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Sunny Lee: Badges at Mozfest

Sunny Lee: Badges at Mozfest | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
I have survived my first Mozfest.
It was exciting, energizing and exhausting. Having hosted 3 sessions throughout the 2 days; Designing Open Badges in the Wild with colleagues Doug Belshaw and Emily...
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Friday badges wrap up

A quick post to keep folks up to date on what's been going on with Webmaker Badges + a few other things—starting with a quick catch-up post from the previous week. (And yes, I know it's not Friday....
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The great mismatch | The Economist

The great mismatch | The Economist | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

IN PARTS of Europe and the Middle East more than a quarter of 15- to 24-year-olds do not have a job. In some black spots such as Spain and Egypt the figure is more than a half. Altogether 75m of the world’s young people are unemployed and twice that number are underemployed. This not only represents a huge loss of productive capacity as people in the prime of life are turned into dependants. It is also a potential source of social disruption and a daily source of individual angst. The Japanese have a word for the 700,000 young people who have withdrawn from society into domestic cocoons: hikikomori.

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#Openbadges at #MozFest, surfacing and rewarding contribution in an online community

#Openbadges at #MozFest, surfacing and rewarding contribution in an online community | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

I had been asked to contribute to the session on open badges and to share my perspective on them. The session was split into yack and hack – a chance to discuss where open badges could fit and then to work on designing a badge, expressing the behaviours we would want it to promote and developing the criteria for it. The session provided a chance to reflect on the work we are doing at the JISC RSC Scotland with issuing open badges for our online courses and to consider scenarios where open badges could add value. One of the key areas the group I was working with felt was worth exploring, was how to recognise the contributions of individuals to an online community.

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JESS KLEIN: Demo: Getting Badges in to Thimble

Lately we've been preoccupied with getting a working proof of concept prototype for issuing badges in the Thimble and Popcorn editors. As I've talked about before, badges give you the opportunity to gain embedded assessment and real time feedback during your web making activity. Our goal is to get badges into Thimble by the Mozilla Festival, so we really needed a proof of concept as a jumping off point for us to move forward with iterating. Here is a demo of that prototype made by myself and Atul Varma.

 

You can check out the actual prototype: here: http://thimble-badges-movie.toolness.org/

The prototype doesn't represent the look and feel or the user experience design, however it does explore all of the different components of getting a badge within the editor and allows us to see what the touchpoints are for the end user.

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Getting up to speed on the technical side of #openbadges | Doug Belshaw

Getting up to speed on the technical side of #openbadges | Doug Belshaw | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

...Badges are images that have the metadata encoded into that image. The process of encoding that metadata is called ‘baking’ and Mozilla are doing this on behalf of issuers during the beta period.

 

OpenBadger is an OBI-compliant badge issuing system that will be ready towards the end of 2012. Right now, though, because the OBI is an open specification, others are available such as badg.us. These are fairly straightforward and easy-to-use if you want to get started issuing badges.

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What we’re up to with Mozilla Webmaker (Open) badges. | Doug Belshaw's blog

What we’re up to with Mozilla Webmaker (Open) badges. | Doug Belshaw's blog | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
Update: I don't think I make it clear enough in this post that this is an example of Mozilla 'eating it's own dogfood'.
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Webmaker Badges

Webmaker Badges | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

I think it’s important to explicitly talk about the why or the goals behind the badges. Not only is that important for justifying and explaining why badges are a huge priority for us, but it can also help inform some of our decisions about the types of badges to include, what’s in scope/out of scope, etc.

 
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Badge System Design: seven ways of looking at a badge system

Badge System Design: seven ways of looking at a badge system | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The methods outlined below include philosophical, conceptual, pedagogical, visual (aesthetic), technical, categorical, and ownership. The last one, ownership, feels a bit odd because it’s not quite parallel to the rest of the bunch. I like a system that has a nice balance and this one has a slight imbalance. Happily, this slightly odd fit serves to emphasize the importance of allowing for an outlier. The outlier will cause you to reconsider your system every time—and that’s a good thing. The outlier is the thing that keeps your badge system honest, keeps it moving and evolving. Because if you’re designing a system so as to keep everyone within a certain range, you’re trying too hard. And you’re deep in the midst of a lush forest.

 

In any case, I’m curious to hear your reaction to these potential sorting efforts. No doubt these groupings can intermixed and most certainly they can be layered, possibly interleaved with one another.

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Badge System Design: Validity, Credibility, and Reliability

Badge System Design: Validity, Credibility, and Reliability | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The question of validity is posed fairly commonly.* It goes something like this, “How can we ensure that the badges have a sense of validity?” or “Who will vet them?” or “How will we know that they’re worthwhile badges issued from reputable sources?”

 

There is a good deal of subtext embedded in these seemingly simple questions. And bound into that subtext is an unwitting/unacknowledged acceptance of the sociocultural status quo. That tacit acceptance should be unpacked and considered. How does any organization achieve validity? How do standards become standards? When the landscape is unknown, how do you learn to trust anything?

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'Digital Badges' Would Represent Students' Skill Acquisition

'Digital Badges' Would Represent Students' Skill Acquisition | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

MOUSE, which operates in 400 sites across the nation, has been experimenting with awarding digital badges for the past two years, says Lesser. So far, the organization has awarded more than 19,000 digital badges for a range of activities, including interacting with other students in MOUSE on its social-networking website; taking care of schools' IT tickets, or requests for technical help; completing workshops; and mastering technical skills such as networking or programming languages like HTML.

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Open Badges & Badge System Design

Humility plays a key role in the design of any system, including badge system design.

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Joining Mozilla Open Badges Team | Chris McAvoy

Joining Mozilla Open Badges Team | Chris McAvoy | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Badges aren’t just simple pictures, the idea is to build a system that builds badges with meaning. Meaning in this case is a set of metadata that can be verified and attributed, both to a particular recipient (the learner) as well as the institution (the issuer). Both sides of that transaction should have control of their choices, a learner should be able to take their badges wherever they go, and the issuer should be able to issue whatever badges they see fit.

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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 for Lifelong Learning | 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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Open Badges & Webmaker Badges in 2013: an ongoing conversation

Open Badges & Webmaker Badges in 2013: an ongoing conversation | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
2013: the conversation continues Happy New Year, triskaidekaphiles! I'm starting off the year with a series of blog posts about where 2012 took us and where we will be headed in 2013. This year wil...
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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 for Lifelong Learning | 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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Mozilla launches Webmaker Badges, linked to Persona, so you can brag about your mad coding skillz

Mozilla launches Webmaker Badges, linked to Persona, so you can brag about your mad coding skillz | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

As a primer, Mozilla recently debuted its Webmaker program in hopes of making it “easy for anyone to make something amazing on the web, learning skills as they go.” Webmaker Badges fit seamlessly with that purpose, throwing gamification and bragging rights into the mix.

Admittedly, at first look these badges feel like a novelty more than anything else, but Mozilla has an interesting plan: to integrate them into Persona identities (which we covered here). With it, Mozilla hopes that these badges will provide a “lasting record” of a user’s capabilities and achievements, so they can show off “their new skills to teachers, classmates, peers or future colleges and employers.” That’s an ambitious goal.

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Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Grantee Update | Sunny Lee

Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Grantee Update | Sunny Lee | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Now that the emotional highs and lows of the competition and conference are behind us and the dust has settled, the winning grantee teams are getting to work on building out their badge systems or badge platforms and we at Mozilla in conjunction with HASTAC and MacArthur are ensuring that the teams have the support and guidance they need to successfully do so.

As part of this effort, Sheryl Grant from HASTAC and I conducted a round of outreach conversations with each of the winning grantee teams. Coordination with 30 winning grantee teams, frequently comprised of multiple team members, traversing different timezones was no trivial task, but it was well worth our time and energy.

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Informal learning, gaming, and #openbadges design | Doug Belshaw

Informal learning, gaming, and #openbadges design | Doug Belshaw | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Recently, within the Mozilla Learning team we’ve been discussing the non-linearity of badge systems and how interest-based learning can be scaffolded and assessed. Obviously the assessment is ultimately going to lead to Open Badges, but a few of us feel that we can’t merely replicate the existing structures found in formal education. There’s not much point in using badges if the learning design still talks about a ’101′ class or uses a Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced approach.

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The Three T's of Badge System Design

The Three T's of Badge System Design | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

We’ve been working on the Mozilla Webmaker badge system, or at least initial alpha badges for the Summer Campaign and it’s tough! We knew that going in - if it were too easy, then we probably wouldn’t end up with very valuable or robust badges - but that didn’t make it easier. There are many things to consider and it’s very easy to get caught up and stuck in the core question of what badges?  That’s a really loaded question because its not just about what to call the badges - which is a rabbit hole of itself altogether - but its also considerations around specific skills, levels and granularity (which is a huge/tough one), assessment, experience, etc. We spent days trying to answer the what badges question - should we have an HTML Level 1 and Level 2 badge, or just an HTML badge (and what do those mean?)?; should we call them Ninjas or Samurais (note: we decided on neither)?, is there a Webmaker badge that everything aggregates up to and if so what are the badges that make that up?; are all badges the same granularity?, etc. The decisions at this level are also things that more people care about and have to sign off on so that also slows down the process.

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StepxStep Onramp to Open Badges | Peter Rawsthorne | MozillaWiki

StepxStep Onramp to Open Badges | Peter Rawsthorne | MozillaWiki | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Helpful resource from Mozilla's Peter Rawsthorne to help onramp folks to Open Badges. 

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Mozilla Open Badges: the ecosystem begins to take shape

Mozilla Open Badges: the ecosystem begins to take shape | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

An Open Badge is a sort of diplomat that can freely cross disciplinary & institutional boundaries. From a systems standpoint, no Open Badge lives alone: each one resides in a larger badge ecosystem. As the ecosystem gains breadth, questions arise about the depth and rigor of each badge—as compared to the current understanding of social, professional, and academic currencies. Many, if not all of the questions of validity will be addressed through not only the methods by which each Open Badge is created but also by the community that develops around it. Endorsers will play a significant role in linking an ecosystem together as will Issuers & Displayers, but then so will “consuming” organizations like employers, academic institutions, community groups, etc.

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Partner Report: Who have we been talking to? | Sunny Lee

Partner Report: Who have we been talking to? | Sunny Lee | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

A big part of my job is talking. I talk to a _lot_ of people who are interested in learning more aboutOpen Badges and the role Mozilla plays in this space, on a regular basis. The meetings I set come from a variety of sources; sometimes, folks reach out to us through our google group, twitter feed, or community calls, other times they come in as a referral through internal Mozilla folks and sometimes they come in through other members of the community and their respective networks. We’re eager and willing to have conversations with just about anyone interested in learning more about Open Badges and exploring how we can either help with their next steps or if they are further along in badge system thinking, how to help them integrate with the Mozilla Open Badge Infrastructure. 

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Erin Knight of Mozilla: Open Chat on Open Badges | HASTAC

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 from 9-10am PST, ConnectedLearning.tv will host an open chat with Mozilla's Erin Knight on the progress and application of Open Badges. Also joining the Google+ Hangout with Erin:

 

* Carla Casilli - @carlacasilli
* Doug Belshaw - @dajbelshaw
* Phillip Simon - @quicm
* Daniel Hickey - @dthickey
* Michael Lai - @mtclai

 

Join Erin and everyone for a chat on Livestream (http://livestream.com/connectedlearningtv) or via Twitter (#connectedlearning). Pose your questions in real-time to Erin, and connect with the growing connected learning community.

 

Learn more about how you can participate at http://bit.ly/Ia535A: after the session, this same page will contain the session's video recording, a curation of the questions asked and resources mentioned, and an archive of the Livestream Chat.

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Mozilla Open Badges ships Beta release

Integration with Mozilla Persona = adding skills and achievements to your online identity. The new Beta release includes integration with Mozilla Persona (formerly BrowserID). This opens the door for users to create a single user-centric identity across the web, with tools like Mozilla Open Badges adding a “reputation layer” that provides a complete story about what they know and have achieved. All through an open, standards-based infrastructure that puts user sovereignty, privacy and security first.

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