Over the past couple of weeks I've attended a number of events on open education, open credentialing (focusing on Open Badges), innovation and prosperity. In the process I have come across a number...
One of my own blog posts pulling together some examples of Open Badge developments in Scottish universities. It also covers how institutional policies could be useful to improve wider uptake of Open Badges and how openness in general can contribute to prosperity.
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...
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 ;)
The recent announcement by Udacity to offer nano-degrees really got me thinking. It’s, of course, a new word - a hip and buzzworthy word especially with the geeky crowd (nano!). So now we’ll add that...
Great article on the reasons for choosing the word 'badge' and how using a different, albeit sometimes controversial name, can help with the process of defining a new way forward for learning, pathways and credentialing.
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.
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.
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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