The open badges community continues to grow through the development and implementation of open source software. What distinguishes IBL’s platform is that it is a fully-functioning, badge-issuing open source code that will work with multiple providers, including learning management systems.
It is fully OBI-compliant, multi-language, and tested across platforms. IBL premiered this server in recent MOOC work for the Spanish government. Cross-links are provided for Mozilla Open Badges Backpack and the Open Badges Technical Specification.
Launched in mid-June, this badge server is fully open source so that any site administrator may implement the coding for free. The server is operable with Open edX or other providers so long as the following requirements are met:
- PHP > 5.3.9 (php5-mysql, php5-json, php-gettext) (Recommended > php 5.4.0)
- MySQL 5.x (PDO connections are used with php5)
- Apache2.4 server (you could use Nginx; remember to configure the options properly)
- mod_rewrite (to protect certain directories with .htaccess files)
- Certain directories require write permissions (defined in installation process)
At the Open Badges in Higher Education project, we are happy to see these resources going forward for Open edX. We are continuing to work with IBL and the Open edX community to help instructors and organizations issue open badges that are compliant with the Open Badge Infrastructure standards.
Guess I know what I am doing this weekend!