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Purdue Veterinary Medicine Digital Badges Aim to Excite Youth and ...

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Purdue Veterinary Medicine has designed a digital badge system to challenge Kindergarten through high school students to earn digital badges as they learn about veterinary medicine. The PVM Digital Badge system is open ...
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Dan Misener: Merit badges for online privacy? Mozilla soon might give you one - CBC.ca

Dan Misener: Merit badges for online privacy? Mozilla soon might give you one - CBC.ca | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Soon, I may be able to earn badges for "web mechanics" or "online privacy." Not from Scouts Canada, but through a series of projects by Mozilla, makers of the open-source Firefox web browser.

 

This Friday, the Mozilla Foundation plans to unveil a beta version of its Web Literacy Standard. 


Basically, it's a list of skills and competencies they believe are important for anyone who wants to read, write and interact with others on the web.

We often talk about "digital literacy" or "web literacy" -- especially in the context of children and formal education -- but it's not always clear exactly what those terms mean. Mozilla wants to clarify

 

According to project lead Doug Belshaw, there's great work going on in the field of web literacy. He points to online tools, programs in libraries and schools, and informal education through non-profit groups.

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No Joy in Badgeville - 4 reasons why

No Joy in Badgeville - 4 reasons why | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
Badges, as trumpeted by Mozilla in January 2011, were destined to change the world. They were to empower anyone with the ability to acknowledge the accomplishments of another. Maybe, someday, they ...
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Mozilla's Open Badges Program Picks Up Some Big Backers

Mozilla's Open Badges Program Picks Up Some Big Backers | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
It’s been a big month for badges:
• The largest citywide summer learning program in the nation, the City of Chicago Summer Of Learning, has gained lots of momentum, with over 100 participating...

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Why the Chicago Badges Work Matters

Why the Chicago Badges Work Matters | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
We recently formally launched the Chicago Summer of Learning badge work. This has been a pretty big undertaking for us, to say the least, we started early conversations back in January and for the...
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Linking up Innovations in Assessment: Eportfolios, Open Badges, and...

learners as interpreters. discussions arising from evidence


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Open Badges in Mahara: The quick way | The Curious and Wondering Eye

Open Badges in Mahara: The quick way | The Curious and Wondering Eye | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

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PascaleHP's curator insight, July 8, 2013 7:12 AM

for a workaround until badges are displayed in Mahara

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A Short Story About Open Badges

I created a short animation with my smartphone (and many postits;)) to tell the story of @openbadges and why they are so awesome. Mad props to Emily Goligosk...

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PascaleHP's curator insight, July 5, 2013 4:07 PM

Open Badges: the Story!

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The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education - Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education - Edudemic | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
How do you motivate students who don't care about grades? You take a turn with badges in education and see how different results can come about. (Badges already work in other places, why not in the classroom!
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What reputation systems can teach us about badge system design | HASTAC

What reputation systems can teach us about badge system design | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Dan Hickey's recent post Research Design Principles for Studying Learning with Badges  prompted me to reflect on the distinction between reputation systems and credentialing / badge systems. Why does this distinction matter? In part because the research on recommender and reputation systems that underpin the "anywhere, anytime" learning of the Web have much to teach us about how people participate online, how they establish trust, and how they find, define, and measure quality.

 

Likewise, the information science literature has much to learn from education and learning science disciplines. We need both bodies of research (and many others) if we are to design effective badge systems that genuinely make learning better for the maximum number of learners. 

 

The most important reason for this distinction, though, is because there are asymmetric power-law distributions in online reputation systems and by paying attention to what is already known about technology-mediated social participation, we can consider how we might inadvertently replicate inequity through badge system design. Maybe that's a topic for another post. But there is an implied argument among advocates of reputation-based or peer learning that crowdsourcing credentials is better than the traditional system of credentialing.

 

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PascaleHP's curator insight, July 18, 2013 4:29 PM

via DML Competition - need to consider the peer learning/crowdsourcing credentials more than trad ways.

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How Badges Really Work in Higher Education -- Campus Technology

How Badges Really Work in Higher Education -- Campus Technology | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Badges Get Serious
Digital badges are getting a serious look on many university campuses because they may allow students to demonstrate a greater variety of skills. "A diploma says as much about the institution you attended as it does about you," notes Bill Wisser, instructional designer in the Graduate School of Education (HGSE) at Harvard University (MA). "A portfolio gets more granular, and badges can show individual records of accomplishment."

 

But badges are only as valuable as the metadata behind them, and that is why the Mozilla Open Badges infrastructure is important

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We covered this very issue in one of our recent podcasts, www.podcast.concordiashanghai.org.

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Thank you, Mark, Kenneth, Ginny, and Margaret!
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Mozilla and Badges: where next? | commonspace

Mozilla and Badges: where next? | commonspace | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

When Mozilla and MacArthur Foundation first started work on Open Badges about 18 months ago, the plan was to build a badge interchange standard (like SMTP for skills) and a collection of open source software for issuing and sharing badges(Badge BackpackOpen Badger, etc.). We’ve built all these things. And we’ve put up a reference implementation that Mozilla and others are using. This was really the limit of our original plan: build some basic open tech for badges and put it out there in the world.


The thing is: there has been way more excitement and pick up of badges than we expected.

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Adventures in credentialling: OpenBadges, Open Badges and un-gamification

I have to admit that I have avoided OpenBadges until now, mostly through rightly or wrongly correlating them with gamification. I am not big on -ification of any kind but take particular issue with the addition of superficial motivation layers over unchanged, non-game-like content and the awarding of badges just for the hell of it (or under the guise of ‘engagement’). Which means I have mostly discounted the existence of OpenBadges.


Until now. Most of you are aware that for the last while I’ve been dabbling in wholly online delivery of professional development via Coffeecourses (which I realised to my dismay the other day is probably an accidental MOOC of sorts). However one sticking point with it has been the ability to track completion and offer credentialling.

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Chicago Offers Digital Badges for Students' Summer Experiences - Education Week News (blog)

Chicago Offers Digital Badges for Students' Summer Experiences - Education Week News (blog) | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Students in Chicago are not only beating "brain drain" this summer, but are also earning virtual badges for their experiences, according to an article in Catalyst Chicago.

 

Chicago is the first to launch a citywide system for earning digital badges (for both public and private school students), which, as you may remember are virtual accolades that commemorate skills or learning acquired, much like a Girl Scout or Boy Scout patch. Throughout this summer, students in Chicago will be engaging in summer learning experiences at 140 organizations throughout the city.(The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur and Mozilla Foundations will support the badging component of the project.)

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Building the Badges for Lifelong Learning Movement | HASTAC

Building the Badges for Lifelong Learning Movement | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

An idea like Badges for Learning builds on the ideas of many people. It gets carried forward until it finds the right moment, the right conditions, and the right influencers who can give an idea traction. We can see flickers of the idea in Eva Baker’s End of Testing, and a case for badges in Philipp Schmidt’s peer to peer recognition. Paul Resnick was hinting at the need for portability of reputation in 2000, and of course Xbox launched achievements in 2002. James Gee and the MacArthur Foundation were talking about badges back in 2007, and Mozilla gotinterested in the badge portability piece in 2010. Not quite enough to launch badges into the stratosphere, but an auspicious start to a good idea.

 

Along came the Badges for Lifelong Learning initiative in 2011, which, thanks to the MacArthur Foundation, made the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition possible, and funded Mozilla to roll out its Open Badges Infrastructure. Our early collaborators included NASA, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Microsoft, Intel, Motorola, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, UC Davis, Department of Education, National Manufacturing Institute, Disney, the Smithsonian, the American Library Association and other big organizations that helped create an early badge ecosystem. 

 
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Put a Badge On It | edtechdigest.com

Put a Badge On It | edtechdigest.com | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
While there are numerous types of badging technologies, the Mozilla Open Badges for Lifelong Learning initiative has established a framework for the scalable, stable, growth of badge ecosystems. The Mozilla framework ...

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PascaleHP's curator insight, July 16, 2013 12:04 PM

link to the upcoming MOOC included

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DML Badges Webinars | HASTAC

DML Badges Webinars | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
The Badges for Lifelong Learning community meets regularly to talk about badges, learning, and the way forward. Join the conversation about Badges by tuning in to this archived series of Webinars by experts and new advocates on effective ...
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Badges Have Gone Global

Badges Have Gone Global | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever been to one of the many educational conferences in the US, you will hear a lot about North American-centric issues and proposed solutions. While making change in our country/continent...

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PascaleHP's curator insight, July 11, 2013 3:22 PM

Exploring badges world wide - Solution for localizing badges + metadata possible locally OSS in the making? Who else contributes?

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Digital Badges for Professional Development (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Digital Badges for Professional Development (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online

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PascaleHP's curator insight, July 9, 2013 6:07 AM

badges for motivation, Life experiences, connections

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The past tense of open badges

The past tense of open badges | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
Some commentators are heralding open badges as the nemesis of the college degree. I don't quite see it that way. It is true they are uneasy bedfellows. As Mark Smithers observes... "It's interestin...
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Get the Inside Scoop on How to Build a Badge System From the Badges for Lifelong Learning DML Competition Grantees | HASTAC

Get the Inside Scoop on How to Build a Badge System From the Badges for Lifelong Learning DML Competition Grantees | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
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If you’re looking for information, advice, and lessons learned about designing, developing, and deploying badge systems, look no further than HASTAC’s new Project Q&A Interviews with the 30 Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition grantees. This is the most substantial information about badge system development to be published since the launch of the Competition two years ago.

 

Thirty rich, thorough grantee surveys convey the variety of experiences and insights of badge development and institutional adoption, offering all of us real-life examples of how to build badge system for a wide range of audiences and purposes: higher ed, professional development, museum programs, schools, veterans, workforce development, and anywhere, anytime learning environments.

 

Questions include:

 

What are the three most important things you would share with another organization just getting started?

What are the three main challenges to widespread adoption of your badge system for your organization?

What were your initial goals in building your badge system?

What are three things you learned about badge system design?

What would you do differently if you were to start over?

 

To read the Q&As, visit HASTAC’s Digital Badges page.

 

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Badges | Computer Science Student Network

Badges | Computer Science Student Network | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Modern digital badges are descendants of both the merit badge systems from the Scouting tradition (e.g. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts), and the Achievement systems of online video gaming. Both connect accomplishments with a compact, portable form of recognition designed to motivate earners to pursue further achievement.


Our initial research has focused on this aspect of Badges, and found that their ability to motivate learners is real, yet nuanced. Certain types of learners respond differently to certain types of Badges, both positively and negatively. The implication for Badge Design is that the details matter: a clumsily-designed system could end up hurting some learners’ motivation rather than helping!


CS2N Badges have been in redesigned to include only the types of recognition that were found to have net positive gains in student motivation.

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Computer Science Student Network (C2SN) has done a great job onboarding people to their mapped badge pathways. Why, how, who, and some helpful schematics. 

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Better Futures for 2 Million Americans Through Open Badges | HASTAC, Mozilla, MacArthur Foundation | Clinton Global Initiative

Better Futures for 2 Million Americans Through Open Badges | HASTAC, Mozilla, MacArthur Foundation | Clinton Global Initiative | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

President Bill Clinton today announced a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to massively expand access to a new method of academic and technical skills assessment known as Open Badges – online representations of earned knowledge and skills – to improve the futures of two million students and U.S. workers.


Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, an annual event of the Clinton Global Initiative that seeks innovative solutions for economic recovery, Clinton said three partners – the MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla, and HASTAC – have created the commitment to Open Badges. Outreach and technical assistance will be provided to help employers and universities across the country incorporate Open Badges in hiring, promotions, admissions, and credit over the next three years.

- See more at: http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/better-futures-2-million-americans-through-open-badges/#sthash.Rdd6MsVl.dpuf

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Major backing for using Open Badges from the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action.

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Backing for Open Badges from the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action and how they can be used for admissions and credit.

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So You Want To Bake Some Badges | CITES Academic Technology ...

So You Want To Bake Some Badges | CITES Academic Technology ... | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

I recently attended the 2013 Faculty Summer Institute held at the i-Hotel here in Urbana-Champaign. The buzzword for the year? Well, there were many–wikis, blogs, and apps ranked high–but I would say that 2013 is the year of the badge.


What is a badge, you might ask?

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