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Mozilla Releases Long-Discussed Software to Offer 'Badges' for Learning - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Mozilla Releases Long-Discussed Software to Offer 'Badges' for Learning - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Innovations in e-Learning | Scoop.it

by Jake New

"after two years of development, Mozilla has released Open Badges 1.0,free software that allows for a new way to recognize learning: digital badges.

Similar to Boy Scout badges that represent pitching a tent or riding a horse, the digital badges denote specific skills that employers might look for, like community service, social networking, or experience with HTML. Some professors at institutions such as Indiana University at Bloomington and Purdue University have already been experimenting with badges, awarding them to students for class participation or for mastering certain sections of a course..."

More than 600 organizations are already participating in Open Badges

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How Will Mozilla's Open Badges Project Affect Higher Ed? | Inside Higher Ed

How Will Mozilla's Open Badges Project Affect Higher Ed? | Inside Higher Ed | Innovations in e-Learning | Scoop.it

"The Open Badges Project is a recognition that "learning looks very different today than traditionally imagined. Legitimate and interest-driven learning is occurring through a multitude of channels outside of formal education, and yet much of that learning does not "count" in today's world. There is no real way to demonstrate that learning and transfer it across contexts or use it for real results," Mozilla's Erin Knight told me in an interview for O'Reilly Radar."

 

"The timing of the Open Badges Project coincides with our asking serious questions about the cost and the value of a college degree, and even though there are critiques about badgesas "gamification," there are certainly lots of interested parties in the development of the idea -- the Department of Education, for example, and the Department of Labor."


"Indeed, it could portend not just new definitions but also a major shift in power, away from the formal educational institutions to other sites where people teach and learn on a daily basis. This isn't to say, of course, that schools and universities can't and won't award badges of their own. And it's not to say that the Open Badges Project necessarily marks the end of college credentialing as we know it.

Or does it?"

Audrey Watters

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http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/hack-higher-education/how-will-mozillas-open-badges-project-affect-higher-ed

 

 

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