An Introduction to Badges for Learning

Monday 20 October 2014

Registration & refreshments at 18:00 with talks commencing at 18:30. Finishing around 20:00.

Room 321, Third Floor, Reginald Mitchell Building, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0RD (This is about 5 minutes’ walk from the Southampton Central Station) | Maps

Free of charge for BCS Members and Non-members.

Sam Taylor and Julian Prior, Learning Technologies, Southampton Solent University.

This will be jointly with the Hampshire Branch, e-Learning SG and Southampton Solent University.

In this talk we will look at the emerging phenomenon of using badges for the recognition and accreditation of educational skills, achievements and accomplishments. We will make an important distinction between digital badges and open badges and look at some examples of how and why they are being used in education and training. We will then demonstrate how to easily design and award an open badge and make it available for others to view. We will conclude by discussing some pilot initiatives in open badges taking place at Southampton Solent University.

About the speakers:

Sam Taylor has worked in the Learning Technologies team at Southampton Solent University for just over seven years. She specialises in social and reflective learning with her main interests being in the use of the web and ePortfolios to support great pedagogical practices. You can find her online at or on twitter via @samwisefox

Julian Prior works as a Learning Technologist at Southampton Solent University having previously worked at the University of Bath and New College, Swindon. His current projects and interests include the development of digital literacies, mobile learning, flipping the classroom and eBooks. He can be contacted at or @jpodcaster on Twitter.