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Can Digital Badges Motivate Learners? A Framer Looks At Badges

Can Digital Badges Motivate Learners? A Framer Looks At Badges | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

More broadly, a variety of means of demonstrating, validating, and assessing a person’s accomplishments are already becoming part of the ecology of the web, but (1) they are mostly distributed across a range of different websites, and (2) much of that distribution is outside of any given person’s control. The idea here is to create a badge infrastructure and system in which a student/person can consolidate and display their accomplishments in one place (what Mozilla calls a “badges backpack”). It’s described as a way for a person to tell a story about themselves in a visual, and more powerful, way than a traditional resume or CV could ever do.

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Digital badges: the future of education?

Digital badges: the future of education? | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Meet the ‘digital badge‘. This is essentially an electronic method of gaining recognition for activities undertaken, and skills or knowledge acquired. The intention of those promoting the concept is that digital badges will become recognised currency as a qualification. So will this be the ultimate modularisation, with people assembling their own programme of achievement and qualification? I suspect it is unlikely that digital badges will replace university degree qualifications for those who need the latter, but the informality and flexibility of the concept may potentially have an influence on how degree programmes are structured.

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What did we learn during a ‘semester of learning’ on #openbadges over at P2PU.org? | dougbelshaw.com/blog

What did we learn during a ‘semester of learning’ on #openbadges over at P2PU.org? | dougbelshaw.com/blog | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Every time a new educational fad erupts it seems to be polarizing, which seems to hold true in the conversations surrounding the dml announcement. Instead of talking about whether we agree or disagree with the movement a better topic would be, what can these badges do for education, specifically assessment.

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State of the DML competition conversation

Lots of discussion and general poking-it-with-a-stick is occurring on Twitter. The conversation ranges from curiosity to “I’ve been thinking about something like this for a while,” to “when can we start implementing this?” While a few negative tweets float through, the initial shock of the new seems to have worn off and contemplation is beginning in earnest. A wonderful outcome: it appears that potential entrants are searching each other out through Twitter.

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Forget the College Degree: Earn Digital Badges Instead - CBS MoneyWatch.com

Forget the College Degree: Earn Digital Badges Instead - CBS MoneyWatch.com | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The digital badgeconcept is an intriguing attempt to allow Americans to show what they know without relying on degrees. It can also be a boost for Americans with college degrees who want to change jobs, but don’t have the requisite degree to back up what they know or have learned informally.

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How to help loads of people to learn with each other | P2PU Blog

Peer learning that scales: Having great challenges makes great facilitation easier. It allows self-learners to get started on their own or in informal cohorts. It let’s us lower the bar for more people to get involved to answer questions, or act as mentors, which is much easier and takes less time than signing-up as a course facilitator. Learning cohorts can be organized around specific challenges, nudging everyone currently working on a particular challenge to support each other. And it’s straight-foward to attach badges to challenges, which act both as motivators to work harder, and map out a path along which to progress.

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“Credentialized badge” is an oxymoron?

If you look for a theory of action of the competition (and of Mozilla’s open badges), it appears to run off the added motivation virtual badges and other “in the moment” awards give many videogame players. If nominal recognition works in games and in many areas of life, this implied theory of action runs, why not formalize it with a structure for recognizing such achievements, let people earn them, demonstrate them in other contexts? … and then they become credentials, as Kevin Carey proposed in May.

 

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Making assessment work like the web

Making assessment work like the web | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Cathy Davidson‘s comment on my last post about Open Badges — and her recent op ed in the Washington Post — get to the heart of an exciting shift taking place in learning and assessment. A shift where assessment is no longer seen as separate, standardized and external (first you learn, then you externally measure it). But instead, where assessment and feedback are baked right into the learning process, in a much more transparent, social and participatory way.

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Badges: the Boy & Girl Scouting of Higher Education |

Badges: the Boy & Girl Scouting of Higher Education | | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The badge framework has a lot going for it. The idea nicely meshes with other alt.ed concepts, like game-based learning, and “knowledge-map” style progress grids that help improve student motivation and achievement tracking. Most importantly, the Badge system has the ability to bring together all types of traditional and non-traditional learning into one flexible, scalable standard. In addition to the standard university degree and the few professional credentials that exist (LEED, CPA, RN, etc.) students will be able to access (and get credit for) their educational experience from a variety of platforms

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Badges for Lifelong Learning | HASTAC

Badges for Lifelong Learning | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

HASTAC's new Badges group is open to all. Start a forum, create a poll, meet up with others who are talking about badges, badges, badges.

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Digital Badges to Encourage Learning | thinktanK12 Blog

Digital Badges to Encourage Learning | thinktanK12 Blog | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

For younger students, this could mean that they earn badges for mastering concepts in school, learning multiplication, for instance, or being able to identify the parts of speech. For older students and adults, the badges might recognize life experience, or skills learned on the job, as well as academic accomplishments. In addition to sharing accomplishments, the badges may represent a better gauge of users’ skills, potentially leading to real-world academic and employment opportunities.

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'Badges' for Lifelong Learning: Reframing the Debate | DMLcentral

'Badges' for Lifelong Learning: Reframing the Debate | DMLcentral | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Badges are not an end in themselves but a means to that end. But what is that end? To my mind it’s working towards a society where learning is recognized to happen anywhere, at any time, and with such learning valued by society. To return to Illich, “Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting” (lllich, Ritualization of Progress). How do we facilitate these settings? How do we represent that type of learning? I’m hopeful that we can do so through Badges.

 

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Response to David Wiley on an education “badge” system

Response to David Wiley on an education “badge” system | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

If a “badge” is the sort of thing that by common practice almost anybody can define, and then claim, then I’m not likely to take it seriously, and most others won’t either. In other words, the badge is a credential and a credential has to have, well, credibility. If supposed credentials are granted as easily as diploma mill “degrees,” the whole endeavor will–obviously, I think–not get off the ground. Some geeks might go about claiming to have all sorts of “badges,” but when it comes to hiring, I will ignore such self-claimed badges.

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Techne » Badges for learning: a NITLE videoconference discussion

Techne » Badges for learning: a NITLE videoconference discussion | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Hangout participants suggested that badges should be the domain of creativity and imagination. We agreed on the importance of peer learning, which badges could be seen to support. Some saw badges as not really being part of gamification, but instead belonging to something quite different in education: “identity management”. One argued that badges can empower individuals to own more of their online lives, by helping grow or take responsibility for the internet’s growing reputation layer. Badges could be viewed as a form of “social proof” that “you know what you know”, offering another way of proving one has learned.

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Instructional Media @ Wilkes: Badges -- reward or recognition

Instructional Media @ Wilkes: Badges -- reward or recognition | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Badges seem to be the new hot ticket in many classrooms today, but I have to say I'm not really comfortable with implementing what is essentially a points-based reward system. I'm not convinced that these kinds of extrinsic rewards pay-off with long term behaviour change, and I think the novelty wears off for children at a certain point.

 

I envision an 'Explorer badge' for people who go on safari and bring back interesting files, links, and resources to the group. If I'm a bit cagey in the way I put this together they should have to cross topics to complete their badge. I hope this will accommodate those who want to create a new file, experiment with different features of their boards, become more expert at something, explore other resources and add to our collection, and so forth.

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Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Heats Up | Socrato Learning Analytics Blog

Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Heats Up | Socrato Learning Analytics Blog | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Whether you’re all for badges or concerned about some of the ramifications, now is the time to join the conversation – if not the competition. Comment and share your impressions, pro and con. Meanwhile, stay tuned for more on badges and their evolving role in education, tutoring and testing. This idea clearly has legs and potential

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Global Kids' Online Leadership Program

Global Kids' Online Leadership Program | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

With the new level of attention to learning badges, ignited in large part from the focus of the fourth Digital Media and Learning Competition on "Badges for Lifelong Learning," we thought it would be useful to share one case study of creating a badging system from scratch within one learning institution.

 

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Badges 101 Webinar

Badges 101 Webinar | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Badges 101 Webinar: Thursday, October 6, 2011 @ 3pm EST. We invite you to learn more about open badges during a series of interactive webinars hosted by the Mozilla Foundation and the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media & Learning Competition. What are badges? What are open badges? How can badges work for learners? Click here for information on joining the webinar.

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Techne » Badges and education: a NITLE videoconference discussion

Techne » Badges and education: a NITLE videoconference discussion | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Today a group of educators from across North America met to discuss the Mozilla Foundation’s badges for learning initiative. NITLE organized this impromptu conversation, using Google’s Hangout function for a videoconference platform. What follows are my notes, abbreviated and summary in an attempt to keep up with the free-wheeling exchange.

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Badges as signals for employers: a critique

Badges as signals for employers: a critique | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Off the bat, let me say that I am largely a supporter of the open badges infrastructure and the many interesting activities swirling around its development, from the recently announced DML competition to existing badging experiments to new forms of assessment via platforms and communities such as P2PU. Or, perhaps I should say that I am a supporter of experimentation and dialog around educational and scientific innovation, and badges seem to be inspiring such things, so that's good. My critique here is significantly ameliorated by the openness of the developing badge infrastructure and the well meaning passions of the people involved.

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Responding to some criticisms about ‘badges’ for lifelong learning | dougbelshaw.com/blog

Responding to some criticisms about ‘badges’ for lifelong learning | dougbelshaw.com/blog | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

This brings me to the final question, which may actually offer some solutions… If this is supposed to operate as a truly “open” educational accreditation system, outside the boundaries of the traditional institution, what will the student assessment process look like? There has to be a full-proof method for awarding these badges to students who have met the requirements. Those who have written on the subject describe a hybrid system. Some of the time badge approval will be granted by compensated experts, we know them as teachers. Other times, however, badges can be granted through a peer review process. This possibly is the scariest, but also most powerful component of the new badge system. This peer review process, in many ways, is the best hope it has to revolutionize the process and create a truly “open” accreditation system.

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Badge - Hybrid Days

A badge consists of a symbol that works as an indicator of an achievement, ability or quality. Its use helps to recognise the competences and the knowledge acquired on open on-line environments. The badges provide solutions to a series of key questions on any open participatory process: how to guarantee that a person has actively followed a debate, group work, etc. when working on non-physical environments? Is it possible to use a visual standard to show that someone has certain skills? (Very important on wikis, crowdsourcing projects and scientific/technical debate areas) What improvements and new skills/knowledge have been acquired participating on online working groups?

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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

They sound fantastic! Badges (in patch form) have been around for the past century. It just seems logical until we start to look at their effects. From my personal experience, I have learned a great deal from my professional learning network, reading books and blogs, and through various conversations with individual educators and administrators.  I did this after I obtained a degree in education. I did this with no guidance; merely seeking, experimenting, reflecting, and acting. I did all of this for intrinsic purposes because I felt that the time spent doing this would help me...

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Mozilla Gives Out Gold Stars

Mozilla Gives Out Gold Stars | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

The Open Badges announcement has prompted a swath of opinions. Some believe the ‘badgification’ of activities will lead to commoditization of learning, sucking the joy and spontenaity out of tinkering and playing, and that adding badges will drain the intrinstic motivation from the participants, leading to poorer learning experiences: “It’s not about learning anymore; it’s about getting a badge.” It tastes strongly of gamification, and that is what frightens some people. So to understand the Open Badges program, it is important to understand gamification.

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“Or Equivalent” | iterating toward openness

“Or Equivalent” | iterating toward openness | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

One of the areas ripest for innovation is alternative certification of informal learning. Hence, the recent excitement about badges. Badges have incredible potential for providing a viable alternative to the traditional system of credits most universities are tied to by accreditors. It seems to me that there is a critical need for someone to demonstrate that badges are a viable alternative to the traditional accreditation process.

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