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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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How to Create Learning Game Ideas

How to Create Learning Game Ideas | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Some useful tips and tricks for generating ideas for learning games. I particularly like the idea of the game that involves a tiara! ;)

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Embracing the Cell Phone in the Classroom With Text Messaging Assignments | Emerging Education Technology

Embracing the Cell Phone in the Classroom With Text Messaging Assignments | Emerging Education Technology | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Article pulling together links to ideas and tips for assignments that use text messaging, twitter and similar length text responses.

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Release the Badges! | ON Course

Release the Badges! | ON Course | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Functioning platform that could be used for awarding open badges developed at the University of Lincoln, as part of the ON Course, JISC funded project. 

 

"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'..."

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Bloom's iPad Taxonomy - HOME - Edgalaxy: Where Education and Technology Meet.

Bloom's iPad Taxonomy - HOME - Edgalaxy:  Where Education and Technology Meet. | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

A collection of iPad apps which have been categorised against Bloom's Taxonomy. I think most apps could probably be used for a variety of the categories in Bloom's Taxonomy, depending on the context in which they're used but this seems a useful introduction to a range of apps and their potential uses in assessment terms.


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Summarizing All MOOCs in One Slide: Market, Open and Dewey

Summarizing All MOOCs in One Slide: Market, Open and Dewey | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Interesting article exploring the concept of 'open' education...

 

"1) Are you trying to make a billion dollars? And 2) Do you believe education can be delivered?...

 

By comparing the Market and Open courses, we can see that a corruption is taking place in the meaning of the word "Open" in the MOOC acronym. The original Open meant open registration and open license. The open license meaning is blurred by referring to proprietary courses as open.

 

Consider the attention gap between the Market/Open and the Dewey MOOCs. The Dewey MOOCs were first, are more theoretically developed, and there have been more of them. That said, vast sums of money are pouring into the creation of courses about content delivery, and these are getting a great deal of media attention. At the same time, creative educators are using very similar technologies to create massive courses about experience rather than simply content delivery. This pattern shows itself frequently in education technology...."


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RSC e-Assessment: 8 e-Assessment Case Studies from JISC RSC Scotland

RSC e-Assessment: 8 e-Assessment Case Studies from JISC RSC Scotland | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

The JISC RSC Scotland team have produced a number of case studies on e-Assessment with staff from further and higher education institutions in Scotland. I thought I would collate recent ones, which will be entered for the JISC RSC Scotland iTech awards 2012.

 

Areas covered in the case studies include: diagnostic assessment; formative assessment; summative assessment; feedback and peer review; games based assessment; assessment centres; problem based learning and assessment and e-Portfolios.

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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 5:42 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 6:21 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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The future of education: Memorize or analyse? | ZDNet

The future of education: Memorize or analyse? | ZDNet | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it
Where do technology and teaching methods fit in a digital world?

 

...Considering this shift, more emphasis should be placed on analyzing the data at our fingertips, instead of simply remembering it. It is unlikely there will be a data blackout any time soon, so educators should train students in critical, analytical thinking and information processes instead of focusing on drilling facts and figures into memory.


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RSC e-Assessment: JISC RSC Scotland online course: e–Assessment for Learning

RSC e-Assessment: JISC RSC Scotland online course: e–Assessment for Learning | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

My colleagues and I have re-developed our online course on e-Assessment. Called e-Assessment for Learning, it introduces a number of e-Assessment approaches, effective practice and emerging trends. The course takes place over 3 weeks and will make use of a number of online tools, as well as encouraging dialogue and collaboration.

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The Design Studio / Assessment and Feedback Programme

The Design Studio / Assessment and Feedback Programme | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

How can we best use technology to support effective assessment and feedback? See the JISC Design Studio Assessment and Feedback programme to keep up to date on a range of action research projects in further and higher education. Includes video recordings such as

Assessment and Feedback: in the hands of the student (Prof. David Nicol)

https://sas.elluminate.com/mr.jnlp?suid=M.22F644DA37051B332309C1C7B8955D&sid=2009077 

Making Assessment Count (Prof. Gunter Saunders, University of Westminster and Peter Chatterton) https://sas.elluminate.com/mr.jnlp?suid=M.84310F1D2B61B034DC37DC531E6FC5&sid=2009077

e-Portfolios for Assessment and Feedback (Emma Purnell, University of Wolverhampton and Geoff Rebbeck, previously at Thanet College) https://sas.elluminate.com/mr.jnlp?suid=M.681875F3B031FC2472D01CC7239A9E&sid=2009077

Digitally-Enhanced Patchwork Text Assessment (DePTA project) (Caroline Marcangelo, University of Cumbria) https://sas.elluminate.com/mr.jnlp?suid=M.385E6C861CCBBDEE3096DEA370B408&sid=2009077


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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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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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Rubrics for Assessments of Online Activities

Rubrics for Assessments of Online Activities | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

With developments in open assessment, open educational resources, open badges etc gathering pace, how to support consistent marking of evidence submitted for open assessment requires consideration. Rubrics can help to set out the learning outcomes and measurements for assessing work, and allow multiple assessors and / or assessors who do not know the person submitting evidence, to judge the work against. This article pulls together links to some example assessment rubrics and resources for creating your own rubrics.

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In-Folio Pilot Underway in Supported Learning Departments in Scottish FE Colleges | JISC TechDis Blog

In-Folio Pilot Underway in Supported Learning Departments in Scottish FE Colleges | JISC TechDis Blog | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

The accessible e-portfolio, In-Folio, is being trialled in a number of Scottish colleges and universities. Reactions so far, from staff and students, have been positive.

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Designing a Badge System for Universities | ON Course

Designing a Badge System for Universities | ON Course | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

Interesting. What a platform for using open badges within a university context could look like...

 

"After looking at what information is required to award a badge using the Open Badge framework, I created a design for a platform that can be picked up and used within another institution or context with minimal customisation required. The purpose of this blog post is to document the decision processes involved and to describe and show the resulting design."


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Guidelines for OER assessment

Guidelines for OER assessment | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it
The OERTest project was set up with the aim of putting into place a framework by which the assessment and recognition of learning using Open Educational Resources (OER) could take place in a systemise...

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The Design Studio / Transforming Assessment and Feedback

The Design Studio / Transforming Assessment and Feedback | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

The JISC Assessment and Feedback programme has developed a site in Design Studio on 'existing and emergent work on assessment and feedback of significant interest'. The site includes links to resources and outputs from the Assessment and Feedback and other current JISC programmes. Themes covered include: 

 

- Assessment for learning
- Assessment management
- Authentic assessment
- Effectiveness and efficiency in assessment
- Assessment and employability
- Feedback and Feed forward
- Longitudinal and ipsative assessment
- Peer assessment and review
- Work-based learning and assessment

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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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RSC e-Assessment: #SQA Launch New e-Assessment Resource

RSC e-Assessment: #SQA Launch New e-Assessment Resource | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

The new SQA e-Assessment Resource pulls together SQA guidance and resources relating to e-Assessment, as well as general advice on good practice in e-Assessment...

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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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RSC Scotland - Newsfeed: Featured Article: Accessible e-Portfolio Pilot

RSC Scotland - Newsfeed: Featured Article: Accessible e-Portfolio Pilot | e-Assessment in Further and Higher Education | Scoop.it

This article by my colleague Margaret McKay, the Advisor for Access and Inclusion at the JISC RSC Scotland introduces a new open source e-Portfolio tool that has been specifically created for students with learning disabilities/difficulties. Having seen a run-through of it, I like some of the features which include a picture password, a clean, easy to navigate interface and inbuilt 'Scottish' text to speech capacities.

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