I have covered the Open Badges project several times over the past year: in an article for MindShift and most recently with an interview in O'Reilly Radar with Project Manager Erin Knight.
In the storify below, I've collected some of the resources about the project, as well as some of the reactions via Twitter to today's announcement -- Mozilla's announcement as well as the Digital Media & Learning's badges competition.
How do we explain Mozilla's Open Badge Project to beginners? These user stories - drawn from Erin Knight's "Open Badge System Framework" paper - are meant to illustrate through everyday scenarios. This post is a first draft only and needs your feedback. Please add your comments here.
Earning badges for learning new things is an entrenched idea. Legions of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have decorated their sashes with badges, demonstrating their mastery of various skills. A badge is a symbol of personal achievement that's acknowledged by others.