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Badger Block brings Open and Custom Badges to a Moodle near you

Badger Block brings Open and Custom Badges to a Moodle near you | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

A block to manage all your badges!

 

While this block hasn't yet been released, it is a great preview of what's to come when badges can be pulled directly into Moodle and displayed or can be customized by and displayed on a specific site.

 

Some great work here by Ian Checkland. Read his other posts somewhere else on this Scoopit


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Rob Watts's curator insight, April 21, 2013 8:12 AM

Gamifification in education, rewards for achievement and meeting goals great way to engage learners.

Jasmin Hodge's curator insight, April 22, 2013 5:19 PM

I hope I hear when it is released as it looks like something I would definately use and need in our new Moodle 2 release this summer along with our new badge proposals :)

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Oscelot > OpenBadges Building Block

Oscelot > OpenBadges Building Block | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Integrate OpenBadges in Blackboard Learn to allow faculty to display student badges from mozilla backpack, allow faculty create new badges in courses, allow students claim badges. A student photo roster will  accompany this project, so the facutly can preview not only the faces of students, but badges earned in other classes.  This will help faculty to get to know students prior to start of a class and to track their progress in the learning networks outside of the classroom.


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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 14, 2013 10:49 AM

Bb building block

grainnehamilton's curator insight, April 15, 2013 4:40 AM

Looks like Blackboard is joining the Open Badges party...

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Badge System Design Principles, Part 1: RFC

Badge System Design Principles, Part 1: RFC | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it
Badge system design paper released A quick post to direct you to a new paper that I've been writing about badge system design principles: Badge System Design Principles, Part 1. It's a publicly acc...
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grainnehamilton's curator insight, April 11, 2013 6:31 AM

Open Badges are deceptive. They may look small but the more you think about them, the more you realize the deep and wide implications of their use. Carla Casilli drills down in to some of the detail of considerations for badge system design and also explores the breadth of the reach of open badges in this currently working document. 

davidgibson's curator insight, April 11, 2013 7:39 PM

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Your Guide to Badging Events at DML 2013 | HASTAC


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Looking forward to hearing about the range of Open Badge systems that the DML competition winners have been developing.

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DML Competition's curator insight, March 13, 2013 5:56 PM

HASTAC and the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition grantees are off to Chicago and looking forward to sharing their badge systems at DML 2013: Democratic Futures. Attending in person? Follow the badging conversations happening at DML 2013 including Thursday's Badges for Lifelong Learning panel and 21st Century Science Fair, Ignite Sessions, DML Tech Cafe Sessions, and the Make-to-Learn Symposium on Wednesday.

For those following along online, we'll be using #dmlbadges on Twitter and the dmbadges tag here on HASTAC. 

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Webmaker Badges Are Here: Deeper Dive

Webmaker Badges Are Here: Deeper Dive | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Useful post from Erin Knight detailing the background to open badges and some of the work being taken forward currently by Mozilla. 

 

"I wrote awhile back about our thinking around the Webmaker Badges. Well that thinking is now a reality, we launched the first set of Webmaker badges at MozFest.

There was a big Mozilla post and fanfare around the launch, so I’ll just let you read that for the high level details, but I wanted to go a level deeper and also highlight some key next steps."


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Thomas Salmon's curator insight, October 15, 2013 7:07 AM

The original Webmaker badeges I think !

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Webmaker badges are GO! | Doug Belshaw's blog

Webmaker badges are GO! | Doug Belshaw's blog | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

I’m absolutely delighted that this weekend that we at Mozilla have launched the first iteration of Webmaker badges. You can get started earning them right now by going to thimble.webmaker.org. More here: https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2012/11/10/webmaker-badges/

Webmaker badges, in part, are based upon the work I’m doing around Web Literacies...


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Thomas Salmon's curator insight, October 15, 2013 7:23 AM

The original webmaker badges and early version of web-literacy standard

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Richard Wyles: Open Badges and Moodle/Mahara

"The "Moodle as Issuer, Mahara as Displayer" project will integrate Mozilla's "Open Badges" software to issue, manage and display digital badges in Moodle and 3rd party sites such as social media and also eportfolio systems - we'll develop a solutions for Mahara."

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Open Learning Badges and Higher Education - Threats and Opportunities

I think this sums up well a range of the opportunities and threats open badges present, providing key areas for consideration as a more robust and individualised approach to assessment and credentialising knowledge, skills and achievement moves ahead.


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Badge System Design: Validity, Credibility, and Reliability

Badge System Design: Validity, Credibility, and Reliability | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

The validity of open badges is perhaps one of the key concerns raised when I discuss them. I think this article proposes some useful ways for considering this, focusing on how notions of credibility and reliability inform our perception of what is, or is not valid...

 

'The question of validity is posed fairly commonly.* It goes something like this, “How can we ensure that the badges have a sense of validity?” or “Who will vet them?” or “How will we know that they’re worthwhile badges issued from reputable sources?”

 

There is a good deal of subtext embedded in these seemingly simple questions. And bound into that subtext is an unwitting/unacknowledged acceptance of the sociocultural status quo. That tacit acceptance should be unpacked and considered. How does any organization achieve validity? How do standards become standards? When the landscape is unknown, how do you learn to trust anything?'


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Insurgent Credentials: A Challenge to Established Institutions of Higher Education? | Michael Olneck on HASTAC

Review of a paper by Professor Michael Olneck...

 

'Michael frames badges as a disruptive force within higher education, provoking his readers (initially directed towards sociologists) to evaluate the assumptions and norms of traditional institutions to legitimize and certify knowledge and skills. As Michael writes, his paper "establishes the need to develop sociological explanations for recent developments of certification of skill and knowledge mastery as possible substitutes for, or supplements to, conventional college and university degrees."'


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Badges and Education Curriculum: They Can’t Not Be Together

Badges and Education Curriculum: They Can’t Not Be Together | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Some insightful points on how using a badge framework for the curriculum would force us to really analyse the teaching and consider what learners will get out of it...

 

'A quick preface: Although I’m a huge supporter of badges, the system at large is still very much under development.  These thoughts stem from my own understanding and experience with badges, ...'

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7 Things You Should Know About Badges | EDUCAUSE.edu

Briefing paper giving a quick insight into badges including what they are, who's using them, why they might be significant, potential downsides and implications for teaching and learning.

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Schools wanted for exciting new Mozilla Open Badges Project | HASTAC

Schools wanted for exciting new Mozilla Open Badges Project | HASTAC | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

DigitalMe, UK based winners of funding from the DML 'Badges for Lifelong Learning' competition, are looking for schools to engage with them on their award winning project, Supporter to Reporter...

 

'We will be developing an exciting new way to recognise and reward the skills young people develop by taking part in the award winning Supporter to Reporter programme. We know that through becoming a sports reporter, young people develop confidence, improved speaking and listening skills, teamwork and resilience, as well as the maturity to become mentors and pass on their skills to others. The DML open badges project will enable us to build a series of online ‘Medals’ which recognise and reward these achievements, which young people can use to demonstrate their skills to future employers.

 

We are looking for 5 Schools or Education Centres to work with us on this pilot project.'

 

Tim Riches, the CEO of DigitalMe, will be talking at the JISC RSC Scotland conference on the 8th June so if you are joining us there, you can find out more about the Supporter to Reporter programme http://bit.ly/KDgBTR


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Badges? Certificates? What counts as succeeding in MOOCs?

Badges? Certificates? What counts as succeeding in MOOCs? | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | 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 3:38 PM

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

Cláudia Gomes's comment, June 16, 2013 2:02 PM
Reaching the combination of behavior models, like badges, with social approaches.
Ken Ronkowitz's comment, June 16, 2013 3:51 PM
Definitely need to rethink "lurkers" as perhaps being "auditors."
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Open Badges - A new Open Standard for recognition?

Open Badges - A new Open Standard for recognition? | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it
If you have ever been a boy scout or girl guide, you would have been awarded a badge to recognise your achievements in a skill, experience or deed. This would have been sewn proudly on your shirt o...
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Post from the Accidental Technologist considering uses of Open Badges, highlighting example of potential use in MOOCs and Higher Education.

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grainnehamilton's curator insight, April 11, 2013 9:43 AM

Post from the Accidental Technologist considering uses of Open Badges, highlighting example of potential use in MOOCs and Higher Education.

LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, May 28, 2013 6:31 AM

In Zeiten von MOOC's wird es Zeit für Badges. Open Badges.

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Open Badges reaches v1.0!

Open Badges reaches v1.0! | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it
Exciting times with v1.0 of the OBI released today!
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Great summary of the key features of Open Badges. 

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Jasmin Hodge's curator insight, March 22, 2013 9:25 PM

@fvcollege we are issuing badges for wider achievement with learners e.g class rep work, participating in committees and volunteering etc.

 

i look forward to open badges being recognised as official evidence and recognised throughout the country.

 

i have heard them being referred to as just a 'brownie badge' and won't be worth anything outside of our organisation.... I dont agree :)

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Sounds great Jasmin. Looking forward to hearing about them at the Jisc RSC Scotland Open Badges Design Day in April.
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Developing the series, information and designs for the Jisc RSC Scotland #openbadges

Developing the series, information and designs for the Jisc RSC Scotland #openbadges | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

"I started by considering the kinds of behaviours we wanted to promote. The key behaviours I identified were engagement, attainment, contribution and peer support...

 

I wanted to be able to create links across different series of badges, clustering for example, badges issued for peer support in a variety of different contexts... 

 

This process didn’t happen in a linear fashion, I went back and forth, refining, making new connections and finally ending up with the key indicators which will be consistent across all our badges. Once I had this information, I was able to develop graphical indicators that would represent each of the aspects in each badge..."

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grainnehamilton's curator insight, January 16, 2013 5:21 AM

This article provides an overview of the process I have through developing the information and designs for the Jisc RSC Scotland open badges series.

Jasmin Hodge's curator insight, February 27, 2013 3:35 PM

I share Grianne's enthusiasm for Open Badges and I see these being used initially in FVC for wider achievement with learners.

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#Openbadges at #MozFest, surfacing and rewarding contribution in an online community

#Openbadges at #MozFest, surfacing and rewarding contribution in an online community | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

This weekend, I attended MozFest at Ravensbourne College in London. It was one of those intense event experiences, where you chat with inspiring people and have your mind stretched with new and exciting ideas.

 

We discussed areas where badges could add value and then developed the criteria for a specific badge idea. The group I was working with focused on rewarding contribution in an online community and we covered concepts like how to surface that contribution in large communities such as MOOCs or HASTAC, peer voting, data visualisation...

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Story of the RSCtv webinar on skills accreditation with open badges | JISC RSC Scotland e-Assessment

I recently hosted a webinar with Tim Riches, CEO of DigitalMe on the open badging system they are developing for their project based learning programme Supporter2Reporter. It was a fascinating session exploring behavioural design and developing habits of learning.

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(Open) Badging courses created by the community | JISC RSC Scotland e-Assessment

(Open) Badging courses created by the community | JISC RSC Scotland e-Assessment | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

This post covers work I have been doing recently on developing a badging system for the online courses we run at the JISC RSC Scotland, using the Mozilla Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI). The courses are not formally assessed or accredited so we only issue a Certificate of Completion for successful completion. Much of the course content is created by the learners and the courses also incorporate peer review so we do also issue a peer award.

 

We wanted to investigate ways to give the certificate and peer award more impact than just a piece of paper stuck in a drawer...

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Pauline Farrell's curator insight, June 19, 2013 9:00 AM

anther one worth tracking over the next 6 to 12 months

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Mozilla Open Badges: building trust networks, creating value

Mozilla Open Badges: building trust networks, creating value | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

A post investigating the issue of value and open badges. The author considers degrees of trust and how this develops... 

 

“…the value of a unit of currency is not the measure of the value of an object, but the measure of one’s trust in other human beings.” (Graeber, 2011)

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RSC e-Assessment: Beating the game by changing the game

RSC e-Assessment: Beating the game by changing the game | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

I'm no gamer and am certainly no programmer but I am intrigued by what I've been reading about a new game, Code Hero... The game teaches people how to code. It is based on the first-person shooter (FPS) style of game but instead of shooting with bullets, gamers use a console and code to interact with the environment. People move onto new levels as they achieve certain things but the game also includes stealth assessment...

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RSC e-Assessment: Why #openbadges are awesome by Doug Belshaw

Quick overview of open badges by Doug Belshaw, Mozilla Lead on Skills and Open Badges ...

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Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition | What Do We Know Now? | Volume 1 | HASTAC

Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition | What Do We Know Now? | Volume 1 | HASTAC | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

A few months back, we rolled out the Badges Competition Project Roadmap during our first grantee townhall webinar, a virtual opportunity for all 30 projects to share knowledge about designing and building their badge systems.

 

Why a project roadmap for grantee badge system design? No one-size-fits-all approach exists for building badge systems, but a roadmap offers useful guideposts to help thread knowledge and provide jumping-off points to spark ideas. Collaboration by difference -- especially the innovative type -- needs a blueprint that can then be adapted, tweaked, revisited, transformed, and yes -- even ignored.


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RSC e-Assessment: JISC RSC Scotland #openbadges exploration session by Doug Belshaw and Tim Riches #iDragon

RSC e-Assessment: JISC RSC Scotland #openbadges exploration session by Doug Belshaw and Tim Riches #iDragon | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

On Friday 8th June the JISC RSC Scotland held it's annual conference, Here Be Dragons! The day featured a range of presentations and sessions exploring the frontiers of technology and education.

 

I was personally delighted to facilitate a session with Doug Belshaw and Tim Riches on open badges - Moving into unchartered waters: are open badges the future of skills accreditation?

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