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Announcing BadgeWidgetHack | iterating toward openness

Announcing BadgeWidgetHack | iterating toward openness | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Post about a hack for displaying open badges that has been developed by David Wiley...


"BadgeWidgetHack is a very basic, lightweight OBI-compliant badge displayer.

 

The widget currently:
- shows up to the first four badges in the group you selected,
- badge images link to the hosted assertion, and
- badge names linking to the badge descriptions."

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Gaining Some Perspective on Badges for Lifelong Learning | Doug Belshaw

Gaining Some Perspective on Badges for Lifelong Learning | Doug Belshaw | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Want to discover an exciting new horizon? Read this exploration of some of the possibilities of open badges, by Doug Belshaw...

 

"One thing I’ve always been interested in is how to shift the power dynamic within classrooms towards learners in a positive way. Changing (or at least providing additional) ways for students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding is one way to do that.

 

The trouble is that people fall into the trap of becoming either advocates or naysayers from a very early point. We all like to have a ‘position’ on major developments in our field, so it’s a brave soul who is willing to suspend judgement."


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A Future Full of Badges

A Future Full of Badges | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Interesting example of how open badges could work in practice...

 

"Say you're an employer considering a job candidate. Under "systems thinking," the applicant's badge portfolio would include some of the UC-Davis courses he's passed, along with grades. But it would also include evidence of the applicant's specific skills, like "integrated pest management," which he might have learned working on a farm. Other badges would describe workshops attended, awards won, and specific projects completed. Each badge would allow the employer to click through to more detailed levels of evidence and explanation—documents, assessment results, hyperlinks, video, and more."


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Are open badges the future for recognition of skills - CETISwiki

Article on the JISC CETIS wiki about a session at their 2012 conference on open badges by Doug Belshaw and Simon Grant. I've been liaising with Doug about open badges and really like the way he puts the concept across. Access presentations by Doug and Simon, as well as feedback on discussions by participants at the conference and other useful resources.

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RSC e-Assessment: #OpenBadges: challenges and opportunities for assessment

RSC e-Assessment: #OpenBadges: challenges and opportunities for assessment | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Thoughts on some of the potential challenges and opportunities of open badges for assessment.

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Badges for Learning | Social Media in Higher Education

Badges for Learning | Social Media in Higher Education | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

I’m really excited that we were able to partner with SCVNGR to develop a badging system for this project. If the project gets funded, we’ll use an experimental design to evaluate the impact of integrating our badging system and related game dynamics into large lecture courses. As outcomes, we’ll measure differences in student engagement, attendance, and academic performance between the experimental group and the control group. 


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Wanted: Designers to Supercharge Learning in Digital Badges Competition | HASTAC

Wanted: Designers to Supercharge Learning in Digital Badges Competition | HASTAC | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Hurry: deadline is January 17th 2012...

 

'Mozilla is seeking designers and developers to participate in the $2 million “Badges for Learning” competition. Participants will have the chance to design digital badges for more than 60 different leading organizations, all aimed at providing recognition for learning that happens on the web or outside of school. 

 

Winners will receive funding from the MacArthur Foundation to make their designs a reality.'

 

You do not need to have the technical ability to create the badges at this stage, it the design concept that is currently being sought.

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RSC e-Assessment: Open Badges, MOOCs and Recognising Lifelong Learning

RSC e-Assessment: Open Badges, MOOCs and Recognising Lifelong Learning | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

I'm quite excited by the possibilities of open badges and how they could impact lifelong learning. In this post I consider my own experience of participating in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and how badges might have been useful within that kind of learning scenario. I also start to explore how an open badge framework might support the range of ways in which we learn and help develop skills for lifelong learning.

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RSC e-Assessment: Why I would like to use Open Badges for Assessment

RSC e-Assessment: Why I would like to use Open Badges for Assessment | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Assessment linked to open badges has been generating some interest lately. The concept of badges has come from gaming, where they can be gained as recognition of certain achievements while participating in a game but there has been interest in them recently in other contexts... In this blog post I discuss why I would like to have used open badges in my own learning and employment scenarios and how they might help to bridge formal and informal learning spheres and help us to accredit rapidly evolving skills, attributes and literacies. 

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RSC e-Assessment: Earning my first #openbadge and creating my badge backpack

RSC e-Assessment: Earning my first #openbadge and creating my badge backpack | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

I am a little excited about having just earned my first open badge! I earned the Badges101 badge by successfully completing the quiz on the Mozilla Open Badges site, to test my knowledge of badges. To be fair, the quiz was very easy and I'm sure the novelty of earning my first open badges has contributed to my enthusiasm but I think I did also feel a small thrill at achieving something and having some knowledge recognised. :)

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gideonwilliams's comment, April 11, 2013 2:42 AM
Hi Gainne - have you had a look at Moodle OpenBadges link and my ScoopIT site? Was kindly set up with an account for a test site for openbadges in Moodle and have made a number of different badges on it. I am @gideonwilliams on Twitter.
grainnehamilton's comment, April 11, 2013 3:21 AM
Thanks Gideon. I've scooped your post about automatically issuing badges in Moodle - do you know when you'll start using Open Badges for this?
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Mozilla Open Badges ships Beta release

Mozilla Open Badges ships Beta release | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

An open infrastructure for assessing, recognising and showcasing skills, achievements and competencies online, through open badges, takes a step forward ...

 

"Integration with Mozilla Persona = adding skills and achievements to your online identity. The new Beta release includes integration with Mozilla Persona (formerly BrowserID). This opens the door for users to create a single user-centric identity across the web, with tools like Mozilla Open Badges adding a “reputation layer” that provides a complete story about what they know and have achieved. All through an open, standards-based infrastructure that puts user sovereignty, privacy and security first."


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Mozilla Open Badges & Rewarding 21st Century Skills through Supporter to Reporter | Digital Me

Mozilla Open Badges & Rewarding 21st Century Skills through Supporter to Reporter | Digital Me | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Article outlining a winning proposal by UK based DigitalME for the MacArthur Foundation DML Competition. Supporter to Reporter is a real-life learning programme where young people take on roles of sports journalists, media producers and mentors - DigitalME will use the Mozilla Open Badges Infrastructure to assess and reward skills and competencies achieved.  

 

I'm delighted that DigitalME will be talking about open badges alongside Doug Belshaw at our JISC RSC Scotland conference on June 8th in Glasgow. For more information see: http://www.rsc-scotland.ac.uk/Dragons/index.htm

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Announcing Winners of the Digital Media and Learning Research Competition | Rewards, Reputation, Recognition

Announcing Winners of the Digital Media and Learning Research Competition | Rewards, Reputation, Recognition | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Join the winners of the Digital Media and Learning Research Competition, "Badges, Trophies, and Achievements," for a conversation about the current state of research on recognition and accreditation systems for informal and interest-driven learning. We will explore some of the opportunities provided by employing badges and other assessment systems in learning communities, some of the dangers, and consider the pressing research questions that need to be addressed. Over the last year, a wide-ranging public conversation about potential future applications of badges and the place of badges in our learning ecosystem has captured the attention of educators, technology makers, and researchers. How can current and past research inform these debates? What are the most important questions we need to raise about the effective design and deployment of badge and reputation systems?


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Validating Open Badges | Jon Buckley

Validating Open Badges | Jon Buckley | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

This is quite a technical post on developing open badges, in particular focusing on badge validatation (which will clearly be required to check that a badge is genuine and issued from the issuer it says it's from to the issuee). You can see an example of what an open badge might look like and how verification might work.

 

"Last week I had the opportunity to work with Brian Brennan, who is the technical lead on Mozilla’s Open Badges project. One of the problems that interested me during the work week was validating open badges.

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 I built a demo that showed off in-browser verification of badges. I’d love to see the badge spec continue to evolve, and become even more robust. The next step is signing badges is going to ensure that they can’t be tampered with. It should be interesting to verify that inside the browser. It’d also be good to switch to the ‘iTXt’ PNG chunk, which is designed to hold international text, such as URLs."


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'Badges' Earned Online Pose Challenge to Traditional College Diplomas | LinkedIn

I found this a useful article on badges. It covers the DML Open Badges competition and provides a range of examples of where badges are currently being used to credentialize learning and hard and soft skill, as well as considering implications for accreditors and employers. 

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Announcing the Stage One Winners of the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition

Announcing the Stage One Winners of the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

The 4th HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition today announced the 16 winners of Stage One of the Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition, held in conjunction with the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition and in collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation.

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RSC e-Assessment: What are Open Badges?

RSC e-Assessment: What are Open Badges? | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

A brief overview of the Mozilla Badge System Framework and a pilot being run by the School of Webcraft using the framework.

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Rowin’s Blog: Badges, identity and the $2million prize fund

Rowin’s Blog: Badges, identity and the $2million prize fund | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

I think this is a really useful article, laying out key questions around the use of badges to accredit learning. The article explores some of the challenges involved with ensuring badges are "awarded as an outcome of validated, quality assured assessment specifically designed to measure learning and achievement". Well worth a read.

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