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Incorporating Open Badges into a Hybrid Course Context | Dan Hickey

Incorporating Open Badges into a Hybrid Course Context | Dan Hickey | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

In this post I want to describe how I used ForAllBadges (from ForAllSystems, a small Chicago firm) to issue digital badges within a typical online course management system (CMS).  Anyone who wants to issue badges that comply with Mozilla’s Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) can easily sign up for a free account athttp://www.forallbadges.com/. ; The account can be used as a stand-alone site, or it can be accessed from within any CMS that lets you access outside websites.  I am using OnCourse, the Sakai-based open-source CMS that Indiana University helped develop.

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BlendKit Course: Badges | Blended Learning Toolkit

BlendKit Course: Badges | Blended Learning Toolkit | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
Why Are You Using Badges in BlendKit2012?

We are offering badges in BlendKit2012 as one method for making evident one’s progress through the learning activities associated with the course. This may be useful to individuals in tracking their own engagement and to the course facilitators in determining successful completion of the course. An achievement badge approach seems more appropriate to an open, online course like BlendKit2012 than a grade book. In addition, given the recent growing interest in badges for learning, offering a first-hand experience with badging is an added benefit to BlendKit2012 participants.

 

If you are a registered BlendKit2012 participant, we would like to be clear that you do not have to earn badges to participate in this open, online course. As described on the learning activities page, we encourage you to participate as much or as little as you want, in a way that meets your needs. This requires no badge involvement.

 

We will be monitoring communication/interaction venues, and we will be sending “claim your badge” messages via email to registered participants whose activities are identifiable.

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Badges | ON Course

Badges | ON Course | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

After working on the badges system that I outlined in a previous post, it has finally reached a point where it is functional enough to be ‘released’. It should be noted, though, that it is neither fully functional ‘out of the box’ and is by no means a shining example of development practices at their best. The mini-project of looking at how a system such as the Mozilla Open Badges platform could be used in higher education has suffered tremendously from scope creep and the underlying code (at the moment) reflects this. Over the past few weeks I’ve been through the following phases:

 

Consider how Open Badges (or similar) could be used in higher education.

Create a prototype system to be used in higher education.

Develop a more stable system that could be used in a trial run within our university.

Develop the system in such a way that it could be picked up and used in a variety of institutions or situations with minimal reconfiguration.

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YALSA » What’s the Latest With YALSA Badges?

We’ve been talking a lot about badges on the YALSAblog but haven’t given readers much of an update on what’s going on with the association’s badge project. First, we’ve just made an Xtranormal video with a bit of information about how the project is going to work.

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YALSA » The Future of Badges, Resumes, and Professional Credentials

In our ongoing series of blog posts on badges, this week we thought it would be interesting to gaze into our crystal ball and look at what experts are saying about the future of badging and professional credentials. What will happen to resumes, college transcripts, and other traditional forms of credentialing in a world of badges? Read on to find out.

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YALSA » How to Have a Good Badge Experience

Last week we posted on how badges can enhance professional development. As you think about participating in a badge program, you might wonder, what should I look for in a good badge experience? Two things to keep in mind:

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YALSA » Badges Meets Connect Create Collaborate

In this five minute interview learn from YALSA President Jack Martin about YALSA’s Badges for Lifelong Learning project which gives library staff the opportunity to gain skills related to the association’s Competencies for Serving Youth in Libraries. The project is funded by HASTAC, Mozilla, and the MacArthur Foundation.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges 3.3 - Hashing the recipient attribute

The last of three screencasts on the basic requirements for setting-up a server to be a badge issuer. In this screencast I look at hashing the earners email address with the slat value. This hashed value is then used in the recipient attribute of the json file. This screencast is a part of a step-by-step guidebuilt to support the onboarding of the non-technical OBI implementer.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges 3.1 - Importance of a stable URL

The first of three screencasts on the basic requirements for setting a server to be a badge issuer. In this screencast I provide an overview of the basic server and configuration needs to issue a badge manually, and discuss the importance of a stable URL for the origin, criteria and evidence json attributes. This screencast is a part of a step-by-step guide built to support the onboarding of the non-technical OBI implementer.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Step 2.2: Technical Prerequisites - Technology Stack(s)

The second of three screencasts on the technical prerequisites for integrating with the Open Badges Infrastructure. In this screen cast I discuss the technology stack(s) required for each of the three roles of; issuer, earner, and displayer. This discussion is more of a logical view of the technologies you need. The idea being we are building on ideas from the non-technical perspective. Getting deeper into the technology will come in later screencasts.This screencast is a part of a step-by-step guidebuilt to support the onboarding of the non-technical OBI implementer.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Step 1: Claim your first badge

In this screencast I look at some of the technical resources available for introducing someone to the open badges infrastructure (OBI). The screencast is a part of the Introduction to Open Badges Step by Step guide. The main theme of this screencast is to claim a couple of badges and to look at a number of badge issuers.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Case Study 1 - Wikiversity, part 3 | Peter Rawsthorne

Critical Technology: Open Badges Case Study 1 - Wikiversity, part 3 | Peter Rawsthorne | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

This case study is the last in a series of case studies created to help people learn about open badges.This case study describes the manual issuing of Mozilla Open Badges from within a Wikiversity course. This screencast discusses the claiming of the badge, and how it is stored in the earners backpack.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Case Study 1 - Wikiversity, part 1 | Peter Rawsthorne

Critical Technology: Open Badges Case Study 1 - Wikiversity, part 1 | Peter Rawsthorne | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

This case study is the first of a series of case studies created to help people learn about open badges.This case study describes the manual issuing of Mozilla Open Badges from within a Wikiversity course. This screencast discusses the scenario for the case study and touches upon how to design a badging system. It also describes how the criteria and evidence to manually issue badges can be stored and assessed.

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Designing Badges & Quests for NOAA Career Pathways | Planet Stewards

Designing Badges & Quests for NOAA Career Pathways | Planet Stewards | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Here is our work in-progress as we design the NOAA badges and supporting quest-based curriculum for high school students. Feel free to leave feedback below, as the instructional designers are making modifications throughout the project.

 

What are the NOAA Career Pathway badges?


• Space Weather Forecaster
• Weather Forecaster
• Severe Weather Forecaster
• Fisheries Biologist
• Coral Reef Ecologist
• Marine Biologist
• Coastal Manager
• Hydrologist
• Ecologist
• Cartographer
• Physical Oceanographer
• Vulcanologist
• Climate Modeler
• Paleoclimatologist
• Climate Research Scientist

 

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Why Get a Pricey Diploma When Badges Tell Employers More? - Forbes

Why Get a Pricey Diploma When Badges Tell Employers More? - Forbes | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it
Against the backdrop of a student loan bubble, the high cost of four-year college, and an extremely difficult job market, alternate forms of skill certification are gaining steam. Chief among these is the digital badge.
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Critical Technology: Linkages to other badges | Peter Rawsthorne

Critical Technology: Linkages to other badges | Peter Rawsthorne | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Who creates a badges relationships?
I believe two different people (or groups) create the badge relationships; the issuer and the earner. 

 

The issuer creates a badge and its metadata detailing the badges criteria, origin, contact, etc. The issuer also knows how the badge exists in relationship to other badges. Does the badge stand alone as representing a skill or knowledge all on its own? or does the badge exist with other badges to be a part of a curriculum, learning objectives, a learning journey or a cluster of skills and knowledge?

 

The earner, who has little control over a badges metadata, will also create relationships between badges. Is the earner creating their own learning journey or clustering badges to represent a unique set of skills and knowledge. I believe one of the strengths of badges is how the earner is given greater control of their learning by allowing them to create a personalized curriculum.The earner needs to be able to organize their own badges. Fortunately this can be done in the Mozilla badges backpack.

 

This distinction is important when considering the required additions to the badge metadata specification. Once a badge is issued its attributes cannot be altered for (given current thinking) this would invalidate the badge. I agree with this assertion. What this means is that if an earner wants to set relationships among their earned badges this needs to be done in the earners badge backpack and not alter the metadata of the badge itself. I believe the issuer has many reasons to set the relationships within the metadata of the badge, as the issuer understands how the badges fits within learning and related learning. Look to the above webmaker badges for an example of this.

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YALSA » Badges Outside of School

In this post in the YALSAblog series on badging programs we look at the way that programs that serve teens in their out of school hours are integrating badges into their programs and services. There are a lot of interesting ways these programs are using badges and they can serve as models for libraries that might want to develop their own programs. Or, present opportunities for partnerships between community organizations and libraries who can develop badging programs together.

 

While some schools are just now realizing the usefulness of badges, some out of school time programs, like Girl Scouts, have been using badges for years. Now, even Girl Scouts, are using badges in new ways. “My Girl Scout Sash is an App, aims to encourage girls ages 5-17, with an emphasis on those in middle and high school, to learn app development as a way of seeing computer programming and other science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) skills as career choices….”

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YALSA » Why Badges in School?

An example of a school-based badge program is the New York City Department of Education’s course called DIG/IT. This course prepares students for life after high school. “The DIG/IT course provides a context that empowers and encourages learners to develop new real-world skills and knowledge that advance life goals, while engaging with others in a social give-and-take that builds community credibility and connections. Fun, motivating badges demonstrate to the world what the learners know and can do, and how others value their contributions.”

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YALSA » Showing What You Know With YALSA Badges

Over the past few months you’ve probably heard about the association’s new Badges for Lifelong Learning project. As YALSA develops badges that you’ll be able to earn online to demonstrate your knowledge and skill related to the association’s Competencies for Serving Youth in Libraries, we thought it would be helpful to regularly provide information on how badge programs support adult learning. To achieve that, this is the first in a regular series of posts on badges that will appear on the YALSAblog.

 

You know about YALSA’s badges, but you might be asking how will earning badges help me? Or, you might wonder, can I further my own professional development through badges? Check out the three resources below for answers to those questions.

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YALSA Badges: Lots Learned So Far

YALSA is on the cutting-edge with it’s badging project and the team is learning a lot as it develops a system that will help those serving teens in libraries gain the skills necessary to provide great service to young adults.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges 3.2 - Configuring for the json content-type

The second of three screencasts on the basic requirements for setting-up a server to be a badge issuer. In this screencast I look at configuring the web server to support the json content-type. This screencast is a part of a step-by-step guide built to support the onboarding of the non-technical OBI implementer.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Step 2.3: Technical Prerequisites - Server Infrastructure

The last of three screencasts on the technical prerequisites for integrating with the Open Badges Infrastructure. In this screen cast I discuss the server infrastructure required for each of the three roles of; issuer, earner, and displayer. I mostly spend my time describing the server needs of the issuer, where the displayer is quite similar to the issuer, especially if it becomes a fat displayer. And by fat I mean it offers a lot of displayer services related to badges and their earners. Again, the earner requires the least infrastructure, but can require more if we begin down the road of federated backpacks. More on the federated backpack in a later screencast.This screencast is a part of a step-by-step guide built to support the onboarding of the non-technical OBI implementer.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Step 2.1: Technical Prerequisites - JavaScript

The first of three screencasts on the technical prerequisites for integrating with the Open Badges Infrastructure. In this screen cast I discuss the basic javascript you need to know to manually issue badges. I also touch upon the prerequisites if you move beyond manually issuing badges and integrate with an LMS or other server application. This screencast is a part of a step-by-step guide built to support the onboarding of the non-technical OBI implementer.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Step 0.4: P2Pu Open badges 101

In this screencast I look at Peer 2 Peer Universities Open badges 101 course. The screencast is a part of the Introduction to Open Badges Step by Step guide. The main theme of this screencast is to encourage people to familiarize themselves with and complete the course.

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Critical Technology: Open Badges Case Study 1 - Wikiversity, part 2

Critical Technology: Open Badges Case Study 1 - Wikiversity, part 2 | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

This case study is the second of a series of case studies created to help people learn about open badges. This case study describes the manual issuing of Mozilla Open Badges from within aWikiversity course. This screencast discusses the technology required to implement the manual issue of the badge. It also describes how the criteria and evidence to manually issue badges can be stored and assessed.

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