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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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The Open Universe(ity): Motivating the Twenty-First Century Teacher in a Digital Badge Ecosystem

SUNY Empire State College’s Virtual Teacher Incubator in the School for Graduate Studies hopes to implement a series of digital badges during the next year to increase the recognition of quality teacher practices, projects, skills, and experiences. Traditional assessments of teacher development, .i.e. the Danielson model (The Danielson Group, 2011), may miss specific teacher successes as it focuses on a closed-rubric of unsatisfactory, basic, proficient, and distinguished categorical distinctions (Danielson, 2011). As a non-traditional assessment that focuses on individualized achievements, badges in the Virtual Teacher Incubator create another level of accredited validation of teaching abilities that have been demonstrated inside or outside of the classroom environment. The digital badging ecosystem not only provides authentic recognition of accomplishments for performance evaluations and professional development, but also creates a motivating learning community of shared and evaluated teaching practices across New York State.

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The Quiet Revolution in Open Learning - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Quiet Revolution in Open Learning - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The latest and most sophisticated open educational resources have tests embedded within them because assessment is a fundamental element of learning. Feedback-based, assessment-driven "cognitive tutors" developed by learning scientists at Carnegie Mellon are woven into science, engineering, and philosophy courses produced by the university's Open Learning Initiative.

...These disparate elements are beginning to form an entire ecosystem for teaching and crediting human knowledge and skill, one that exists entirely outside the traditional colleges and universities that use their present monopoly on the credentialing franchise to extract increasingly large sums of money from students.

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Competencies, Badges, and OER top Predictions for 2012

Competencies, Badges, and OER top Predictions for 2012 | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Thank you to everyone who participated in our call for elearning predictions for 2012.  We received quite a variety of opinions on what we can expect for the coming year. There seemed to be plenty of worries about what others will do to us rather than for us.  The impacts of competencies and badges are on the minds of several of us.

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PushmePullyou | Assessing Education

PushmePullyou | Assessing Education | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Along with the Badges for Learning program, there are a number of other initiatives that warrant our attention and particularly that of the OERu. OER University is an outgrowth of the Open Educational Resource Foundation.

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