Blockchain, the new way for Open Badges

Vincent LANGARD
Jun 3 · 3 min read

Being more reliable and more durable, the blockchain allows the issuing of academic and professional micro-certifications with probative value.

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What are Open Badges?

Created in 2011 by the MacArthur and Mozilla foundations, the Open Badges are a standardized system of digital badges. The format benefits from a dynamic open source community and has become a proven vehiclefor sharing skills, soft skills or non-academic know-how. It plays an important role in the open education movement and underpins many projects aimed at redefining degree courses, pedagogy and lifelong skills acquisition.

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Blockchain micro-credentials issued by Queen’s University

Why blockchain Open Badges ?

BCdiploma, very active in the field of digital credentials, had Open Badges compatibility in its roadmap… but it all got a lot faster with the eCampusOntario “micro-credentials” tender, won in December 2019. “In Canada, this government-funded nonprofit is currently working with universities and colleges to develop micro-certifications in collaboration with industry partners,” says the BBC.

Lena Patterson, Co-Executive Director of eCampusOntario, explains why BCdiploma and the blockchain were chosen: “The blockchain-based technology that eCampusOntario is using to issue these micro-certifications ensures that all records are encrypted and immutable, while protecting the right to be forgotten upheld in the GDPR.” (Micro-certification: towards a recursive system of learning recognition).

Choosing 100% blockchain Open Badges means choosing micro-credentials whose data is tamper-proof, and whose durability is guaranteed regardless of their issuer or the platform on which they were issued. All the data, right down to the proofs of assertions of the digital badges are read in real time on the blockchain: Open Badges can therefore be considered to certify micro-credits or skills for probative and professional purposes.

The 100% blockchain Open Badge by BCdiploma certified by IMS Global

BCdiploma creates the first 100% blockchain Open Badge for tamper-proof and long-lasting micro-certifications for professional use. IMS Global Learning Consortium, key player in the Open Badges standard, has certified BCdiploma’s Blockchain Open Badges: they comply with the Open Badges 2.0 standard and are compatible with all solutions, passports, portfolios and backpack in the Open Badges ecosystem.

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Learn more about Open Badges

Several universities, such as the University of Caen or Tours, offer Open Badges to their students. “The challenge is decisive for the employability of students, which is no longer based solely on the academic knowledge acquired through graduation and assessment by grades, and which then reflects on the attractiveness of the universities.” (The Student — educpros, FR)

Julien Llanas and Magued Abdel Maaboud describe Open Badges as the most popular “digital micro-certifications”. They offer interoperability and durability ensured by a growing ecosystem of players: more than 3,000 organizations around the world create and deliver this type of digital micro-certification today. Universities, NGOs and administrations are still in the lead, but companies are following suit, especially those in advanced digital technologies that cannot provide tomorrow’s jobs with yesterday’s certifications. (Deloitte: skills badges at the heart of tomorrow’s training).

Learn more about 100% blockchain Open Badges by BCdiploma

Discover our complete range of micro-certifications, Open Badges and digital badges. Secure, shareable in one click, they will enhance the value of your training offer and help you to develop your diploma, certifying or online programs in micro-credits and skills blocks.


BCdiploma — EvidenZ

Innovative B2B solution for blockchain-based certificates.

Vincent LANGARD

Written by

Software development, Ethereum, Blockchain, EdTech

BCdiploma — EvidenZ

Innovative B2B solution for blockchain-based certificates. First use case, BCdiploma, is dedicated to degrees certification thanks to EvidenZ, our Ethereum based framework. The application is used by several customers (universities and companies).

Vincent LANGARD

Written by

Software development, Ethereum, Blockchain, EdTech

BCdiploma — EvidenZ

Innovative B2B solution for blockchain-based certificates. First use case, BCdiploma, is dedicated to degrees certification thanks to EvidenZ, our Ethereum based framework. The application is used by several customers (universities and companies).

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