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No Joy in Badgeville - 4 reasons why

No Joy in Badgeville - 4 reasons why | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
Badges, as trumpeted by Mozilla in January 2011, were destined to change the world. They were to empower anyone with the ability to acknowledge the accomplishments of another. Maybe, someday, they ...
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(Open) Badging courses created by the community | JISC RSC Scotland e-Assessment

(Open) Badging courses created by the community | JISC RSC Scotland e-Assessment | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

This post covers work I have been doing recently on developing a badging system for the online courses we run at the JISC RSC Scotland, using the Mozilla Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI). The courses are not formally assessed or accredited so we only issue a Certificate of Completion for successful completion. Much of the course content is created by the learners and it also incorporates peer review so we do also issue a peer award.

 

We wanted to investigate ways to give the certificate and peer award more impact than just a piece of paper stuck in a drawer...


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Critical Technology: Linkages to other badges | Peter Rawsthorne

Critical Technology: Linkages to other badges | Peter Rawsthorne | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Who creates a badges relationships?
I believe two different people (or groups) create the badge relationships; the issuer and the earner. 

 

The issuer creates a badge and its metadata detailing the badges criteria, origin, contact, etc. The issuer also knows how the badge exists in relationship to other badges. Does the badge stand alone as representing a skill or knowledge all on its own? or does the badge exist with other badges to be a part of a curriculum, learning objectives, a learning journey or a cluster of skills and knowledge?

 

The earner, who has little control over a badges metadata, will also create relationships between badges. Is the earner creating their own learning journey or clustering badges to represent a unique set of skills and knowledge. I believe one of the strengths of badges is how the earner is given greater control of their learning by allowing them to create a personalized curriculum.The earner needs to be able to organize their own badges. Fortunately this can be done in the Mozilla badges backpack.

 

This distinction is important when considering the required additions to the badge metadata specification. Once a badge is issued its attributes cannot be altered for (given current thinking) this would invalidate the badge. I agree with this assertion. What this means is that if an earner wants to set relationships among their earned badges this needs to be done in the earners badge backpack and not alter the metadata of the badge itself. I believe the issuer has many reasons to set the relationships within the metadata of the badge, as the issuer understands how the badges fits within learning and related learning. Look to the above webmaker badges for an example of this.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges 3.1 - Importance of a stable URL

The first of three screencasts on the basic requirements for setting a server to be a badge issuer. In this screencast I provide an overview of the basic server and configuration needs to issue a badge manually, and discuss the importance of a stable URL for the origin, criteria and evidence json attributes. This screencast is a part of a step-by-step guide built to support the onboarding of the non-technical OBI implementer.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Step 2.2: Technical Prerequisites - Technology Stack(s)

The second of three screencasts on the technical prerequisites for integrating with the Open Badges Infrastructure. In this screen cast I discuss the technology stack(s) required for each of the three roles of; issuer, earner, and displayer. This discussion is more of a logical view of the technologies you need. The idea being we are building on ideas from the non-technical perspective. Getting deeper into the technology will come in later screencasts.This screencast is a part of a step-by-step guidebuilt to support the onboarding of the non-technical OBI implementer.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Step 1: Claim your first badge

In this screencast I look at some of the technical resources available for introducing someone to the open badges infrastructure (OBI). The screencast is a part of the Introduction to Open Badges Step by Step guide. The main theme of this screencast is to claim a couple of badges and to look at a number of badge issuers.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Case Study 1 - Wikiversity, part 2

Critical Technology: Open Badges Case Study 1 - Wikiversity, part 2 | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

This case study is the second of a series of case studies created to help people learn about open badges. This case study describes the manual issuing of Mozilla Open Badges from within aWikiversity course. This screencast discusses the technology required to implement the manual issue of the badge. It also describes how the criteria and evidence to manually issue badges can be stored and assessed.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges, LRMI and OER | Peter Rawsthorne

Critical Technology: Open Badges, LRMI and OER | Peter Rawsthorne | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Over the last few months I have immersed myself in Open Badges. As I explore this technology I can't help but reflect upon my past experiences as an educational technologist, software developer, OER content creator, project lead and solutions architect. And yes, all these apply as I fold LRMI into the mix

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Critical Technology: Open Badges FAQs | Peter Rawsthorne

Critical Technology: Open Badges FAQs | Peter Rawsthorne | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Over the last few months I have been working on updating both the General and Technical FAQs for the Mozilla Open Badges project.

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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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On Badges: Why Evidence Is More Important Than Credentials

As John Seely Brown pointed out in his keynote at DML 2012, the lifetime of skills is getting shorter all the time. Rather than just recognizing skills, digital badges create new opportunities to come up with creative ways to support learners in reflecting on their learning experiences and planning new ones. Skills will become obsolete, but learning experiences will continue to be valuable. Digital badges can provide an open resource for collecting and sharing authentic work samples that demonstrate to employers the experiences and qualities that make an applicant a great hire. An ePortfolio for an engineering job that includes a video of the applicant at 14 years old presenting their science fair project could say much more than 1,000 words.

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Validating Open Badges | Jon Buckley

Validating Open Badges | Jon Buckley | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Last week I had the opportunity to work with Brian Brennan, who is the technical lead on Mozilla’s Open Badges project. One of the problems that interested me during the work week was validating open badges.

 

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I built a demo that showed off in-browser verification of badges. I’d love to see the badge spec continue to evolve, and become even more robust. The next step is signing badges is going to ensure that they can’t be tampered with. It should be interesting to verify that inside the browser. It’d also be good to switch to the ‘iTXt’ PNG chunk, which is designed to hold international text, such as URLs.

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Mozilla Tackles Online Education with Badges, Open Badges - Softpedia

Mozilla Tackles Online Education with Badges, Open Badges - Softpedia | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

While badges are more commonly associated with games and similar things, in this case, they'll provide a visual cue to someone's accreditation, skills and learning.

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Telling the Story: Don't Need No Badges...

The important part of Mozilla Badges is that it's not just a pretty picture. There's data actually embedded in the badge graphic (the PNG format allows this). That data tells you where to get the public assertion that you earned the right to display your badge proudly.

 

For mine, the assertion looks like this. OK, it doesn't look that pretty. What it is is a well-formed JSON structure in Mozilla's approved format.

 

How would you display your pretty badges on your page? All you need now is the BadgeWidgethack. (This may get folded into Mozilla).

 

Of course there's lots of technicalities to building and baking badges. (A 'baked' badge has the data added to the graphic.) Explore yourself! There's even a badge to be earned: Open Badges 101 at P2PU.

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Pushing Badges from ForAllBadges to a Backpack and Beyond | Dan Hickey and Andi Rehak

Pushing Badges from ForAllBadges to a Backpack and Beyond | Dan Hickey and Andi Rehak | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

In a separate post, Dan explained he used ForAllBadges to issue OBI-complaint badges within the Oncourse course management system.  This post explains how these badges earners can "push" their badges out of the class and into their open badges backpack and beyond to Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

This post is intended to be a very concise explanation for using backpacks when using the ForAllBadges platform.  In particular it highlights the fact that badge earners must have an open badges backpack before they can push their badges to it.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges 3.2 - Configuring for the json content-type

The second of three screencasts on the basic requirements for setting-up a server to be a badge issuer. In this screencast I look at configuring the web server to support the json content-type. This screencast is a part of a step-by-step guide built to support the onboarding of the non-technical OBI implementer.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Step 2.3: Technical Prerequisites - Server Infrastructure

The last of three screencasts on the technical prerequisites for integrating with the Open Badges Infrastructure. In this screen cast I discuss the server infrastructure required for each of the three roles of; issuer, earner, and displayer. I mostly spend my time describing the server needs of the issuer, where the displayer is quite similar to the issuer, especially if it becomes a fat displayer. And by fat I mean it offers a lot of displayer services related to badges and their earners. Again, the earner requires the least infrastructure, but can require more if we begin down the road of federated backpacks. More on the federated backpack in a later screencast.This screencast is a part of a step-by-step guide built to support the onboarding of the non-technical OBI implementer.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Step 2.1: Technical Prerequisites - JavaScript

The first of three screencasts on the technical prerequisites for integrating with the Open Badges Infrastructure. In this screen cast I discuss the basic javascript you need to know to manually issue badges. I also touch upon the prerequisites if you move beyond manually issuing badges and integrate with an LMS or other server application. This screencast is a part of a step-by-step guide built to support the onboarding of the non-technical OBI implementer.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Step 0.4: P2Pu Open badges 101

In this screencast I look at Peer 2 Peer Universities Open badges 101 course. The screencast is a part of the Introduction to Open Badges Step by Step guide. The main theme of this screencast is to encourage people to familiarize themselves with and complete the course.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Case Study 1 - Wikiversity, part 1 | Peter Rawsthorne

Critical Technology: Open Badges Case Study 1 - Wikiversity, part 1 | Peter Rawsthorne | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

This case study is the first of a series of case studies created to help people learn about open badges.This case study describes the manual issuing of Mozilla Open Badges from within a Wikiversity course. This screencast discusses the scenario for the case study and touches upon how to design a badging system. It also describes how the criteria and evidence to manually issue badges can be stored and assessed.

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Critical Technology: openbadges | Peter Rawsthorne

Critical Technology: openbadges | Peter Rawsthorne | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The open badges team uses a collection of online tools and approaches for community engagement. This collection of tools is used for a number of different contexts. They range from open community engagement with a large number of participants to small one-on-one engagements. The tools offer both synchronous and asynchronous approaches.

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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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An Update on Mozilla's OBI: Open Badger

It’s not really fair to smoosh three big topics into a single heading. Beyond the words though, we don’t have a solid plan for any of the three features above. By the end of the second quarter, we want to have paper versions of all the above. They’re topics we’ve thrown around for a while now, if they’re not obvious, some definitions:

 

Endorsement is the ability for one badge issuing organization to endorse another organization’s badges. Endorsement is a significant step towards a badge ‘economy’, where badges have objective worth relative to one another. A badge with multiple endorsements will probably be ‘worth’ more than a badge without the endorsements.

 

Public key infrastructure will allow issuers to sign a badge cryptographically. Badge signing will allow the issuers an extra level of security, but will also give the earners truly portable badges, even if the issuer goes away, or stops hosting the badge’s assertion file.


Federated backpacks are the holy grail of the open badges infrastructure. Mozilla’s hosted backpack can’t be the only backpack out there, we want everyone to create and host backpacks. We want them discoverable though, which complicates things. We need a system for making all the backpacks in the world act like one giant backpack for the purposes of aggregation and discovery. This is a tricky one, but it will be super awesome when we’re done with it. Super awesome.

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Open Badges Roadmap - World of E's | Mozilla's Erin Knight

2012 is a big implementation and roll out year - we will be releasing everything publicly in a way that makes it as easy for people to plug in as possible. We’ll put it out there and then get out of the way and let the ecosystem grow. Here are the things we know we need to do:

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Mozilla's Open Badges Offer Ways for You to Showcase Your Skills

Mozilla's Open Badges Offer Ways for You to Showcase Your Skills | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

If you're a tech-savvy person who has spent time around other tech-savvy people in a workplace or development environment, you're probably either familiar with "constant learners" who are always adding to their tech-focused accomplishments, or you are one yourself. Many techies complete coursework on the side, obtain certification after certification, and display an unwavering effort to keep learning. Mozilla has now opened up its Open Badges Infrastructure project, which allows constant tech learners to showcase their skills and achievements.

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