I have always been a strong advocate of Mozilla’s philosophy and I have tried to shape much of my own career around their idea of making the Internet open and participatory. Just a quick glance at the first couple of principles in the Mozilla Manifesto makes their philosophy plain:
- The Internet is an integral part of modern life—a key component in education, communication, collaboration, business, entertainment and society as a whole.
- The Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.
The Manifesto explains that the Internet is becoming an increasingly important part of our lives and that openness, innovation and opportunity are key to the continued health of the Internet.
In creating our badge-based professional learning platform, I myself took advantage of some of the free tools that are out there, such as Badge OS, Credly, and the Mozilla Backpack all brought together in another open-source platform, WordPress. I also had the hope that schools would be inspired by our efforts and might want to roll out a similar informal professional learning model for their own districts. I am pleased to say that many schools have already reached out to me and have expressed an interest in doing so.
I am aware that there will be an undoubted learning curve for many with WordPress. Further inspired by Mozilla efforts, I want to reduce digital friction and enable people to take this platform as I have developed it and implement it in their own district, whether or not they have a technical background. So in the spirit of moving the concept of badges in professional learning forward, and rather than having to design it from the ground up, I am offering, to anyone who wants them, the files and database for our website. This will enable the files to be uploaded easily to your own web space and will allow you to edit the site, giving it your own look and feel, and then manage it to fit with your own requirements. In line with advancing Mozilla's goals as outlined in thie Manifesto, I invite you to create a similar open-badge-based platform in your school or district, helping to make the Internet an ever-better place for everyone.
Anyone who is interested in accessing these files should contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .