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The most important characteristic of competency-based education is that it measures learning rather than time. Students progress by demonstrating their competence, which means they prove that they have mastered the knowledge.
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Boy Scouts do it. Video games do it. Sometimes grades aren't enough. What's a teacher to do? Check out this handy guide to using badges in your classroom!
Clever used they will help learners to achieve higher tasks...
En este artículo podemos ver cómo conseguir ciertos objetivos con nuestros estudiantes, premiándolos digitalmente.
Interesante como motivación para nuestros alumnos a través de premios digitales.
Moodle's Open Badges plugin. Still in alpha and planned for a Moodle 2.5 release (I think).
Have managed to have a play with it on a friends install and it is AWESOME.
See the other Scoopit entry for details on the documentation.
Badges provide an alteranate way to demonstrate your skills. Badges can be far more specific and desriptive than grades or tanscripts. At the moment, they won't replace traditional credentials like diplomas and cirtificates. However badges can elaborate on your skllls and are much easier to present as artifacts of learning on an e-portfolio. It's exciting to see Moodle doing work in this area.
For an easy to use badge system that is ready to go (and compatible with Mozilla) consider Credly.com.
Badges on Moodle, ok gamifying courses here wme come.
Badgets as a new form of competence-improvement. Also availble in Moodle soon. Very interesting topic!
By Ahley Naranjo
"For some time now, the education community has discussed and explored how to get out of the standardized-testing rut and make learning enjoyable again. Online games and challenges, real-world work, and point systems have been a few of the ideas kicked around by educators and tech-enthusiasts alike. Earlier this school year, a New York Times article highlighted the benefits of using digital badges to enable students, including those writing their college-admission essays, to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. "A new online program from the Smithsonian called Smithsonian Quests gives K-12 students the opportunity to earn digital badges just by learning more about topics that already interest them. Educators at the Smithsonian have considered all of the points on teachers’ instructional checklists while offering a fun learning experience for students. See if the program corresponds to your own checklist:"
Great way to incorporate real world learning into the classroom and give students a choice about their learning.
"Hi, I'm very pleased to announce that Totara Learning Solutions (the distributors of the corporate distro of Moodle called TotaraLMS) will be developing an Open Badges solution for Moodle and Mahara."
Thanks to @ScottHibberson for pointing this out to me, could be a lot of potential for badges recording achievement in Moodle
Educause Learning Initiative:
Badges are digital tokens that appear as icons or logos on a web page or other online venue. Awarded by institutions, organizations, groups, or individuals, badges signify accomplishments such as completion of a project, mastery of a skill, or marks of experience.
I'm anticipating the announcement at the upcomming EDucause Conference of a new Badge economy that will make it much easier to use this kind of open resource reward in my online classes.
I'm ready to try this. Although my graduate students earn an official transcript and a signed certificate when they complete the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate program, I think adding badges to the mix would help them in their job quest. The folks likely to be impressed with badges are just the people my graduates should be working with.
A presentation to the #weelearning elearning meetup in Bristol on 16th January 2013.
Badges represent a way to validate learning that takes place outside of the traditional venues. Mozilla leads the badge economy. To get an overview of the process.
Badges. Recognize achievements and foster community engagement. For life. Where, how and when we learn is changing dramatically, and how we get recognized for what we learn is now changing, too.
Learning Times is out front on open badging.
Badgestack and Longwood U combine forces to offer students a head start on what they need to know to succeed in today’s work force.
Empowering Teachers. Motivating Students.ClassBadges is a free, online tool where teachers can award badges for student accomplishments. Through your teacher account, you can award badges customized for your classroom or school.
The Badges for Lifelong Learning competition is seeking ideas for a system to legitimize DIY education.
By Audrey Watters:
A number of initiatives and startups are hoping to offers ways to give people some sort of formal(ized) recognition for their informal learning – or at least for the skills they possess for which they don’t have official diplomas or degrees. Among them: Mozilla’s Open Badges project, the social endorsement site Skills.to, the soon-to-launch Degreed, and the open-to-the-public-just-today LearningJar.
Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/hack-higher-education/who-will-benefit-badges-and-other-new-forms-credentialing#ixzz20isdHAC9Inside Higher Ed
Smithsonian Badges inspire students to explore their own ideas and interests online, in school, at home, and across the nation. The quests connect and reward learners of different ages and in different regions as they learn through discovery and collaboration. Rewards include digital badges that students (and teachers) take with them for life!
Last week I attended an online presentation from Learning Times that focused on digital badges for learning and professional enhancement. The session, Badge-based Learning and 21st Century Skills [recording], described "a digital badge ecosystem" that aims to help all kinds of learners capitalize on "living in an age of opportunity for learning, specialization and innovation like none ever seen before." Presenter Jonathan Finkelstein, founder of Learning Times and Director of the BadgeStack project, noted that, "not everything needs to add up to a final grade anymore."
Slides from a two-hour session at BBC North, 10 May 2013.
Solid background on badges.
Thanks for sharing Paolo
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...
Badges, certificates and new methods for translating skills to credits are challenging traditional views of college degrees.
I don't think we are going to see the deeath of the degree, but credentialing could work for professional bodies looking for alternative routes to membership or recognising continuing professional development.
Credly provides simple and powerful ways to issue and display digital badges and credentials for achievements. Credly is available on the web, on mobile devices and through the Credly “Open Credit” API, the most advanced means to integrate credit-issuing into any organization’s existing programs.
Credly is a new online tool from the thinkers at LearningTimes.org. This is the first truly user friendly, online system for creating digital badges and issuing those badges to acknowledge the special skills and abilities of people working both academic and open resource venues.
This is a technology to watch!
These are “a new type of credential being developed by some of the most prominent businesses and learning organizations in the world, including Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, the University of California, the Smithsonian, Intel and Disney-Pixar.”
If badges will open doors to opportunity and employment I'm all for it. People need a way to validate their experience and learning, and a solid badge economy promises to do just that.
This is a growing trend worth watching.
News: My sources tell me that Learning Times will be announcing a new badge economy at Educause in February. Keep a sharp eye out!
Love the Open Badges movement. My favorite @dajbelshaw works with them for Mozilla. Awesome way to carry credentials.
In this post, we’ll describe the “badged and blended” formula we use in courses for NYC high school students.
This group is using Badgestack the badge economy created by the clever and inventive folks at Learning Times. This article is well worth a look!
This API could be a significant element in open education, badging, and non-accredited learning.
Information-age credentials may be the first serious competitor to traditional degrees since college-going became the norm.
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Alex Halavais, who teaches a master’s program on interactive communications at Quinnipiac University, began implementing digital badges in place of a traditional grading scale last spring. The new system enables him—and his students’ prospective employers—to better gauge the specific skills his students master.
As interest in badges continues to increase, it occurs to me that in their passion for gameification, innovation, and outright reinvention, many in the field are overlooking the place where badges make the most sense of all – the formal higher education institution. There are at least two high-level reasons why higher education is the perfect place for badging.