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RAPPORT WWW.RECORDINGACHIEVEMENT.AC.UK Issue 1 (2017) the VLE, and there may be some pilots about to start). 46 (37.4%) responded that they were in the exploratory stage. This corresponded to the original survey that had 44% with the same response. It is interesting that 39 (32%) respondents either have a pilot about to start or are already using open badges with one academic group (figure 9). Have you discovered any barriers to the implementation of Open Badges? Other 8.8% 20 Security of badges 4% There is a large difference in this data when comparing Europe against the UK and the rest of the world. When comparing this question across geographic demographics we can see that in Europe there are 24 (59%) institutions categorising themselves as in an exploratory stage, while only 15 while only 15 (25%) in the United Kingdom and (32%) in the rest of the world would describe themselves similarly (figure 10). 9 Validity if badges 13.7% 31 Terminology around… 26 Technology is not able to… 19 Need to see more… 49 Badges concept needs… 41 Lack of Senior… 0 31 10 20 30 40 50 60 Figure 11: Barriers to Implementation Purpose of Open Badges The initial survey asked what the respondents were planning to use Open Badges for. It was surprising that the main response was staff CPD, with ‘academic’ lower by 8 responses (Fig. 4). This question was asked again in the main survey and staff CPD had moved to third in the list with 43 (29%) responses for skills development. Academic achievement was the next most popular selection with 30 (20%) responses (Fig 12). If you have awarded any badges, what have they been awarded for? Figure 10: Badge Implementation: Global Comparison Barriers to the implementation of Open Badges A number of institutions seem concerned about the security and validity of Open Badges (Fig.11), and I would highlight the recent work to improve this by the Badgechain 18 community who are trying to integrate Blockchain 19 with Open Badges. 0.3 0.25 0.2 15.20% 0.15 0.1 0.05 28.50% 19.90% 15.90% 8.60% 9.30% 2.60% 0 18 https://medium.com/badge-chain 19 https://www.blockchain.com/ Figure 12: Purpose of Badge Implementation. 23