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.)