Can this Weblinks manager open badge finally crush CLICK HERE?

Seeing web pages with links called things like ‘here‘ and ‘click here‘ makes me want to weep. I’m hoping this open badge I’ve created will encourage people to give these awful generic link names the boot.

A while back I wrote a blog post explaining why these generic link names harm user experience and search engine optimisation on a website whilst also wet fish slapping anyone interested in web accessibility.

In what is fast becoming a personal crusade I’ve created a Weblinks Manager open badge for people wanting to show they understand and reject using ‘click here’ in their web content.

Why create the badge?

Open badges are a great way to show evidence of non-formal learning and skills. Because the evidence of what you had to do is attached to the bagde you can demonstrate clearly that you met criteria to earn the spoils. Most of the things we know and learn are not part of a formal accreditation processes or qualifications and I think open badges present a great way of showing potential employers some extra strings on your bow. It’s also fun to earn badges and then stick the bling on your LinkedIn profile or website.

Here are some articles talking about the benefits of open badges:

My hope with this particular badge is to encourage people to think more about generic link names next time they are writing on their website and also offer a way to show potential employers that they know some useful stuff.

How do I get the badge?

Go to the badge page on P2PU read the criteria and submit a project for a badge. The ‘expert’ will provide feedback and issue you with the badge if you’ve met the criteria.

What do I do with the badge once I have it?

Here are some suggestions for making the most of this and other open badges:

Peer to Peer University

I’ve created this badge on a great website called Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU). Part of the site allows you to set up your own badges as well as earn badges from other people. A while back I got myself a Web Literacy Ninja badge for knowing all about the 15 strands of the Mozilla Web Literacy Map.

There are a number of different open badge platforms but I like P2PU as it shows very clearly what people had to do to get each badge (here is my Web Literacy Ninja project page) with feedback from the badge expert. The site works in a bottom-up decentralised way with users teaching and supporting each other to learn new things.

Once you earn the badge you also become an expert and can approve applications from other people. I’m hoping if I can get a few people to earn my new badge they will become experts and then try to get others to have a go.

Credit where it’s due

Thanks a lot to the following people who provided me with feedback on this badge:

@dijitalstuff@missmariesaid, @CuriousScutter, @louduffs, @Helen_Ridgway and @Collette_Marie.

To say thanks I gave them a badge for helping me out.

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