BADGE ME IN: Badges--if well-designed--can signal mastery in the digital realm. Badly done, or issued in a silo, and they're just clipart. A year ago, the Mozilla Foundation started working with the Peer-to-Peer University and others to create the "open-badge infrastructure" so people could exchange badges and make sense of each other's. EdSurge spoke with Erin Knight, Mozilla's badge and assessment lead to get an update on the year-old project, which she expects will have a $2.5-million budget over two years. (Mozilla, MacArthur and Hewlett are big contributors.) Knight points out there isn't much research on making badges--but plenty on game mechanics (see this slideshow) and on assessments. You can check out more detail about the project here.