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Badges? Certificates? What counts as succeeding in MOOCs?

Badges? Certificates? What counts as succeeding in MOOCs? | Open Badges | Scoop.it

Success and how it is measured continues to be one of the "known unknowns" for MOOCs. Debate (hype) on success is heightened by the now recognised and recorded high drop out rates. If "only" 3,000 registered users complete a MOOC then it must be failing, mustn't it? If you don't get the certificate/badge/whatever then you have failed. Well in one sense that might be true - if you take completion to equate with success. For a movement that is supposed to be revolutionising the (HE) system, the initial metrics some of the big xMOOCs are measuring and being measured by are pretty traditional. Some of the best known success of recent years have been college "drop outs', so why not embrace that difference and the flexibility that MOOCs offer learners?

 

Well possibly because doing really new things and introducing new educational metrics is hard and even harder to sell to venture capitalists, who don't really understand what is "broken" with education. Even for those who supposedly do understand education e.g. governments find any change to educational metrics (and in particular assessments) really hard to implement. In the UK we have recent examples of this with Michael Gove's proposed changes to GSCEs and in Scotland the introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence has been a pretty fraught affair over the last five years.


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Interesting post on how to demonstrate evidence of learning in MOOCs... I wonder if an Open Badge backpack could be useful here, combining a central portfolio of badges with links to the evidence submitted for receiving the badge (if the badge issuer includes it)...

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EsdeGroot's curator insight, April 24, 2013 3:38 PM

What equates with success, indeed. Useful to continue the discussion about this.

Cláudia Gomes's comment, June 16, 2013 2:02 PM
Reaching the combination of behavior models, like badges, with social approaches.
Ken Ronkowitz's comment, June 16, 2013 3:51 PM
Definitely need to rethink "lurkers" as perhaps being "auditors."
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Articles relating to the open, standards-based accreditation and recognition framework, Open Badges and the Mozilla OBI. (Note, this is not an official Mozilla channel)
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Discovering pathways

Discovering pathways | Open Badges | Scoop.it
For the past couple of months I have been working with the Mozilla Open Badges team on the Open Badges Discovery project. The project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and we are d...
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I would welcome feedback on the topic of my latest blog post (on my new blog), on quiz developments for the Mozilla Open Badges Discovery project. 

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Assessment on the Web: Part 1

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Part 1 of a report by Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) into assessment on the web. It sets out some of the changes in the learning landscape, that assessment practices need to take account of. 

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Evidencing Employability Skills with Open Badges

Evidencing Employability Skills with Open Badges | Open Badges | Scoop.it
Concerns, Possible Solutions, Paradigm Shifts and Key Findings There was focused and lively discussion at the Open Badges: Ways to Evidence Employability event I co-facilitated at the University of...
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Superbadger Community Facilitators Take Badges To New Heights At MozFest 2013

Superbadger Community Facilitators Take Badges To New Heights At MozFest 2013 | Open Badges | Scoop.it
"The Mozilla Festival is where many of Mozilla’s best and most innovative ideas spring to life. It’s where passionate thinkers and inventors come together to learn from one another and engage in a...
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Overview of what went on on the Open Badges floor at MozFest 2013. 

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Five Ways Digital Badges Can Influence Learning

Five Ways Digital Badges Can Influence Learning | Open Badges | Scoop.it

RT @kyledbowen: RT @EvoLLLution: @kyledbowen & Andrea Thomas at discuss 5 ways badges influence learning http://t.co/FH4AAwaHFf #edu13


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Useful summary of five areas where digital badges could add value. The article is by the Director of Informatics at Purdue University, which was one of the first higher education institutions to explore the potential of Mozilla's Open Badges.

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gitbew's comment, October 24, 2013 2:20 AM
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"Badges have the potential to help faculty think through lessons they want their students to learn, the ways in which students learn and the evidence that can be used to validate student success."


1. Provide evidence of achievements

2.  Motivate students to pursue deeper learning

3. Allow students and instructors to personalize learning paths

4. Act as open and shareable credentials

5. Recognize various types of learning for the versatile student

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SQA investigates opportunities with Mozilla's Open Badges - SQA

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Exciting stuff for Scotland and Open Badges contained in this press release from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Mozilla. As far I'm aware, this statement of intent on Open Badges is a world first for a national awarding and qualifications authority.

 

The SQA are active members of the Open Badges in Scottish Education Group (OBSEG), which is made up of members from schools, colleges, universities, local and national government, educational agencies, regulatory bodies, professional associations, Open Badges projects, employer bodies and Mozilla. The SQA contributes to discussion with the wider sector on thinking around Open Badges through this group and as convener of the group, I'm personally delighted to see the SQA providing a public 'permission to innovate' for the education sector in Scotland.

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terrymc's curator insight, October 21, 2013 7:08 AM

Pleased to see this being investigated further - looks a promising concept.

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LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman on education: overhaul the degree, not just the instruction

LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman on education: overhaul the degree, not just the instruction | Open Badges | Scoop.it
LinkedIn co-founder and investor Reid Hoffman wants upgrade the college diploma, but he’s not the only one thinking of new ways to approach credentialing.

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Article mentions Mozilla's Open Badges and work being progressed by start-ups like Degreed and Smarterer which could shake up how we accredit learning.

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Thats outstanding...
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Value, Cognitive Authority, and Digital Badges

Value, Cognitive Authority, and Digital Badges | Open Badges | Scoop.it

The major question that I have had since I’ve started exploring new hosting opportunities for our ORMS badges involves aspects of value, credibility, and “sincerity” of design involved in our badging infrastructure. Put simply, I believe that people will make judgments about the believability, credibility, and relevance of the digital badges based on elements of the metadata, the images used, and where the badge is hosted.

 


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Robert Farrow's curator insight, September 14, 2013 5:52 AM

An argument for the view that "people will make judgments about the believability, credibility, and relevance [of] digital badges based on elements of the metadata, the images used, and where the badge is hosted" -  likely to have relevance for the #oerrhub hypotheses on informal assessment methods and informal support for learning.

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Chicago Summer of Learning: thoughts on badge design

Chicago Summer of Learning: thoughts on badge design | Open Badges | Scoop.it
In my initial post about the Chicago Summer of Learning (CSOL) badge system, I quickly sketched out the rough outline of it. In this post we'll talk through the components of CSOL badge design and ...
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hastac.org by Mobify

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Design principles for motivating learning with Digital Badges posts on HASTAC site.

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Chicago Summer of Learning's City-Wide Badging System | Carla Casilli and Sunny Lee | HASTAC

Chicago Summer of Learning's City-Wide Badging System | Carla Casilli and Sunny Lee | HASTAC | Open Badges | Scoop.it

In 2013, the Mozilla Open Badges team worked with the city of Chicago Mayor's Office, the MacArthur Foundation and many other youth-serving organizations to launch an amazing and exciting learning campaign called the Chicago Summer of Learning (CSOL).


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xAPI, Open Badges and E-Portfolios - Christian Glahn

xAPI, Open Badges and E-Portfolios - Christian Glahn | Open Badges | Scoop.it

The new ADL Experience API offers interesting opportunities. Yet, it challenges the integration with existing concepts and technologies. An example for these challenges is illustrated by the following question: how does the xAPI relate to Mozilla's Open Badges or E-Portfolio systems like Mahara? Because all these initiatives and tools are related to learning experiences there appears to be a significant overlap. In this article I explain how the xAPI fits into a framework with open learning badges and e-portfolio systems. 

 

At the first sight e-portfolios, learning badges, and the xAPI seem to cover the same use-case of documenting learning across platforms and learning environments. However, on closer inspection we  find that each concept only deals with one part of this use case. The following infographic illustrates how the xAPI can be used to link learning activities with e-portfolios. 


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Mozilla Open Badges to Show Career Readiness

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Professional Examination Service has issued a white paper, Digital "Badges" Emerge as Part of Credentialing Future, examining the history of how digital badges have been "used to represent accompli...

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"Badges are definitely not a fleeting trend. Catalano found that Fortune 500 senior hiring managers thought that digital badge credentials could help them choose the applicants most likely to have the specific skills needed for a position."

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Assessment on the Web: Part 2

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Part two of a three part exploration of assessment on the web covering new approaches to recognising competencies, contribution and learning within online communities.

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Open Badges in 2013

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Welcome! This interactive timeline tells the story of Open Badges in 2013, from community accomplishments and teamwork triumphs to citywide learning and MozFest celebrations.
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Fabulous overview of Open Badges developments in 2013. Nice to get a shout-out for the Jisc RSC Scotland in February!

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Badge System Design: ideas to build on

Hey there, happy new year! I hope that the new year is going well and continues to go well for everyone. Over the holidays—and for quite some time actually—I've been meditating on some thoughts abo...
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Open Badges lessons from October

Open Badges lessons from October | Open Badges | Scoop.it
BadgeMaker's badge wall Over the last month I have had the pleasure of attending not one, but two Mozilla events: the Mozilla Summit, which ran from the 4th - 6th October, and MozFest which took pl...
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Great overview of some of the key themes, opportunities and challenges related to Open Badges, that arose at both the Mozilla Summit and the Mozilla Festival. Includes a list of tools and features for creating badges. The Open Badges in Scottish Education Group gets a mention too ;)

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Open Badges at the Mozilla Summit (#MozSummit, #OBSEG, #OpenBadges)

Open Badges at the Mozilla Summit (#MozSummit, #OBSEG, #OpenBadges) | Open Badges | Scoop.it
What an inspiring few days I had at the Mozilla Summit! The Summit brought together 2000 Mozillians in 3 cities, in 3 countries over 3 days. I attended the Brussels Summit and left it feeling inspi...
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An overview of my experiences leading and attending Open Badges sessions at the Mozilla Summit 2013.

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CSOL | Level Up

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Over 100,000 Open Badges were issued during the Chicago Summer of Learning. This page explains how badge earners could unlock higher level challenges and badges by following their own badge pathways.

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OpenBadges

   We had a great group on  "Openness and Innovation in e-learning" and the bonus badge above was a genius idea birthed by David in a midnight Facebook support group.     Although H817 is a passed,...
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Post articulating some questions around the practicalities and considerations of issuing and using Open Badges. Mentions Jisc RSC Scotland Borders College case study.

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Badges: what comes between & before

Badges: what comes between & before | Open Badges | Scoop.it
As I've been thinking through the concept of badges and how folks might interact with them from a systems standpoint, I keep coming returning to the idea of the void. The empty space around a badge...
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Chicago Summer of Learning 2013: thoughts on developing a citywide badge system

Chicago Summer of Learning 2013: thoughts on developing a citywide badge system | Open Badges | Scoop.it
For the last few months we, the Mozilla Open Badges team, have been working together with a number of other groups and the City of Chicago to launch an amazing and exciting learning campaign: the C...
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CSOL | What are awesome things to do in Chicago this Summer?

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Official site for the Chicago Summer of Learning - a city-wide, summer learning programme that resulted in the issuing of nearly 100,000 Open Badges.

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City of Chicago :: Mayor Emanuel Announces Nearly 100,000 Badges Awarded Through Chicago Summer of Learning

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Partnership between City of Chicago, Mozilla and MacArthur Foundation results in nearly 100,000 Open Badges being issued during Chicago Summer of Learning.

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Out With the Degree, In With the Badge: How Badges Motivate Learning And 7 Tips To Use It Right - InformED

Out With the Degree, In With the Badge: How Badges Motivate Learning And 7 Tips To Use It Right - InformED | Open Badges | Scoop.it

How Digital Badges Motivate Learning And 7 Tips To Use Them Right: http://t.co/iH8LsIWyau via @inform_ed


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Controversial title but the article investigates ways in which Open Badges can augment 'traditional' degrees and provides tips on how to get started with creating a badge system.

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