What is a badged course?
While studying All my own work: exploring academic integrity you have the option to work towards gaining a digital badge.
Badged courses are available on The Open University’swebsite 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. You can share your achievement with friends, family and employers, and on social media. Badges are a great motivation, helping you to reach the end of the course.
How to get a badge
Getting a badge is straightforward! Here’s what you have to do:
- read all sessions of the course
- score 50% or more in the end-of-course badge quiz in Session 3.
In the end-of-course quiz, you can have three attempts at most of the questions (for true or false type questions you usually only get 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 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 quiz, if you’re not successful in getting 50% the first time, after 24 hours you can reattempt the whole quiz, and come back as many times as you like.
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.
You can now go to Session 1.