thank you so so much
> Adam
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