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Take guided steps to set up and prepare the badge system to validate and recognise learning that happens during long-term secondary school exchanges.
All badges are available on https://www.badgecraft.eu/en/library
Guidelines for Using Open Badges for Long-term Secondary School Exchanges exchanges
Open digital badges
Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Project European Badge Alliance
Welcome to the badge world! This a step-by-step guide which will
prepare you for using Open digital badges to recognise learning and
work of participants in long-term secondary school exchanges
ABOUT OPEN BADGES
∎ Open Badges is a worldwide standard to validate and
recognise learning that happens anywhere. They are visual
representation of learning and achievements.
∎ Badges are digital and thus create new possibilities to manage
achievements: store, share and display them anywhere on the
web and include on CV.
∎ Find out more about Open Badges
∎ This system has been developed by the European Federation
for Intercultural Learning, the umbrella organisation of AFS
Intercultural Programs in Europe. AFS organisations have run
long-term (3-10 months) secondary school exchanges for the
past 70 years, nowadays involving 12.000 young people
worldwide every year. This badge system has been piloted
during a European trimester exchange programme. The
images of the badges on this presentation are AFS branded,
therefore cannot be used outside the AFS network.
∎ Badges are based on the learning journey of exchange
participants, from preparation, pre-departure to follow up
∎ Badges can be used in long-term secondary school exchange
programmes with any number of participants. There are no
levels, participants can earn any badge whenever one is
matching the criteria. Meta-badges are unlocked when all
badges of that competence are earned.
Two Major Objectives
Recognise and visualise
participants in reflecting
and being aware of their
Long-term exchange participants’ Achievements
My New Country
AmbassadorMy New Language
There are in total 24 Badges included
the 8 Meta-Badges.
EXAMPLE OF BADGES
WITHIN ONE META
BADGE (area of learning)
Within this badge system there are Badges that are clearly related
to a competence (My New Language, English, Digital) and others
that correspond to learning within more than one competence
area. The competence areas that are mostly covered are:
• Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship
• Learning to learn
• Social and civic competences
• Cultural awareness
The participant gets to
know the host country and
in particular the community
he/she is living in.
Host Country Host Family
The participant adapts to
life in a new family,
and similarities with the
The participant is aware
of what is expected from
him/her in the new
school environments and
reflects and learns from
When a person earns 3 badges related to
knowledge, skills and awareness or attitudes
within a specific learning area, the
Meta-badge is unlocked, recognising the
development within the specific topic.
Meta Badge “My New Country”
This badge shows that the participant has integrated in the host country
and detected similarities and differences with its own. The participant
unlocked this badge after receiving badges for Host Country, Host Family
and Host School.
HOW TO SET UP BADGES
Create a badge project on www.badgecraft.eu
Import “Badge System for Long term secondary
school exchanges” from badge library
Specify badge content
Familiarise with tips for using badges
Create a badge
Click to register your account.
Login, if you have one
Go to Projects/
Organisations and create
an organisation. If you have
it already, skip this step
CONTENT OF BADGES★
∎ Badges have quite generic descriptions, making the
system easily adaptable to any long-term exchange
programme which is host family and host school based,
and foresees the presence of an educator who supports
the learning of the participants.
∎ However, you might wish to add specific details about
additional objectives of your exchange programme,
dates, places, etc.
∎ Check if badge criteria are matching with your
organisation practices. www.ebawebsite.net
Go to Projects/Badges to
view all imported badges
“Draft” indicates the badge that can be modified and
yet not visible to users. You can change badge status in
∎ Introduce Open Badges to all participants before
the exchange programme starts.
∎ Use a video What is a Badge? Or any other
∎ Give out badge code for starting a quest for the
badge “Departure”, which is a badge related to the
fact that the participant is enrolled in the
Make sure to change the
badge status to “Draft”.
Then click on “Modify” for
see what is the task code
and change it, if you wish.
Check the code and you may
download QR code. Mentors
can start a Quest for this
badge by scanning this
KEEP PUPILS ON BOARD
∎ From time to time remind pupils about badges
that they could earn throughout the exchange
∎ Keep an eye if there are any evidence verification
∎ Discuss badge earning process with exchange
pupils during your meetings with them.
USE DATA PROVIDED BY BADGES
∎ Review what badges are earned by mentors,
analyse tendencies and encourage mentors to focus
on specific competence if needed.
∎ At the end of the project, generate certificate,
where mentors could choose which badges should
be visible (e.g. either all or just Meta badges) there.
∎ Encourage mentors to share badges or certificates
in order to make their achievements visible
HOW TO GENERATE BADGE
Go to Project’s settings to
Establish partnerships with the third
parties and ask for endorsemenent.
Their names can be entered here. It
will increase the external value of
Users with the permission
can generate badges to
certificates from the
Project’s section “People”
Users can access their
certificates from “My
certificates”. They can be
viewed or downloaded as PDF
Technical feedback &
write to firstname.lastname@example.org
EUROPEAN BADGE ALLIANCE
Strategic partnership project
for developing badge systems
for European learning mobility
European Union’s programme
which offers funding for
mobility projects in various
fields of education & learning
The European Commission support for the production of this publication
does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the
views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible
for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
This badge system was
developed by the European
Federation for Intercultural