Mozilla Open Badges
"Mozilla's Open Badges is working to make it easy for anyone to issue, earn and display badges across the web—through a shared infrastructure that's free and open to all."
Mozilla Open Badges is a system that recognizes that learning can happen anywhere. Like many people, I find it hard to translate a job applicants skills and experience though the standard resume and interview process. Sometimes their most interesting skills are lost among standard accomplishments and less than exact job descriptions. Mozilla Open Badges offers an opportunity for job seekers to highlight non-traditional skills via "badges" from informal learning environments.
Mozilla Open Badges Diagram
Mozilla identifies users as "Issuers" and "Earners" and lets places such as after-school programs, online learning institutions and job training organizations identify expert users that have completed their definition of formal training. Highlighting badges is unique way to identify skills sets of employees that may have been out of the work force for a while or otherwise unable to attend a more formal education system. I think Mozilla is going somewhere with this idea and identifying how to best use this systems is an interesting area to investigate...