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Open Badges : MOOC on New Currecy for Professional Credentials

Open Badges : MOOC on New Currecy for Professional Credentials | Aqua-tnet |

Blackboard, Mozilla, Sage Road Solutions, and WCET have initiated an international discussion on the role of badges as a new currency of exchange for high value, post-secondary credentials for professionals. Using a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) format for this highly collaborative discussion, we are exploring the ecosystem for a new credential economy based on badges and requirements for adopting such an approach, including:


Expanded flexible learning opportunitiesAuthentic, evidence-based assessmentBadge accreditation and employer recognitionBadge system design and implementation strategiesInfrastructure, technology, toolsPolicy guidanceFunding
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Badges could be a very important ingredient in the emerging world of unbundled and personal post-secondary education.

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Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges

Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges | Aqua-tnet |

Digital badges offer students the opportunity to pave their own learning pathways and allow employers to verify necessary workforce skills, according to this report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Mozilla Foundation. The report defines digital badges as “credentials that represent skills, interests, and achievements earned by an individual through specific projects, programs, courses, or other activities.” A credible badge stores information online through a digital hyperlink about the associated skills, as well as what projects and tasks the badge holder completed to obtain it. This report explores digital badges and how they can be used to improve student learning and outcomes, as well as expand vocational and interest-based skills for learners of all age.

Via Robert Farrow, Dawne Tortorella, Roy D Palmer
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Another new report on the development of digital badges.

Robert Farrow's curator insight, October 25, 2013 3:25 PM

Possible data for #oerrhub (badging)

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SQA investigates opportunities with Mozilla's Open Badges - SQA

The Scottish Qualifications Authority, (SQA) has announced its intention to investigate the opportunities presented by an innovative approach to displaying individuals’ learning accomplishments online.

SQA is working in partnership with Mozilla, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the democratization of the web, to explore the benefits to learners that can be achieved through their Open Badges.

Mozilla’s Open Badges project intends to make it easy to earn, issue and display digital badges that recognise and communicate individuals’ skills and achievements.

The badge project infrastructure allows individuals to display their real-world skills and achievements in online environments – such as social media profiles – in way that may help with future career and education opportunities.

Joe Wilson, Head of New Ventures at SQA, said: “We believe Mozilla’s Open Badges project enables greater flexibility for learners to demonstrate their achievements. Open badges have the potential to allow individuals to display the accomplishments they make along each step of the learner journey, and receive recognition for a single skill or packages of learning that cover a number of skills in relation to a particular task.”

Joe continued: “SQA will work with Mozilla to explore how we can adopt Open Badges.  We will encourage our partners to investigate how they could benefit from adopting open badges to support learners across Scotland in addition to the recognition we offer teachers and college lecturers through our CDP courses and training we will explore how we can integrate open badges into our certification processes.”

Erin Knight, Senior Director of Learning and Badges at Mozilla, said: "We are really excited that SQA, as Scotland's national awarding and accreditation body, is actively exploring how best to implement Open Badges as a means to give learners and institutions the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and accomplishments through digital badges."

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This is significant....A national qualifications authority taking Internet badges seriously...

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Assessment on the Web: Part 3

Assessment on the Web: Part 3 | Aqua-tnet |

Accreditation is the main roadblock to innovation in assessment and the wider educational landscape. Credentials are often the gatekeepers to opportunity, recognition, success. Unfortunately, accreditation systems are extremely slow to change, often deeply hierarchical, and transcripts don’t tell us much about interpersonal skills or mastery. But the web can.

On the web, communities come up with their own way to recognize accomplishment. Sometimes they are in line with traditional accreditation and sometimes they are not. These mechanisms are transparent and evolve over time in step with the way communities work and learn. Not surprisingly software developers were the first professional community to do this. They have developed standards of accomplishment and recognition that are built on the web. Other communities are following.

We’ve proposed a number of “opportunities” for how assessment can evolve on the web. The tension between new ways to recognize learning, and the old mechanisms of accrediting learning will increase. And however accreditation shakes out, the web will be an important aspect of how we showcase to others what we have done, the things we have learned, and who we are.

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The third part in this series on assessment for Internet based learning.

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Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners

American Institute for Research

Via Dennis T OConnor
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New report examining the use of digital badges for adult learners

Gerardo Varela's curator insight, November 4, 2013 12:51 AM

Artículo del uso de insignas o Badges en educación superior

JM Gonzalez-Barahona's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:36 PM

Badges are becoming more and more usual in certain learning communities, specially those in non-academic environments. But this system for recognition is extending to many other realms. This report explores how and when to introduce them in a very specific area: adult learners.

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What is an open badging system and how to implement it

ContentWhat are Open-BadgesUnderstanding Open Badges SystemHow to Implement an Open Badge SystemBackpack OptionsImplementation TeamOut of the box solution369121

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Dennis T OConnor
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This may be a little technical, but it clearly explains how an open badge system can work.

terrymc's curator insight, October 10, 2013 7:12 AM

I think there is value in a system that captures skills development evidence on a lifelong basis that many providers could work with. Just because the term 'Badges' is used should not allow it to be trivialised. It could fill a valuable gap that enables employers to find graduates who can meet their immediate and long-term needs. I am following this to see how it works out in practice.


Dr. David Gentile's curator insight, October 15, 2013 11:40 AM

How might education change if Open-Badges become as valuable as a College or University Degree? What about High School? the future of education is moving towards greater individualization while the "Education Systems" move to greater standardization and making the experience the same for all learners. Doesn't this create a conflict?

Dr Weimar's curator insight, October 24, 2013 3:48 PM

Slideshare presentation that provides how-to information.