Get the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding Open Badges and their use
  • What is a digital badge?
    It is a digital object that certifies the skills acquired by people in all educational and experiential contexts.
    Mozilla's Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI) is a standard that has been designed to support data and information useful to identify the badge and qualify the people who receive it.
    Therefore, not only images, which represent the external and visible part of the badge, but also an internal infrastructure; so, thanks to its "anatomy", the Open Badge is:
  • Who is the Issuer and what can she/he do?
    Issuer is who carries out training activities and who wants to enhance the result of their activity through the creation and release of IQC Digital Badges for the digital representation of knowledge, skills and competences acquired by people (Users) in the different training and experiential contexts. Therefore, the Issuer can design, create and issue digital badge to users, share them for promotional purposes within the main social networks, newsletters, company websites and in the C-City of CBox.
    To find out which are our Issuers (click here)
  • What it means to be an IQC’s issuer?
    Being qualified as an IQC’s Issuer allows to create and to issue digital badges, compliant with the process and content requirements recommended by the Guideline which is the result of the work of the Digital Badge Stakeholders Table (D.B.S.T.).
    The Issuer can independently manage the C-BOX Platform having signed a contract with IQC for the license to use the C-BOX Platform or can entrust IQC with the creation and release of the Digital Badges in his stead, having signed a badging service contract. Qualified IQC Issuers receive the certificate PDT CBox Issuer customized on their own characteristics of use of badges.
  • What is IQC’s D.B.S.T?
    IQC has established the Digital Badge Stakeholder Table (D.B.S.T) who collects components from different sectors but with the common aim of: identifying a reference model for the representation, validation and digital recognition of skills.
    To find out more about the D.B.S.T click here.
  • What are the characteristics of the badges?
    The D.B.S.T. has identified 5 types of badges to better represent and express the knowledge that is generated, each of these types is distinguished by graphics and internal content structure depending on the application area
    Open Badge: to attest participation in collective events such as seminars, company visits, etc. No historical evidence supporting the achievement of new skills or abilities. Instead, evidence of the rules that have conditioned the acquisition, such as participation in a defined threshold of presence in the initiative, provide evidence
    Competence Badge: To certify certify the achievement of a learning outcome acquired in a formal, non-formal and informal context. They are divided into descriptive descriptions of the knowledge, skills and competences acquired. They provide evidence to support the person's change of status thanks to the training and / or experiential activities in which he participated
    Job Description Badge:It is issued for the representation of a professional profile and / or organizational role.They are divided into descriptions of knowledge, skills, transversal skills and competences in relation to work processes, assigned tasks, delegated responsibilities, code of ethics and behavior
    Functional Recollection Badge: It is issued as a result of a service activity aimed at a relapse into employment and / or professional repositioning. It allows you to collect skills / experiences of the person both attested by badges or other documentation. It directs the marketability as a result of an orientation service activity
    Soft Skills Badge: It is issued for the representation of the behavioral skills of the person, whose level of presence is measured through the use of indicators. It can be generated to identify a specific soft skills within clusters of behavioral skills drawn from international, European and / or national or project frameworks. The badge can represent a single soft skill or a set of soft skills
  • Who is IMS Global?
    International consortium that defines the technological standards of solutions in the EdTech field at an international level and verifies their correct application, so as to ensure interoperability.

    C-Box® is the first platform in Italy to have achieved the  IMS GLOBAL Open Badge v2.0 certification (n. IMSO2iy2020W1),to guarantee the interoperability of the badges, i.e. they can be managed, understood, shared by all the platforms who host badges
    IQC srl is a supporting member of IMS Global and is part of the IMS Europe Leadership Board , whose members are 18 and the countries represented are currently Sweden, Norway, Spain, Holland and Italy:

    analysis of the need to develop technological and IT standards to support training to standardize tools and methodologies
    dissemination of knowledge through the organization of events so that the standards developed are adopted all over the world to ensure interoperability and data exchange
  • What can the User do?
    The user is the recipient of the digital badges issued by the Issuers. Users who receive the IQC digital badges are allowed , cto accept and view the acquired badge , keep it in their own personal space (backpack) or decide whether to share the badge in the main social networks and in the Human Capital Competence, to add it as certification in Linkedin, integrate it within the Digital Curriculum Vitae and to put it at the bottom of the emails.
  • What is the C-City?
    Web space for collecting the entire offer of badges created by the Issuer of the C-Box® Platform in order to give visibility to all users, even those not registered on the platform. The visitor to the page can, through the the semantic search engine, look for a specific badge of his interest and eventually request more information from the Issuer who published it.
  • What is the Human Capital Competence?
    People (Users) who gain badges can share badges in this web page made available by the C-Box® platform. Since Human Capital Competence (HCC) is a public page, it is accessible for consultation by anyone looking for competent people with whom to establish professional and collaborative contacts and all this is facilitated thank to the semantic search engine