Whilst it is good to have an overall idea where you want to go eventually with your badges and credentials initiative, the start is often rather small in order to get a proof of concept. In a recent virtual presentation at the WIT Center for Technology Enhanced Learning,  Dough Belshaw refers to it as the “Trojan Mice” to go through the “stage gate”.

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One example is the usage of Open Badges at LinkedIn by the Social Impact team in Germany to award the “Volunteer of the Month” or membership badges for networks or associations which are currently piloted in the working group on associations, volunteering. Without large risk, time and costs, first experiences with badges and credentials can be made. Some badging platforms do offer e.g., free plans for a certain amount of receivers or issued badges. Microsoft recently announced the possibility to issue and accept verifiable credentials using Azure Active Directory, which will help 2.9 Mio organisations around the world to tap into the new movement of decentralized identities.