We can now begin creating the Open Badge. Inside “Preparing Badges > Managing badges” you will be given an option to create a badge in the top right corner. You will then be taken to an area where you will be inputting all the metadata into the badge.
We have split the process of creating a badge into three tabs called “Details”, “Criteria”, and “Badge attributes”.
First, you will land on the “Details” page and on here you will see that you need to give your Open Badge a name, a description, and an issuer as mandatory information. If your badge expires, you may also set an expiration date. On the right-hand side, you can select the badge graphic that you want to use for the Open Badge.
Moving onto the “Criteria” tab, here is where you will input the reason for awarding the badge. For example, the criteria for the badge could be “This badge is awarded to users who have completed the first training course”. You can add this in as text, or link directly to a URL which may have the criteria listed on there. You may also add demonstrated skills in this area as well, these could be skills you feel are represented within the badge but don’t merit their own dedicated badge. This may be some skills such as problem solving, teamwork, leadership etc.
Here you can a value to your badge and it can be anything you prefer. An example of how attributes are used is for CPD (Career Professional Development) where the value acts as the number of hours spent attaining the badge. You may also have a points system in your training programs where a user may have to reach a certain number of points before being able to attend another training session.
After you have added in all the information into the Open Badge, you can then publish it so it can now be issued to recipients.