What is a badged course?
While studying Discovering chemistry you have the option to work towards gaining a digital badge.
Badged courses are a key part of The Open University’s mission to promote the educational well-being of the community . The courses also provide another way of helping you to progress from informal to formal learning.
To complete a course you need to be able to find about 24 hours of study time, over a period of about eight weeks. However, it is possible to study them at any time, and at a pace to suit you.
Badged courses are all available on The Open University’s OpenLearn [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] website and do not cost anything to study. They differ from Open University courses because you do not receive support from a tutor. But you do get useful feedback from the interactive quizzes.
What is a badge?
Digital badges are a new way of demonstrating online that you have gained a skill. Schools, colleges and universities are working with employers and other organisations to develop open badges that help learners gain recognition for their skills, and support employers to identify the right candidate for a job.
Badges demonstrate your work and achievement on the course. You can share your achievement with friends, family and employers, and on social media. Badges are a great motivator, helping you to reach the end of the course. Gaining a badge often boosts confidence in the skills and abilities that underpin successful study. So, completing this course should encourage you to think about taking other courses.
Getting a badge is straightforward! Here’s what you have to do:
- read each session of the course
- score 50% or more in the two badge quizzes in Week 4 and Week 8.
For all the quizzes, you can have three attempts at most of the questions (for true or false type questions you usually get only one attempt). If you get the answer right first time you will get more marks than for a correct answer the second or third time. Therefore, please be aware that for the two badge quizzes it is possible to get all the questions right but not score 50% and be eligible for the badge on that attempt. If one of your answers is incorrect you will often receive helpful feedback and suggestions about how to work out the correct answer.
For the badge quizzes, if you’re not successful in getting 50% the first time, after 24 hours you can attempt the whole quiz, and come back as many times as you like.
Please note that quiz questions using drag and drop do not work on a mobile device. Instead, you should use a tablet or desktop.
We hope that as many people as possible will gain an Open University badge – so you should see getting a badge as an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned rather than as a test.
If you need more guidance on getting a badge and what you can do with it, take a look at the OpenLearn FAQs. When you gain your badge you will receive an email to notify you and you will be able to view and manage all your badges in My OpenLearn within 24 hours of completing the criteria to gain a badge.