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DigitalMe leads Open Badge Design in the UK with the support of The Nominet

DigitalMe leads Open Badge Design in the UK with the support of The Nominet | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Connecting talent with opportunities using digital badges:

DigitalMe’s exciting new ‘online badging’ initiative, ‘Badge the UK’ is using Mozilla Open Badges to enable the worldwide recognition of in-demand workplace skills and create new employment opportunities for young people.


Today learning happens everywhere and the skills learned outside of the formal curriculum are just as important to employers as qualifications. Badge the UK is a new project which will enable learners to demonstrate all their achievements using digital badges.

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Learning Badges - Mozilla Learning Badges - Degree of Freedom

Learning Badges - Mozilla Learning Badges - Degree of Freedom | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
I do expect that shiny Philosopher badge you see above to arrive by e-mail any day.

That badge was actually earned by contributing a certain amount of work in my Canvas class onCheating in Online Courses which every week covers a different topic (such as “What is cheating?”, “Metaphors for cheating,” “Why do people cheat?” etc.).

Each week comes with a set of readings and assignments (called “Missions”) such as listening to an online lecture, contributing to a discussion forum, or submitting diagrams and other requested work.  And if you finish enough assignments (at least the ones associated with what are called “Experience Points,”) you earn yourself the learning badge for the week (so far, I’ve gotten ones for Researcher and Investigator, as well as the Philosopher one shown above).

Learning badges have actually been a hot topic, even before MOOC started sucking up so much of the media Oxygen dedicated to stories on “The End of Education as we Know It.”

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Badging in the Classroom--Our ... - T.H.E. Journal

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Badging in the Classroom--Our ... - T.H.E. Journal | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

March was a big month in the world of digital badging. The MacArthur Foundation showcased winners of its Badges for Lifelong Learning competition at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in Chicago--one year after awarding those winners $2 million worth of development grants. The city of Chicago itself announced that badging would be a key component of its Summer of Learningprogram, which is being called the largest citywide learning campaign in the country. And after 18 months of development and testing, the Mozilla Foundation, maker of the Firefox web browser, unveiled version 1.0 of its Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI) specification.


These developments signal the fast approach of a tipping point for digital badging in K-12 education. According to Sheryl Grant, director of social networking for the Digital Media and Learning Competition, "I think it's fair to say that most of the discussion and on-the-ground building of badge systems so far has been about K-12. We're seeing a substantial use of badging at the K-12 level, partly because many of the developers of badging platforms and systems are focused on that level, but also because K-12 educators have proved to be open to badging."



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Design Principles for Assessing Learning with Digital Badges | HASTAC

Design Principles for Assessing Learning with Digital Badges | HASTAC | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
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This post introduces the emerging design principles for assessinglearning with digital badges. This is the second of four posts that will introduce the Design Principles Documentation Project’s (introduced in aprevious post) emerging design principles around recognizing, assessing, motivating and evaluating learning.


At their core, digital badges recognize some kind of learning. But if one is going to recognize learning, there is usually some kind of assessment of that learning so that claims about learning can be substantiated by evidence. Over the course of the last year, we have tracked the way that assessment practices have unfolded across the 30 DML Badges for Lifelong Learning competition winners. We have categorized these practices into ten more general principles for assessing learning with digital badges. These principles are not presented as “best practices.” Rather, these principles are meant to represent appropriate practices that seemed to work for particular projects as they designed and refined their badge systems.

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Badges? Certificates? What counts as succeeding in MOOCs?

Badges? Certificates? What counts as succeeding in MOOCs? | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Success and how it is measured continues to be one of the "known unknowns" for MOOCs. Debate (hype) on success is heightened by the now recognised and recorded high drop out rates. If "only" 3,000 registered users complete a MOOC then it must be failing, mustn't it? If you don't get the certificate/badge/whatever then you have failed. Well in one sense that might be true - if you take completion to equate with success. For a movement that is supposed to be revolutionising the (HE) system, the initial metrics some of the big xMOOCs are measuring and being measured by are pretty traditional. Some of the best known success of recent years have been college "drop outs', so why not embrace that difference and the flexibility that MOOCs offer learners?


Well possibly because doing really new things and introducing new educational metrics is hard and even harder to sell to venture capitalists, who don't really understand what is "broken" with education. Even for those who supposedly do understand education e.g. governments find any change to educational metrics (and in particular assessments) really hard to implement. In the UK we have recent examples of this with Michael Gove's proposed changes to GSCEs and in Scotland the introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence has been a pretty fraught affair over the last five years.

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EsdeGroot's curator insight, April 24, 2013 12:38 PM

What equates with success, indeed. Useful to continue the discussion about this.

Cláudia Gomes's comment, June 16, 2013 11:02 AM
Reaching the combination of behavior models, like badges, with social approaches.
Ken Ronkowitz's comment, June 16, 2013 12:51 PM
Definitely need to rethink "lurkers" as perhaps being "auditors."
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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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Erin Knight: Linking Recognition, Certification & Accreditation to Anytime, Anywhere Learning | DML Hub

Erin Knight: Linking Recognition, Certification & Accreditation to Anytime, Anywhere Learning | DML Hub | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

As Senior Director of Learning and Badges at Mozilla Foundation, Erin Knight is leading the development of the organization's Open Badges Infrastructure in an effort to provide adults and youth ages 13-17 with an alternative accreditation and credentialing system for learning. Knight and her team announced the launch of Open Badges 1.0, a new online standard to recognize and verify learning, at last month’s 2013 Digital Media and Learning Conference in Chicago. Knight has also recently published a working paper in which she proposes an open, distributed system for badge validation. We spent a few moments with Knight to learn more about the platform’s potential to certify informal learning and what role badging can play in shaping the future of education.  


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Barbara Truman's curator insight, April 3, 2013 4:18 AM

I suspect badging will allow how the back end for apps can differentiate performance levels within software too.  

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Open Badges 1.0, A New Standard to Recognize and Verify | TechCrunch

Open Badges 1.0, A New Standard to Recognize and Verify | TechCrunch | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

As web-based learning platforms proliferate, and education increasingly happens in formal and informal settings and in both real and virtual classrooms, there is a growing need for a new form of credentialing that reflects these changes. Traditional, paper-based diplomas and certificates are no longer enough, but designing a meaningful, universal replacement for the old standard doesn’t happen over night. Luckily, Mozilla is on the case.

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The Badges of Oz | Alex Halavais

The Badges of Oz | Alex Halavais | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Almost a year ago I wrote a post about being a skeptical evangelist when it comes to the uses of badges in learning. This was spurred, in large part, by a workshop run by Mitch Resnick at DML2012 that was critical of the focus on badges. This year Resnick was back, as part of a panel, and the designated “chief worrier.” Then, as now, I find nothing to disagree with in his skepticism.

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I Don't Get Digital Badges

I Don't Get Digital Badges | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
Digital badges appear to becoming the next, "new" thing in education. What follows is a description of digital badges as described by Digital Media and Learning: A digital badge is an online record...
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I just earned some badges! | davidwboswell

I just earned some badges! | davidwboswell | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
I just earned some badges! Thanks to the Webdev Stewards and the Open Badges teams, Mozilla is now issuing badges to people who contribute to making our websites better. badges_webdev_profile. I've done some work ...
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Mayor Emanuel City Officials and More Than 140 Leading Community and Civic Organizations Launch First-Ever Citywide Summer Learning Initiative - eNews Park Forest

Mayor Emanuel City Officials and More Than 140 Leading Community and Civic Organizations Launch First-Ever Citywide Summer Learning Initiative - eNews Park Forest | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Mayor Emanuel, City officials and leaders from Chicago’s community and civic organizations today stood together in support of keeping Chicago’s children safe and engaged this summer through the administration’s Summer of Learning initiative, the largest coordinated summer learning effort in the country. In January, Mayor Emanuel issued a “call to action” for all organizations that run summer programs to join in the Summer of Learning effort and to date 143 organizations have answered the call, representing summer program opportunities for hundreds of thousands of children.


“From cradle to career, we are working to give our children the quality education they deserve, so they can thrive. Our summer programs help children stay safe and engaged during the summer, and are a robust opportunity to continue learning year-round,” said Mayor Emanuel. “I am incredibly proud to see Chicago’s organizations step up and join in this effort.  We stand together and say to our children: this summer, the city is your classroom.”


In a unique public-private partnership, the City has teamed up with the MacArthur Foundation and Mozilla to allow youth to earn recognition for engaging in learning during the summer and help teachers track student learning next fall. Through Mozilla’s free Open Badges tools, each organization in the Summer of Learning will design their own creative digital “badges” for youth to earn and collect when they complete learning activities over the summer - from field trips to experiments to team projects.


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Open Badges 1.0 Release: Features & Functionality

Open Badges 1.0 Release: Features & Functionality | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
The Open Badges team has been hard at work to release version 1.0 of our open source software. Changes you’ll see (drumroll please) starting this week include: • A new Backpack user experience....
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Explaining Open Badges through analogy | Doug Belshaw's blog

Explaining Open Badges through analogy | Doug Belshaw's blog | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

One of the best ways to help people understand something they’ve not come across before is through metaphor and analogy.


A year or so ago, for example, my son had a cold and said “my nose is deaf” – and I knew exactly what he meant. It contained just the right balance of ambiguity.* When explaining Open Badges to people I’ve found “X is kind of like Y because of Z” helpful in getting them to grasp what I mean. The more useful metaphors, similes and analogies I can find, therefore, the better.


Below are some I’ve used recently to explain Open Badges. They may or may not help you or the people you’re talking to about badges. But give them a read and tell me what you think.

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The next #eWave: Digital badges display marks of success online - The Providence Journal

The next #eWave: Digital badges display marks of success online - The Providence Journal | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Armed with a MacArthur grant, the Providence After School Alliance is pioneering online badges to show how much high school students have learned in extracurricular classes on topics as varied as dance and aeronautical engineering, photography and debate skills.


Online badges, which students can display on Facebook, Twitter and personal webpages, are a growing way for schools and colleges and other organizations to offer rewards that help people show off their skills to friends, family members and even potential employers.


A similar system has taken root at the University of Rhode Island.

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Open Badges- Learning Happens Everywhere | Synergy Learning ...

Open Badges- Learning Happens Everywhere | Synergy Learning ... | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Open Badges is a Mozilla project that aims to bring an open source system of awarding 21st Century Skills to 21st Century learners. In a nutshell badge issuers can create badges for skills and reward them to learners who can then keep them in their virtual backpack (don’t roll your eyes!). There are all sorts of way for you to display your badges from Facebook, Twitter, website, blog or even your virtual backpack. (check out my very heavy backpack)

The result is that learners can display their achievements from multiple sources in different places for varied audiences. Synergy Learning staff were excited to hear about this open source project and that it was heading to Totara, Moodle and Mahara.

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Ditch the resume and pick up a badge, they're not just for Boy Scouts

Ditch the resume and pick up a badge, they're not just for Boy Scouts | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

From tuition fees to transfer credits, higher education issues provoke strong opinions and it’s rare to find an area of consensus. But one issue where there seems to be agreement is the need for students to acquire a diverse mix of skills and capabilities – not just academic training, but also a variety of interpersonal, professional and workplace skills – to prosper in a challenging labour market and contribute to Canada’s future. Unfortunately, even when students acquire such skills, it can prove difficult to turn them into credentials that are recognized in the job market.

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Shawn Simpson's curator insight, May 3, 2013 1:20 PM

How to promote your "other" learning experiences.

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Badge pathways: part 1, the paraquel

Badge pathways: part 1, the paraquel | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I posted this image and stated that I would be following up with several posts about badge pathways. In particular, how they fit into our work at Mozilla along several different lin...
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re-mediating assessment: Digital Badges Meeting at the NSF Headquarters Hosted by NYSCI

Monday April 1st we travelled to the NSF headquarters in Arlington, VA. There, Michelle Riconscente and Margaret Honey from the New York Hall of Science hosted a meeting with an impressive list of attendees. STEM educators, members from after school programs, researchers, professors from all different disciplines (computer science, educational psychology, learning sciences) among others met to discuss the current and future research surrounding badges.Rebecca Itow, Cathy Tran, and I were invited to attend as members of the Badge Design Principles Documentation project and had been asked to serve as official note takers of the meeting. We ended up doing Dan Hickey’s presentation on the project and about digital badges research because Dan instead had to attend to a death in his family. Our presentation went over well and the audience was very interested in the initial set of design principles emerging across the 30 projects funded by the Gates/MacArthur Badges for Lifelong Learning initiativeAlong with discussions about the logistical concerns about the use badges such as how to manage these various systems (Erin Knight from Mozilla), on-the-ground depictions of badge systems (Alejandro Molina from the Providence After School Alliance, Marc Lesser from MOUSE, Inc, and Akili Lee from the DigitalYouth Network, just to name a few), and the potential for badges to optimize student learning (Barry Fishman). We candidly spoke about some concerns about badging such as “what is the life expectancy of a badge” (Avi Kaplan), and “what are some of the challenges and what are some of the insights as a result of this work?” (Michelle Riconscente).
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Mozilla Launches Version 1.0 of Its Open Badges Certification | The Next Web

Mozilla Launches Version 1.0 of Its Open Badges Certification | The Next Web | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
Mozilla has released version 1.0 of its Open Badges standard, which offers digital badges in reward for verifiable achievements, skills and learning.
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Mozilla Releases Long-Discussed Software to Offer 'Badges' for ...

Mozilla Releases Long-Discussed Software to Offer 'Badges' for ... | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
With Open Badges 1.0 software, developed through a partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla hopes to offer an open standard for using those kinds of badges to verify and recognize skills ...
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Global Kids and Hive NYC Badge Design Reflection | Daria Ng

Global Kids and Hive NYC Badge Design Reflection | Daria Ng | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Global Kids has experimented with digital badging in various contexts for the past few years. From badging an afterschool program four years ago at the New York Public Library, to badging the Urban Biodiversity Network program at the American Museum of Natural History, Global Kids has used digital assessment to support youth to recognize, talk about, and demonstrate essential digital literacy skills. Currently, we are consulting with three schools as they develop badging systems for their students, developing our own badging system for all Global Kids youth programs, and supporting Hive NYC and Hive Chicago to build their digital badging systems and infrastructures.

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Hack Education Weekly News: MOOCs, Badges, RSS, and Twinkies

Hack Education Weekly News: MOOCs, Badges, RSS, and Twinkies | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
MOOCs, Badges, RSS, and Twinkies http://t.co/Of5KiSNgkH Excellent observations from @hackeducation.
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How Mozilla's Open Badges May Work In the Real World | KQED

How Mozilla's Open Badges May Work In the Real World | KQED | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

After 18 months in the darkness of beta world, Mozilla's Open Badges project stepped out into the light recently with the unveiling of Open Badges 1.0.

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Open Badges reaches v1.0!

Open Badges reaches v1.0! | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

I’m at the DML Conference 2013 this week where, I’m delighted to say, Mozilla is launching version 1.0 of the Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI). Given how long I’ve been banging on about badges this may seem surprising, but it just goes to show the extent to which Mozilla works in the open with the community!


You should check out the newly-redesigned website and badge backpack (note new URL for latter now it’s out of beta!)

I don’t usually do this, but I believe the text below put together by our new Communications Director Erica Sackin  puts things way better than I could:

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Pedro Fernandes's curator insight, March 16, 2013 12:42 PM

Bioinformatics commiunity. Get ready to  use badges to recognise your avchievements, namely in training.