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JESS KLEIN: Protyping Peer Assessment for Webmaker

JESS KLEIN: Protyping Peer Assessment for Webmaker | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

For quite some time now we have been talking about the idea of integrating some form of peer assessment and feedback into Webmaker, as a way to level up an individual user's craft and community. Today I want to share some ideas that Chloe Varelidi and I have been tinkering with and starting to actually prototype with Atul Varma. I am going to do a little walkthrough of a potential user experience. Keep in mind that some of this is probably wrong, but I want to put it out there so that we can work on polishing those bits.Imagine that you came to Webmaker and you were looking for a way to learn or gain specific skills. You click on the "Skills" tab (I'm sure there are tons of other names that could be more appropriate for this navigation item). On the skills page you see all of the possible badges that you can apply for - and these badges in the future will not just be individual small badges, but represent larger learning pathways.

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Bonnie Jeansonne's curator insight, May 17, 2013 4:40 PM

Thanks for the post. This went a long way to helping me figure out how to have students achieve a badge at the end of a process. 

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Behind The Scenes Technology: P2PU & A Badge or P2P & A Degree?

Behind The Scenes Technology: P2PU & A Badge or P2P & A Degree? | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Instead of the traditional degree or certificate that are earned in traditional higher education institutions, P2PU offers learners digital badges. The Chronicle of Higher Education author Kevin Carey quotes the MacArthur foundation as saying that a badge was "a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest" Carey provides a very simple image of a digital badge by relating it to the items that Scouts were on their uniforms and earn for completing selected task. P2PU states that they have"pioneered the use of badges to recognize skills and projects. We’vepublished papers on the subject. Scaled the badge model for a pilot of 500 learners. Won grants for our implementation." Bb helped hundreds earn a FREE digital badge through their first MOOC with Dr. Bonk on Coursesites, so even a traditional higher education company is employing badges and other companies are using them for staff professional development. The three questions that I have is: (1) What is stopping people from making their own badges, who is the governing body for digital badges?, (2)Are we just going from degree/diploma mills to badge mills?, and (3) what does P2PU have to offer course/group leaders that Bb Coursesites does not?

With Blackboard or another LMS, a good instructor can create the same peer 2 peer communication, support, and learning through journals, blogs, team assignments, groups, webinars, and peer review tools. While as the world and technology are always changing, education must change also. But currently, I believe employers are still looking for degrees/diplomas and work experience on resumes. I think P2PU is a great resource or help to struggling students, but not a replacement for traditional education. As Julie Kelleher posted today on Blackboard's blog, how does someone put a value on college. 

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Student-made badges as self-assessment | @writingproject

Student-made badges as self-assessment | @writingproject | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The ten badges attached to this resource are from the first month and a half of our weekly self-assessment practice. Each Friday we badge what we have learned. To begin, we grab our journals and write about the learning that sticks out to us from the last week. Then we pick the pieces of learning that seem most powerful or fun to each of us. These are the pieces of learning that we will badge. We make 2-3 design sketches per badge and then pick our favorite designs to make.

 

Most of us use digital tools to make our badges; those of us who draw take digital pictures of our badges to upload to our computers. Some of us use piq, an online pixel art editor. Some of us have begun using other editors, like Acorn or Paintrbush, as well. We share a Bamboo Create tablet - we could use more, but don't need them. It doesn't cost anything to badge.

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Assessing Learning | Zythepsary

Assessing Learning | Zythepsary | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Marking achievements within the learning process serves to motivate and inspire learners, as opposed to demotivation because of a single assessment at the end of the program. This is also something we’re starting to do (check out Open Badges and this year’s Digital Media and Learning Competition). In addition, showing the pathway a learner takes, where along the pathway a learner stumbled, what a learner did to acquire a certain skill or complete a certain task – these things allow an outside observer to gain insight into how the learner got from point A to point B and who the learner might be as a result of the path he/she took.

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Badges and Assessment (part 1) | Coordinating Curation

I’ve come on board to work on two projects, the first to help develop a badge backpack, and the second is to work with Philipp Schmidt and the Peer-2-Peer University (P2PU) to experiment with peer-based educational assessment and recognition. The relationship between the two projects is simple: some peer-based assessments on P2PU will result in students being given digital badges; these badges will then get stored in a digital backpack.

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My Paperless Classroom: Critical Thinking About Assessment With Students

My Paperless Classroom: Critical Thinking About Assessment With Students | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

When I looked at bringing badges into my class I thought about how can badges be used to open a discussion of goals and assessment. From the reading I have done it seems like at their best, badges improve student engagement by allowing them to act like the stakeholders they are. I brought my students into the process. During one class, after we had discussed the essay we are writing, I introduced the idea of badges and asked them to design badges for The Odyssey unit.

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Elsevier Reviewer Badges and Rewards scheme | Simon Gosling |

Elsevier Reviewer Badges and Rewards scheme | Simon Gosling | | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Reviews can take a long time to complete well. Too often, there is little incentive to academics with full schedules to complete reviews. Offers of 30-day free access to a journal are usually unhelpful because institutions provide access to staff and students anyway through license agreements. Moreover, the efforts that go into writing a review, do not usually present anything tangible that can be included on a CV, or put in a portfolio, or even on an office wall. This is especially frustrating for early career researchers, for whom the lengthy process of peer reviewing articles can go un-noticed. For instance, while one can state on their CV that they “have been a peer-reviewer  for Journal of…”, this does not reflect how many reviews they have completed. Essentially, the total amount of effort that has been employed is under-represented and does not help with career progression.  

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Colleges Use 'Digital Badges' to Replace Traditional Grading | EdWeek

Colleges Use 'Digital Badges' to Replace Traditional Grading | EdWeek | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The badge system Halavais created relied on a peer-review process in which certain students who had achieved a certain level of badge could approve other students' badges, says Rossi. All badges were sent to Halavais for final review.

 

"I'm pretty much an independent worker, so [this system] caused me to reach out, which was a little uncomfortable at first, but it was great once you broke the ice," says Rossi. "Everybody really enjoyed the interaction of reviewing and being reviewed."

 

And because the class was online, the setup helped spur collaboration and interactivity with his peers, creating a sense of community in lieu of a face-to-face classroom.

 

In addition, there were a variety of ways to earn an A for the course, allowing students to choose their own personalized course through the class. "It just expands your possibilities," Rossi says.

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Open Badges and Assessment

Open Badges and Assessment | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

I really like the idea of the awarding of badges by peers. In an FE college in the North west of England they set up a staff development system to encourage their staff to use technology to enhance their teaching. This was set up as an 8 step process from ‘uploading the course documents’ to ‘ facilitating collaborative and interactive learning’. The nice thing about this was that once a tutor had gained their 8th level they automatically became an assessor and were able to verify work done by another colleague. This took away the need for the staff development team to spend a large amount of their time in verification and encouraged peer development and support. This might be a possible model for the awarding of badges within an organisation for staff or learner development.

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