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.
A case study with Charlie Love, who runs a professional learning network for Computer Science educators in Scotland. He has been developing a way to automatically issue Open Badges in Wordpress by integrating the BuddyPress Achievement plug-in and WPBadger.
The concept of Open Badges immediately struck a chord with me because I could see where they would have been of benefit to me during a particular period of learning and a change in career. This is a post from early 2012, when I was just beginning to explore the concept of Open Badges.
"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..."
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...
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.
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
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...
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.
What are conditional activities? Since the introduction of Moodle 2, it has been possible for users to track which activities/resources they have completed. This means that resources/activities are ‘aware’ ...
Ideas and advice on how to automatically issue digital badges in Moodle. Currently, they are not Open Badges but it looks like the plan is to move across to them. Developments for issuing Open Badges from Moodle to Mahara are well underway.
Interesting article on the potential game-changing impact of badges...
"If digital badges gain employers' respect, colleges and universities will face significant competition, writes Kevin Carey, policy director of Education Sector. "Traditional colleges and universities use their present monopoly on the credentialing franchise to extract increasingly large sums of money from students," writes Carey. That will change—if badges prove their validity as credentials."
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