The major question that I have had since I’ve started exploring new hosting opportunities for our ORMS badges involves aspects of value, credibility, and “sincerity” of design involved in our badging infrastructure. Put simply, I believe that people will make judgments about the believability, credibility, and relevance of the digital badges based on elements of the metadata, the images used, and where the badge is hosted.
Well, in its most basic form, an Open Badge is a digital reward which can be stored inside a student's ‘digital backpack'. The badges can be achieved by completing tasks and goals set by an issuer, such as a learning provider (awarding badges for achieving soft skills) or a website (for completing an online task), basically anyone who wants to keep a user motivated and interested. The issuer creates the criteria needed for the user to achieve the badge. This is embedded inside the badge in the form of metadata, along with who issued the badge, when it was issued and an expiry date if relevant.
“We believe that badges offer a promising approach to addressing a vexing challenge – getting under and un-employed Americans into high-paying, unfilled jobs,” said Anne Derryberry, one of the course designers and facilitators.
The WICHE Cooperative for Education Technologies (WCET) has announced that they will co-host a massive open online course (MOOC) to examine the growing interest in using badges to document knowledge, skills and competencies when working toward attaining high value professional credentials. Sage Road Solutions LLC, Mozilla, Blackboard Inc., and WCET have collaborated to produce a 6-week shared learning experience that will be offered via Blackboard’s MOOC platform. The MOOC will broaden understandings about approaches to earning high value credentials that benefit institutions, content providers, employers and individuals alike.
The “Badges as New Currency for Credentials” MOOC begins on September 9 and concludes October 14, 2013. It will feature a weekly live session Mondays at 2PM ET for the duration of the course. To register for this free, open course, please visithttps://badges.coursesites.com/.
I spent some time this summer investigating the potential use of badges in my courses for the coming fall, 2013 semester. I realize that some students will embrace this concept and others will not. I thought it appropriate to provide an overview of the process of working with earned badges on this weblog. In subsequent posts, I will explain some the the technology behind the scenes.
What is the current state of research on recognition and accreditation systems for informal and interest-driven learning? In the Badges for Learning Research Collection, we explore some of the opportunities provided by employing badges and other assessment systems in learning communities, some of the dangers, and consider the pressing research questions that need to be addressed.
Over the last year, a wide-ranging public conversation about potential future applications of badges and the place of badges in our learning ecosystem has captured the attention of educators, technology makers, and researchers. How can current and past research inform these debates?
What are the most important questions we need to raise about the effective design and deployment of badge and reputation systems? What empirical and theoretical research supports and informs the design, development, and deployment of digital badges and badge systems across a diverse range of learning content, institutions, and approaches?
Something big is happening in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched a first of its kind initiative, the Chicago Summer of Learning, encouraging youth to engage in more learning activities throughout the summer. The mayor’s office along with the MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla, the Digital Youth Network, University of Chicago and Hive Chicago has worked with over 100 youth serving organizations in the city to not only increase the learning opportunities but to issue digital badges to capture and recognize the learning taking place.
Youth can earn a series of badges that represent the skills and accomplishments from their summer activities. In addition to badging youth for learning in traditional summer programs, there are new opportunities to learn new skills through over a hundred online activities and challenges.
From July through August 2013, the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab is running an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) called The Source for over 140 high school youth on the South Side of Chicago. The game deals with ...
If you have seen me before at conferences and teachmeets evangelising the benefits of having digital leaders in school you will be fully aware of how I first became inspired to employ them in my school; Chris Mayoh has inspired many teachers, not just with his approach to employing digital leaders, but with his thoughts and ideas in many areas of ICT. Today he managed to inspire me even further, alongside the curriculum innovations team he works with in Bradford. I was fortunate enough to be asked to meet with Chris, Tim and Lucy (the DigitalMe team), Paul Scott (Bradford curriculum innovation manager), Tim andJames (curriculum innovations consultants and top chaps!) to share knowledge and ideas about four key areas:
The national context of digital leadersKey advocates of digital leaders nationallyThe open badges initiativeDeveloping digital leaders nationally
Having worked with both Lucy and Tim before, I was aware of the energy they have put into ‘badge the UK‘ and am a big fan of their approach, ethos and values. Their digital leader badge framework has been created by listening to the ideas and views of students and digital leader advocates, in collaboration with the SSAT. It will be valid and relevant because of this.
Summer learning to earn 'digital badges' Philadelphia Public School Notebook (blog) “The goal of badges is to capture your complete learning path – inside and outside of the classroom,” says Meg Cole, Mozilla's marketing and community strategy...
CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN DIGITAL BADGES GardenNews.biz (press release) This summer the Chicago Botanic Garden is embarking on an exciting initiative that uses a new technology — digital badges — to extend the on-site learning experiences of visitors...
Signs Of Change: American Alliance of Museums' Digital Badges Associations Now In the past two years she's become increasingly interested in digital credentialing—a form of online education in which the student receives a publicly visible “badge,”...
Badges will initially be available as part of Buzzmath’s 6th grade program, with plans to expand. Scolab, Inc. just launched their new Common Core aligned, personalized digital badging system inside of their math practice program, Buzzmath.
Buzzmath's badge system is one of 30 winning Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition projects, an initiative that was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and administered by HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) through Duke University and University of California-Irvine, in partnership with the Mozilla Foundation. Since then, they have been part of a team of innovators working on the creation of a digital badge system to explore how badges can be used to help students learn, demonstrate skills, and unlock opportunities.
There is enormous potential for badge initiatives to fundamentally improve the “exchange” of value between educational institutions, learners, and employers. But how is this “currency” defined? Who validates the value of badges? Who defines relevant sets of competencies, and for what purposes? To advance the answers to these and many other questions, we pulled together a team of experts from Mozilla, Blackboard, WCET, and Sage Road Solutions, as well as academic, governmental, civic, and corporate thought leaders, to provide a MOOC that fosters and strengthens emerging badge initiatives: “Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials.”
This free and open MOOC is designed to help teams of people define their own badge initiatives, appropriate to their own contexts, and work through a series of challenges leading to concrete implementation plans. With this scaffolded learning experience, we aspire to broaden the awareness of the potential of badges, and more importantly, to facilitate the implementation of sustainable badge frameworks that offer concrete structures for validated badge “currency” exchange among educational institutions, learners, and employers.
Digital badges can help students pursue personal learning pathways and provide a standardized platform for learners to demonstrate their accomplishments, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Mozilla Foundation.
The report, "Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges," examines how digital badges can be used to improve student learning and outcomes. It explains what digital badges are and how they work, provides examples of digital badges that have already been implemented, and speculates on the future of the system.
According to the report, digital badges are "credentials that represent skills, interests, and achievements earned by an individual through specific projects, programs, courses, and other activities." They provide a digital hyperlink to information about the badge's associated skills and the projects or tasks the badge holder has completed to earn it.
Perhaps the hardest part of working with badges was actually creating them. I decided to use Adobe Illustrator since it generates vector based images (and I haven’t used it that much in the past). I thought those reading this might like to see the process I went through. If you are curious where I got the idea for the specific form of the badge, it is based on some awards I received in grade school many years ago. I thought they looked particularly neat and tried to duplicate them in Illustrator. You will note that I did not include a photo of the original award because I can’t find them at the moment.
I did refer to a number of sites on the WWW for reference from time to time. Yes, Google and Bing are my friends when it comes to learning something new. Unfortunately, I did not keep track of all the sites I referenced. Yes these steps are an accumulation of my research and i should have kept better track of which sites helped me along the way. I encourage those reading this to take better notes when they are working on their projects.
Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that nearly 100,000 badges will be awarded to students who participated in learning activities through Chicago’s first Summer of Learning. This summer, more than 210,000 young people participated in learning opportunities provided by more than 100 organizations. Due to this year’s success, the City of Chicago will continue this program next summer so that every young person in every neighborhood access to high-quality learning programs when school is out of session.
The new ADL Experience API offers interesting opportunities. Yet, it challenges the integration with existing concepts and technologies. An example for these challenges is illustrated by the following question: how does the xAPI relate to Mozilla's Open Badges or E-Portfolio systems like Mahara? Because all these initiatives and tools are related to learning experiences there appears to be a significant overlap. In this article I explain how the xAPI fits into a framework with open learning badges and e-portfolio systems.
At the first sight e-portfolios, learning badges, and the xAPI seem to cover the same use-case of documenting learning across platforms and learning environments. However, on closer inspection we find that each concept only deals with one part of this use case. The following infographic illustrates how the xAPI can be used to link learning activities with e-portfolios.
The Learning in Afterschool & Summer project is working to promote the use of digital badges through our partnership with Youtopia and Public Profit. Below is a blog authored by Nikki Yamashiro that appeared on the ...
In previous posts at HASTAC and Remediating Assessment I argued that we need to look beyond the intended purposes of digital badges and consider the actual functions of badges. This builds on what Jim Greeno has convinced me what happens when situative views of knowing and learning are applied to assessment. A later post elaborated on the summative, formative, and transformative functions of digital badges. That later post also promised a subsequent post on what we might calltranscendent functions. I had written some about it in the original version but it was too long and I really could not wrap my head around it at the time. The upshot was something like this:
Digital badges promise to allow some and force others to transcend existing paradigms of recognizing, assessing, motivating, and studying learning.
Beyond this prediction I could not really add very much beyond referencing Cathy Davidson’s suggestion that the 2012 competition might be the “tipping point” for the DML community.
But in the last couple of week, Cathy Davidson, Bill Penuel, Michael Olneck and others have initiated a really great discussion of this issue on one of our project blog posts at HASTAC on studying learning with digital badges. These exchanges convinced me to return the notion of transcendent functions in light of the work over the subsequent year. Cathy’s closing question on her initial comment really helped move my thinking forward:
Is it possible that the chief importance of badges will be to push wholesale reform of existing credentialing systems? Or is the present system too much rooted in an antiquated view of disciplines, competencies, expertise, authority, credentialing, ability/disability, hierarchy and data to be as useful as badging potentially is for new ways of defining the talents needed in the world we live in now?
Until we have flawless integration methods for displaying your Open Badges on your various social media and networking profiles, we will try our best to share with you any “long-cuts" to getting your...
We envisioned badges.p2pu.org as a place where people could create Badges and use them anywhere–for events, for workshops, and for other online learning experiences outside of of P2PU. Now you can take the Badges ...