Badges in Action

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Badges can be used in a wide variety of settings and to support the achievement of a range of business outcomes. Some examples of how badges can help your organisation include:


Badges can document and verify skills/competencies
They can support and reward workplace learning and training programmes
Badges can identify skill gaps/training needs
They can be used to track experiential and other forms of non-formal learning, inside and outside the organization
Badges can be used to recognised completion of induction (aka, new hire orientation) programmes
And post induction badges can help illustrate progression pathways for learning and career development
Badges can be set as targets in employee performance reviews and more generally as part of a talent management strategy
They can be used to recognise company achievements
Badges can be implemented as part of a change management strategy to recognise productivity initiatives


Case Study 1

Extreme Networks is utilising Open Badges to acknowledge the accomplishments of their salespeople. Performance badges are linked to sales quotas and or designated by managers for outstanding work. For example, there’s the “$500,000 closed revenue badge” for those who reach the half-million dollar mark in sales. There’s a “Golden Age Key Winner,” a badge for the quarterly chart topper, and a “Shark Wrangler” badge for tackling particularly tough jobs.


Talking about his company’s decision to use Open Badge, Extreme Networks Director of Solutions Marketing Bob Nilsson says his company is always looking for new ideas, like gamification, to stay on the vanguard of what’s happening in the tech world.

“We got involved not only to motivate our employees and drive behaviour, but also to be in a position to advise our CIO customers on the technology.”


Nilsson added, using an Open Badge gives employees a lot more options than just issuing the old kinds of printed certificates that just get hung up in the corner of a room, and often, are seldom seen.


Case Study 2

ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) is using Open Badges technology to underpin their web-based credentials, and they’re available for individuals who have earned the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and/or Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certifications. The badges are essentially secure digital representations of the ISACA credential and can be embedded into a résumé, emails, personal websites, and social and professional networking websites, including Facebook and LinkedIn.


Allan Boardman, international vice president of ISACA and chair of ISACA’s Credentialing and Career Management Board, in a statement said:

“Open Badges offer an efficient method for current and potential employers to validate a certification, and also give certification holders a simple and effective opportunity to tell their professional story and enhance their recognition.”