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Ditch the resume and pick up a badge, they're not just for Boy Scouts

Ditch the resume and pick up a badge, they're not just for Boy Scouts | Badges as new tool to verify skills | Scoop.it

From tuition fees to transfer credits, higher education issues provoke strong opinions and it’s rare to find an area of consensus. But one issue where there seems to be agreement is the need for students to acquire a diverse mix of skills and capabilities – not just academic training, but also a variety of interpersonal, professional and workplace skills – to prosper in a challenging labour market and contribute to Canada’s future. Unfortunately, even when students acquire such skills, it can prove difficult to turn them into credentials that are recognized in the job market.


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Why We Need Badges Now: A Bibliography of Resources in Historical Perspective | DMLcentral

Why We Need Badges Now: A Bibliography of Resources in Historical Perspective | DMLcentral | Badges as new tool to verify skills | Scoop.it

Two members of our HASTAC/Connected Learning/Digital Media and Learning Competition team have done just that.  They have done us all an enormous service by pausing to compile, curate, and even annotate the first bibliography on digital badges, a marvelously user-friendly bibliographic guide through the thicket of information and ideas in over 160 separate articles, papers, blogs, and other content types.

 

Sheryl Grant is Director of Social Networking for the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition, and PhD student at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Kristan E. Shawgo is HASTAC Special Projects Manager and Ci-BER Library Liaison, and recent MSLS graduate from SILS at UNC-Chapel Hill.  They invite you to contribute your own additions—no bibliography is complete.  But you can find here the best single compendium of scholarly and research articles as well as blogs, news stories, and opinion pieces on badges, categorized, curated, annotated with links.


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Open Badges: Portable Credentials for Learning by Bill Brandon : Learning Solutions Magazine

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Four Innovation Trends to Watch in 2013

Four Innovation Trends to Watch in 2013 | Badges as new tool to verify skills | Scoop.it
Will badging go big? Will multitasking be monetized? And other questions for the new year.
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The School of Open Badges (aka the Evolution of Open Badges 101)

The School of Open Badges (aka the Evolution of Open Badges 101) | Badges as new tool to verify skills | Scoop.it
Back in April of 2012, I developed a course on P2PU called Open Badges 101. People from all over the world signed up for it to learn more about open badges.
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Open Badges in Healthcare Professional Education

A presentation as part of a workshop on Open Badges at Leeds Medical School on 26 November 2012.
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How to make #openbadges work for you and your organisation.

How to make #openbadges work for you and your organisation. | Badges as new tool to verify skills | Scoop.it

The first thing to say is that there is no objectively-awesome way to issue badges. What works for one group of people in one context won’t necessarily work in another context. Having said that, there are some general principles which should stand you in good stead.

 

Second, you’ll find that it’s fairly natural for people to project their worldview into what is, after all, an open and emergent ecosystem.I’ve had people tell me that badges “will inevitably lead to X,” that “you can’t do Y with badges,” and that “Mozilla need to make sure that Z”. The great thing about the Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI) is that it’s a platform for third parties – including you – to innovate and think differently about their organisation is set up to do.

 

Third, there’s some criteria that are required for Open Badges and some that are optional.


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Recognizing, Supporting, and Attracting Adult Learners with Digital Badges | Dan Hickey

Recognizing, Supporting, and Attracting Adult Learners with Digital Badges | Dan Hickey | Badges as new tool to verify skills | Scoop.it

Shifting demographics and workplaces create new needs for non-traditional adult learners. Two responses to these changes have been online learning and certificates. The use of digital badges is another response to these needs that is full of potential.

 

Digital badges offer new ways to recognize and support learning. This means that they also offer new ways of attracting students. When used appropriately, digital badges contain and present compelling evidence of learning and accomplishment. Students will naturally want to share their badges and the information they contain with their friends and colleagues via social networks, Twitter, or even email. This sharing should help programs and schools connect with previously untapped prospective students. In particular, the sharing of digital badges can help specialized programs gain recognition within whatever networks are associated with that specialization. When done right, this sharing should help busy adults who are not actively considering further education to see the value of a particular program.


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Digital Badges: A More Viable Currency for Returning Adult Students? | Kyle Peck

Digital Badges: A More Viable Currency for Returning Adult Students? | Kyle Peck | Badges as new tool to verify skills | Scoop.it

Higher education is based largely on the assumption that students want degrees, and therefore they want the courses that are required to earn those degrees. And that assumption has been valid. Degrees have been a “ticket” that offered the possibility of admission to a desirable career (if it wasn’t sold out).

 

But as more and more people sought and received degrees, the increasing number of tickets available decreased the probability that the ticket would guarantee admission. And, as more and more institutions were printing tickets based on their own criteria, it became more and more difficult for the gatekeepers to know which ticketholders should be admitted. Many of the applicants already possess what appears to be a valid ticket, and the tickets carry very little information: Name of institution/Name of degree. That’s it.

 

In the next few years, I predict we’ll see more and more adult students interested in accumulating digital badges, as opposed to wanting course credits or degrees. Digital badges are more modular, they do a much better job of describing what the badge holder can do, and they can be assembled in ways that highlight how an individual stands out from the crowd. They can illustrate how he or she has the core qualifications required for consideration, and also has a series of related skills, perspectives, and attributes that add up to competitive advantage. And the quality of each badge can be interrogated with a single click of the mouse.


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World’s first, and therefore largest, smallest, and best, digital badge bingo game! Badge Bingo

World’s first, and therefore largest, smallest, and best, digital badge bingo game! Badge Bingo | Badges as new tool to verify skills | Scoop.it

This November we flew to London for the Mozilla Festival, a gathering of over1,000 passionate people that came together “to push the frontiers of the open web, learn together, and make things that can change the world.” Sounds about right.

 

For Mozilla Festival, Codery built the world’s first, and therefore largest, smallest, and best, digital badge bingo game. Badge Bingo is an interactive game where Festival attendees used digital badges they earned to connect 5 in a row! Digital badges recognize and connect skills and achievements that happen anytime and anywhere. Digital badges are the foundation of a growing global phenomenon that supports individuals to get recognition for skills and achievements online and out of school. You can learn more and earn your first badge at www.openbadges.org.

 

256 badges were played including Mozilla’s very first Webmaker badges and a “You Rock! Badge” we built that uses Moo’s NFC (Near Field Communications) cards and can be earned by making a positive impact on someone. In two days, 99 unique badges were played many of which were built as the game was played.


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Are badges useful in education?: It depends upon the type of badge and expertise of learner | HASTAC


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Samuel Abramovich, Christian Schunn, and Ross Mitsuo Higashi have published a new article about learner motivation and badges at Educational Technology Research and Development.

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Catch-Up on YALSA’s Badge Project @ Midwinter

Catch-Up on YALSA’s Badge Project @ Midwinter | Badges as new tool to verify skills | Scoop.it

The badges support YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth. We are working on seven badges – one for each competency. Badge earners – who we see as any library staff member that works with teens – will gain skills and knowledge in areas such as marketing, professional learning networks, web-based curation and displays, mobile services, and more. Members of the YALSA community will be able to provide feedback to badge earners as a way to bring in peer mentoring and support.

 

Badges are a great way to take part in professional development and provide a visual representation of skills and knowledge to employers, potential employers, peers, colleagues, and more. Badge earners will be able to display their badges on websites, blogs, Facebook, resumes, and so on.


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Employee Badges Indicate Softer Skills [Future Of Work] - PSFK

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The Mozilla Open Badges project allows workers to visually depict their skills and share through social media.
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Open Badges and the Future of Education and Learning

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As you may have read, one of my goals this year is to study different forms of learning credit. By 'different forms of learning credit' I mean alternative means of certifying someone has learned something.
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The School of Open Badges (aka the Evolution of Open Badges 101) |Leah McVie

The School of Open Badges (aka the Evolution of Open Badges 101) |Leah McVie | Badges as new tool to verify skills | Scoop.it

Back in April of 2012, I developed a course on P2PU called Open Badges 101. People from all over the world signed up for it to learn more about open badges. Although I developed it as a very basic personal challenge to learn more about open badges, I was amazed at the wide variety of disciplines (programmers, educators, technologists, etc.) represented in the roster. It launched me into an unexpected community of people who, like me, love to learn. I was encouraged to create more courses on this topic by the wonderful open badges folks at Mozilla and in the open badges community.

 

Fast-forward 8 months and a few conversations later with Peter Rawsthorne (partner-in-crime) and everything is finally in place to begin working on more courses. A collection of courses, in fact, that will become part of the new School of Open Badges on P2PU. The ‘courses’ will really be set up as ‘challenges’ on P2PU, meaning people can enter at any point and complete the work on their own time. (P2PU ‘courses’ rely on the structure of a time period, where ‘challenges’ rely on each individual to rely on their completion rate and motivation to progress.)


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Badges: The Way the New Learner Learns | Digital Learning Environments

Badges: The Way the New Learner Learns | Digital Learning Environments | Badges as new tool to verify skills | Scoop.it

We all do it to some degree or another, that’s why you are reading this article. Some call it professional development, others call it work. I call it my passion. Whatever you call it, more than likely you are using a free social network to help hone your professional skills on a semi-regular basis. More frequently than ever, people are continuing their education outside of the traditional classroom. Whether too busy or too broke, or both, young professionals are skipping school to attend webinars, workshops, and other types of online learning groups to upgrade their skills for a specific job.

 

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This trend of self-directed, laissez faire learning is particularly popular in the technology industry, where skills can become outdated quickly and specialization is necessary. Now, employers are looking for new ways to recognize the valuable ad hoc skill set that a potential new hire may have in their repertoire. Enter Mozilla and the Badge Project. Adopted by Microsoft and now endorsed by the MacArthur Foundation, as their website explains, “Mozilla's Open Badges project is working to solve that problem, making it easy for anyone to issue, earn and display badges across the web -- through a shared infrastructure that's free and open to all. The result: helping learners everywhere display 21st century skills, unlock career and educational opportunities, and level up in their life and work.”


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The School of Open Badges (aka the Evolution of Open Badges 101) |Leah McVie

The School of Open Badges (aka the Evolution of Open Badges 101) |Leah McVie | Badges as new tool to verify skills | Scoop.it

Back in April of 2012, I developed a course on P2PU called Open Badges 101. People from all over the world signed up for it to learn more about open badges. Although I developed it as a very basic personal challenge to learn more about open badges, I was amazed at the wide variety of disciplines (programmers, educators, technologists, etc.) represented in the roster. It launched me into an unexpected community of people who, like me, love to learn. I was encouraged to create more courses on this topic by the wonderful open badges folks at Mozilla and in the open badges community.

 

Fast-forward 8 months and a few conversations later with Peter Rawsthorne (partner-in-crime) and everything is finally in place to begin working on more courses. A collection of courses, in fact, that will become part of the new School of Open Badges on P2PU. The ‘courses’ will really be set up as ‘challenges’ on P2PU, meaning people can enter at any point and complete the work on their own time. (P2PU ‘courses’ rely on the structure of a time period, where ‘challenges’ rely on each individual to rely on their completion rate and motivation to progress.)


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Critical Technology: School of Open Badges

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Over the last couple of weeks a lot has happened with Open Badges and the Peer 2 Peer University. First off I was collaborating with Leah MacVie around what is the follow-on to the P2PU Open badges 101 course. And I was wanting to move my work of putting together a step-by-step into the P2PU as the platform for peer learning around badges. Leah had also done a bunch of great work in developing the first 101 course and had an outline for another... we were wondering how all this would fit together.

I was inspired by Leah's work so I drew on the outlines she had created, added my step-by-step guide outline into the mix and thought a lot about what would be a comprehensive Open Badges curriculum. I created a nine course curriculum and created really brief course descriptions and cane up with a course leveling (beginner, intermediate, expert, and master) approach and gave the courses numbers like 102, 103, 201, 202, etc... I took this work to the Open Badges Community Call to gather feedback.


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