[p2pu-webcraft] Feedback for text about badges that goes in the front page of SoW

Pippa Buchanan Pippa.Buchanan at gmail.com
Thu Dec 1 17:24:20 UTC 2011

How about something along the lines of

*Demonstrate your skills* (or *Show Off Your Skills*)

Earn badges that highlight your technical and community skills to your
friends, colleagues and potential employers. Together with Mozilla, makers
of Firefox, we've developed a set of badge criteria that help you benchmark
your web developer skills:  you can use your existing online portfolio to
demonstrate an achievement or complete challenges to help you level up to
the next Mozilla-designed Badge.

School of Webcraft Badges are easy to display on your personal website,
online profiles, and CV and use the Open Badges
<http://openbadges.org/>framework, a way to record, track, and display
your skills and knowledge
across the web.


Erin / Chloe - I've got a quick question that I've not been able to find an
answer for on the Badges FAQ - Will there be a simple, automatic way for
Open Badges users to link to their badges in print CVs? eg a
short/humanreadable URL to both the backpack and to their individual
badges? (eg. Pippa's backpack http://badg.es/PippaBuchanan1979  and
Beginner's Austrian Dialect http://badg.es/PippaBuchanan1979/Oesterreichish

While many job applications and processes are online - there are still a
lot of industries which are more about face 2 face meetings, people might
want to share their backpack in printed CVs etc.


On 30 November 2011 21:17, Janet Swisher <jswisher at mozilla.com> wrote:

>  I wouldn't want to imply that "a SoW JavaScript badge means that *Mozilla
> says* I know JavaScript". It's a more subtle message "a SoW JavaScript
> badge means that my peers say I know JavaScript, and Mozilla says that
> matters".
> --Janet
> On 11/30/11 1:31 PM, Erin Knight wrote:
> There are actually two separate things at play here. 1) There is the
> Mozilla Open Badge Infrastructure that these badges get pushed into. In
> this case P2PU is simply an issuer in the ecosystem. But 2) SoW is a
> partnership between Mozilla and P2PU so the SoW skill badges are in fact
> backed by Mozilla - they even carry Mozilla branding. Mozilla reviews the
> assessments/challenges and in that sense 'backs' them.
>  On the certification authority front - there are no formal certification
> authorities for badges yet so it may be that there are more informal
> certification authority relationships like this. Or or may turn out that
> the endorsement functionality serves this function as well - we'll have to
> see.
>  -E
> On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 12:52 PM, Janet Swisher <jswisher at mozilla.com>wrote:
>>  I agree with Dan that putting together "certification" and "backed by
>> Mozilla" is misleading. I suggest something like this:
>> Earn Merit Badges
>> Show off your web and community skills to friends, teachers, and
>> potential employers through School of Webcraft merit badges. Merit badges
>> show that your peers have assessed your work as meeting specific quality
>> criteria. These badges are issued by School of Webcraft using the Open
>> Badges framework, which is supported by Mozilla, the global non-profit
>> dedicated to shaping the future of the Web for the public good, and to
>> helping everyone become a Web maker. Badges are easy to display on your
>> personal website, online profiles, and CV or resumé.
>> On 11/30/11 6:32 AM, Chloe Varelidi wrote:
>> ok, i see what you are saying. let me know if you have a suggestion for
>> an improved text
>> thanks,
>> Chloe
>> On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 1:08 PM, Dan Diebolt <dandiebolt at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> The implication of the narrative is that Mozilla is acting as some type
>>> of certification authority which is simply not true. The document I
>>> referenced has definitions for various stakeholders/roles (User, Issuer,
>>> Displayer, Signer, Endorser) none of which equate to the implication that
>>> Mozilla is a certification authority.
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