I came across Jaap’s article today, referring to the Mozilla Open Badges program and I must say I liked the idea of expressing your skills, your attendance to an online course, etc. Maybe badges aren’t the “definitive” way of assessment, but they could help figuring out new ways of evaluation.
However, the real question is “Do we really need some formative evaluation?” I don’t know. In the current system we probably do. There still are people who tell other people if they are “good enough” or not. And is some cases this is a good way of making sure the necessary skills are accomplished. But in others, one could argue the need of a supervising entity, telling us what we learn is the right information.
So, I think badges could be a useful tool of indicating a level of accomplishment. Will they be the assessment revolution lots of people are waiting for? Probably not, but let’s stick with “a useful tool”.
What do you think about Open Badges?