Open Badges for Intercultural Competence (OBIC)

Multiplier Event in Helmond – Netherlands Tech Week

As part of Dutch Technology Week activities, the Go2B Partnership ran a multiplier event at the impressive Cacaofabriek centre in Helmond.  A former chocolate factory and now a super cool arts and cultural venue.

Registrations for the Multiplier Event

The event on the 19th May saw formal educators (Primary to Tertiary) and employers from across Europe get together to find out more about using Open Badges to enable students to explore and demonstrate their intercultural competence.

Introductions and achievement presentations were delivered courtesy of Geert Jan Nillesen (Director of Jan Van Brabant College) and special guest, Vandana Kabra of partner school, Lilavatibai Podar High in Mumbai, India.

Following the Go2B presentations by Nicole Verhoeve (Jan Van Brabant) and Kevin Field (Digitalme), there was a chance for people to network and ask the Go2B team questions about the project.

The questions came thick and fast, here’s Ludo of Go2B partner Euneos and Rosanne Severs of Globi putting their brains to the test.

And finally, there was music…

Don’t forget to check out the Go2B badges we created at Open Badge Academy.

You can visit our training course here to learn how to create your own versions for use in your own exchanges.

Interested in using Go2B badges but need a little extra help? Want to talk to us about Open Badges for your Erasmus+ project? Why not Get in Touch?

Until the next Open Badge Erasmus + Strategic Partnership.

Over and Out.

The Go2B Team

Brainport schools (Netherlands) adopt Open Badges

Jan van Brabant is one of the nine Brainport schools for secondary education

Brainport schools are going to adopt Open Badges for some extra-curricular activities,including international exchanges. Read more about Brainport and badges


Brainport is situated in the southern part of the Netherlands. Brainport is a close-knit partnership of industry, research, education  and government that sets the parameters to enable the Brainport region to maintain and strengthen its position as a top technology region.

Within the next five years, the acquisition of an international skillset must be an integral part of primary, secondary and vocational education in the Brainport region. Today’s world is rapidly changing. With the increase of diversity and internationalisation of modern society, companies and organisations are broadening their expanse and looking abroad. This can also be seen within the Brainport region, where there is an ever increasing number of knowledge workers settling here.

Read more about the vision of the brainport region on internationalization of education Internationalisation Brainport Region

Mr. De Vos, Human resource manager of ASML, one of the biggest companies in the Brainport area

Mr. De Vos, Human resource manager of ASML, one of the biggest companies in the Brainport area


GO2B. Third partner meeting. Leeds 21-22 November 2016


Go2B . Presented in Portugal and Spain to participants of the course ‘Make your school more international’. October & November 2016

Go2B Goes to Portugal & Spain

As part of Euneos’s KA1 course ‘How to make your school international’ Ludo Mateusen presented details of the Go2B project to participants  in Oliveira de Azemeis, Portugal (25th October 2016) and Benalmedena, Spain (8th  November 2016).



Go2B at the national conference ‘Onderwjsdagen’ 9 November 2016

Hans Vasse has presented the Go2B project at the national Conference ‘Onderwijsdagen’ 9 November 2016 Rotterdam. 


Go2B project at the annual conference of the network of bilingual schools (TTO) Utrecht. 21 September 2016

The  coordinators of the Go2B project, Nicole Verhoeve and Hans Vasse (Jan van Brabant College)  presented the Go2B project at the annual conference of the network of bilingual  schools (TTO) Utrecht. 21 September 2016

Nicole Verhoeve

Nicole Verhoeve

Hans Vasse

Hans Vasse

Getting into Go2B (a Training Course) – Utrecht 26-30 September 2016

Who came to the Go2B Training Course?

Teachers, educators and school managers flocked to Utrecht for the Go2B (Open Badges for Intercultural Competence) training event in Utrecht.

We welcomed participants from across Europe, from Finland, the UK and a little closer to home, from the Netherlands and Belgium.

Hosted in a re-furbished, re-purposed Church in the centre of Utrecht, what an inspirational setting for learning it was.

Huge thanks to the efforts of Go2B partner Globi in supporting the training event to be a huge success.

What was the objective of our training course?

It was an knowledge packed five day training course with a view to equipping teachers, educators and school managers with all of the elements they’d need to effectively support student exchanges and Open Badging of those student exchanges for their organisation.

See the full agenda here: go2b-training-programme

All Go2B partners delivered one or more sessions on an element of the Go2B programme.

Learning about Badges through doing Badges

Learning by doing, all of the attendees were badged for their learning over the five days, including a special Utrecht explorer badge designed to show attendees how portable evidencing learning and doing can be. We issued over 50 Go2B Educator badges through the duration of the training course.

Check out Teacher evidence of exploration of Utrecht through their Dom Tower Power badge.

Don’t forget to check out the Go2B badges we created at Open Badge Academy.

But I didn’t get to do the training 🙁

Never fear! We’ve got everything covered. You can visit our training course here to learn how to create your own versions for use in your own exchanges.

Interested in using Go2B badges but need a little extra help? Want to talk to us about Open Badges for your Erasmus+ project? Why not Get in Touch?


Pictures from the Event

isette Bouten (Globi) and Kevin Field (Digital me)

Lisette Bouten (Globi) and Kevin Field (Digital me)

Matt Rogers (Digital me) introducing badges

Matt Rogers (Digital me) introducing badges

Go2B – Experiments & Updates

At DigitalMe we’ve been up to all kinds of things in the background for Go2B and we’ve been trying new and innovative things on our Open Badge Academy platform too.

Badging Malmö – A Learning Adventure

Kevin is a littleMalmo bit badge obsessed so.rather than enjoying his holiday in beautiful Sweden he decided to see if he could create a badge challenge. It was a bit of a trial to see if it could work as a way for exchange students to develop inter-cultural skills & knowledge but in a fun and dynamic way. The idea needs ‘tweaking’ and developing further but you can see his 1st efforts here.


Wouldn’t it be great if an exchange coordinator in one country created one or more of these for students visiting on an exchange? Mobile phones as a tool for learning and evidencing that learning through badges. The possibilities!

Deal – Talking between Erasmus + Programmes

13700090_10153818336492843_83226928164289026_nKevin went back to his roots in Birmingham to join 30 + people from around Europe, working with young people in formal and informal settings. Why? To look at best practice in the field of employability skills for young people. Did he mention Go2B and the badging programme? Of course he did!

As part of those discussions, he spoke about the Go2B project and it’s ability to showcase young people’s skills to potential employers. The very work that our Lead Partners, Hans & Nicole are looking at through the Brainport network. We’ve also a few other Brainport employer developments around badging to talk about but we’ll leave that to Hans and Nicole to introduce.

Open Badge Community Call – Our Friends at Badgecraft


As DigitalMe (now part of the City & Guilds Group) & Open Badge Academy we’re really open to working with other badging platforms and discussing the application of badges around the world. This is one of the reasons we take part in the open badge community calls.

In the last call we bumped into Badgecraft (again), based in Lithuania who are currently looking at a project around badging European volunteering. It was great to hear them talk about how they’re using badges to promote and support European mobilities. It also gave Kevin the opportunity to introduce Go2B to an international online audience.

As Badgecraft’s mobility work is a natural follow-on from Go2B, we’ll be keeping in touch with them to see how we can work together in the field of young people, European mobility and badges.

Till our next blog.

Kevin & Matt

Disseminate – Collaborate – Innovate: DigitalMe & Go2B

go2b_aware_250So just what have we been doing at DigitalMe to shout about Go2B?

Time for an Introduction

We’reKevin Matt and Kevin, we’re from DigitalMe based in Leeds in the UK.Matt We’re ‘chuffed to bits’ to be working on the Go2B project and think we’ve got some really great partners to make it all happen.

It’s taking a lot of though power from us all to badge a programme (skills and learning) that doesn’t fit easily into obvious categories like, for example, badging something such as ‘digital skills’. These are obviously more clear-cut whereas badging soft skills or capabilities is much more of a challenge. But we’re getting there and the Helsinki partner meeting was a huge leap forward in understanding thanks to much of the work that Globi have done around the intercultural competence model.

Looking Forward – Promotion of Go2B

Dissemination or promotion of Go2B is obviously one of our key shared project outcomes. We see the creation of the Recognised Provider Academy and the Healthcheck tool as really important methods for Go2B to self-promote itself in the future. The Healthcheck tool especially as a ‘teaser’ for the Go2B programme. So we’ve been cracking on with that, to be unveiled very shortly (just needs the gloss paint adding!).

Promotion of Go2B so Far

We’re lucky at DigitalMe, because ourselves and our sister organisation, Makewaves have been working with schools for a number of years. This means we can tell thousands of schools about Go2B through our monthly newsletters. We’ve only used this so far to call for UK partners but now we’re getting a much clearer picture of what Go2B looks like, we’ll soon be in a better position to really promote the project using our newsletters and social media accounts!

In the meantime, we’ve been: [Pictures to follow]

  • Working with Walkden High School (Salford) who have been helping us with feedback on a number of elements of the Go2B project.
  • Highlighting the Go2B project to a number of Secondary Schools we work with e.g Crossley Heath, Halifax.
  • Speaking to a number of non UK Secondary Schools e.g Jakob-Brucker-Gymnasium, Kaufbeuren and organisations e,g Playing for Success (Netherlands)
  • Speaking to UK based organisations with links to multiple schools e.g Leeds Rhinos/Leeds City Council
  • Discussing the project with a number of other similar Erasmus +/ SALTO Youth Projects
  • Communicating and consulting on the project with an online group of young people (Digital Expression)

Tracking of Go2B Awareness – Going Forward

We had a cunning plan to not only help Hans and JvB track Go2B Awareness but also to introduce people to the concept of badges. What we’re going to do is create a Go2B Aware badge that can be issued via email where we have spoken to a person in a given organisation. Clever huh? There’s loads of ways you can use badges and tracking engagement is one of them.

Go2B Partner Meeting – The Big Helsinki Thinkfest

GO2B_secondmeeting_22MarchThe Big Helsinki Thinkfest

The 20th to the 22nd March saw all of the Go2B Partners getting together to push on forward with the development of the programme. We were ably hosted by Ilpo Halonen for the meeting and enjoyed the great facilities of Tikkurila Upper Secondary in Tikkurila (about 20 minutes out of Helsinki city centre).

So, what did we discuss?

The Model of Intercultural Competence

Globi took the opportunity to talk through with the Partners the development and underpinning theory behind the model of intercultural competence that they have developed through testing. This model was re-visited throughout the meeting as it underpins the entire Go2B programme and badges.

Go2B Student AcademyThe Go2B Student Badge Academy

The DigitalMe partners demonstrated the development of the Go2B student badge academy so far and detailed how it aligns to the intercultural competency model developed by Globi through their research with teachers and students. It’s still a work in progress but you can find the student badge academy here.

All partner also tested taking a badge for themselves!

go2b_healthchecker_250The Toolkit & Healthcheck Tool

A significant portion of the meeting was given over to running through the Teacher toolkit creating the statements that demonstrate what a good exchange is in terms of student outcomes. In addition to this what resources are required to support that delivery and where/how those resources should be held. This was led by Hans and Nicole of JvB. You can trace this work through to Go2Find (our resource holder) and the initial version of the Go2B Planner badge for teachers.

Discussions were also held on how to enable Teachers to ‘health check’ their exchange (based on the student outcomes) and how to enable them to be pointed to the training and resources required to address any gaps (to Go2B optimise their exchange). DigitalMe were tasked with creating an online tool that will enable this to happen.

TrainingeventThe Utrecht Event in September – Recognised Provider Status

The initial plan and content for the 5 day training in Utrecht for Teachers in September was discussed at length. The Utrecht training event will see the pilot of a badged Go2B Recognised Provider status.

Lots of other things were discussed and there are more progress updates to follow!

Thanks for reading.

The Go2B Team