I'm critiquing Peter's ONPhD Candidacy Badge system , It seems to be the only complete system I can find in the Task 7 discussion.
What Peter appears to have done here is "badgifying" the ONPhD Candidacy Challenge at P2PU, which I think he also created. By and large, it think the system meets the working level on the badge design rubric. I would make two comments relative to that criteria.
Design - With seven sub badges, I was surprised that the final badge wasn't a heptagon. I huess I played too much Trivial Pursuit many years ago, but I considered the possibility of "assembling" the final badge from constituent components.
Criteria - Since only a couple of earners have started this badge process, the examples/references are not what you would hope to see. I think there's also a gap in the clarity of the criteria, because those involved are still figuring out what sort of artifacts meet the criteria. I imagine that in a traditional PhD framework, to which this system will be compared (isn't that the point), each of the sub-badge equivalents would be a multi-page text document. I say that with the caveat that I have never been a student in a doctoral program. Nevertheless, a valuable process would be to compare the expectations of more traditional PhD Candidacy paths in each of these areas.
That leads to the most significant challenge . Taking on the PhD is sort of the "boss level" challenge for badges and open and networked learning. Having a working level badge system is, in the long run, not nearly good enough. it's a bit like trying to enter the first DIY car you built yourself in the Indy 500. The badge system has to get to the exemplary level if there is any hope for the ONPhD it recognizes to be taken seriously by the stakeholders who care about PhD's. Don't misunderstand me. This is a good first step. However, it is imperatve that those involved in the ONPhD meet the challenge of aligning its components with traditional programs so that it can be demonstrated that the ONPhD is equally rigorous, and they need to do so now, if the process is going to have any credibility.