Hello there, I’m Carla Casilli, Director of Design + Practice at the Badge Alliance. Welcome to my blog about open badges, education, community, systems and design thinking, and badge system design. If you’re new to open badges, you can learn more about Open Badges here and about the Badge Alliance here.
I work with the community to build the open badges ecosystem through speaking, blogging, researching and writing; through consulting on the development of badge systems; through communicating experiences about badges and badge systems; and through exploring where badge systems might lead. (Badge futurist? Emergence and epiphenomena, anyone?) I’m interested in understanding the potential of open badges, their varied audiences, their areas of influence, and the people and data that they represent.
Previously, as the Director of Badge System Design at Mozilla, I oversaw the Web Literacy Standard work (now new and improved and called the Web Literacy Map), built the conceptual framework for Mozilla badges, and designed the Chicago Summer of Learning badge system.
My formal education includes an undergrad degree in both Graphic Design and Professional Writing from Carnegie-Mellon University (where I learned to code) and a graduate degree in Media Psychology and Social Change from Fielding University. I have worked as a simplified communications designer, an information designer, a Plain English writer, a UX consultant, a project manager, a creative director and a small business owner. I staunchly believe that learning is lifelong and that some of our most influential learning experiences take place in informal ways and in unexpected places.
This blog is a place where I try out ideas, find support for others, and work in the open. Please note that in my writing I am considering the entire open badges ecosystem—and that means shepherding and encouraging many different uses and interpretations of open badges. I look forward to your opinions and welcome your thoughts.