IoC Badges are a crucial element of our toolbox to transform computing education. This form of micro accreditation allows us to give credit for learning wherever and whenever it occurs. We have already issued badges across a range of IoC learning events as well as providing a fine-grained credit map for our new IoC Computing Accreditation Standard.
Our use of blockchains for recording purposes mean that IoC badges can be verified easily and securely without loss of privacy.
We are using the Open Badges specification as the foundation for the badges issued through our badging API and website. We have extended the Open Badges Specification to enable blockchain token-based verification of Badges. In addition, IoC badges are aligned to a new accreditation standard we are developing based on the SFIA model.
What is an Open Badge?
"Open Badges are verifiable, portable digital badges with embedded metadata about skills and achievements. They comply with the Open Badges Specification and are shareable across the web.
Each Open Badge is associated with an image and information about the badge, its recipient, the issuer, and any supporting evidence. All this information may be packaged within a badge image file that can be displayed via online CVs and social networks. Thousands of organizations across the world issue badges in accordance with the Open Badges Specification, from non-profits to major employers to educational institutions at all levels."
The Institute of Coding (IoC) Accreditation standard aims to create a new way to develop the digital skills that one will need at work and beyond. It is codesigned with the industry to create a new standard that will tackle the digital skills gap. The foundation of the IoC accreditation standard is defined in terms of micro badges for knowledge and competencies in SFIA skills, that IoC issued Open Badges will align to.
"The Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) is a model for describing and managing skills and competences for professional working in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), software engineering and digital transformation. This is essentially a global common language for describing skills and competencies in the digital world" - Wikipedia.
In 2018, the University of Exeter hosted the first Institute of Coding Summer School offering undergraduate and postgraduate social science and humanities students the opportunity to learn digital programming skills.
The Institute of Coding (IoC) is committed to supporting Universities and organizations through the process of designing, managing and issuing their IoC badges. We will work collaboratively with you to setup and run badging for IoC related events.
For more detailed information on what is involved in Issuing IoC badges, please read our Badge Issuer documentation.
If you are interested in issuing IoC Badges for an event you are running, please email us.