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Badge System Design: standardization, formalization & uniqueness

This post continues the conversation about Open Badges, the Open Badge Infrastructure and badge system design. It's one post in a series of thoughts-in-process that will culminate in a white paper ...
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2nd badge system design post by Carla Casilli, April 2012

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Open Badges & Badge System Design

Over the last few months I've been doing a lot of thinking about Open Badges and badge system design. During that time I've found myself weighing the idea of the Open Badges Infrastructure against ...
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1st badge system design post by Carla Casilli in April 2012

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Open Badges | Jisc RSC Scotland e-Assessment | Why I would like to use Open Badges for Assessment

Open Badges | Jisc RSC Scotland e-Assessment | Why I would like to use Open Badges for Assessment | Open Badges | Scoop.it
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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.

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Open Badges | Jisc RSC Scotland e-Assessment | Open Badges, MOOCs and Recognising Lifelong Learning

Open Badges | Jisc RSC Scotland e-Assessment | Open Badges, MOOCs and Recognising Lifelong Learning | Open Badges | Scoop.it
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A post written in January 2012, where I am musing on some of the potential applications, as I see them, for Open Badges.

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Are open badges the future for recognition of skills - CETISwiki

Article on the JISC CETIS wiki about a session at their 2012 conference on open badges by Doug Belshaw and Simon Grant. I've been liaising with Doug about open badges and really like the way he puts the concept across. Access presentations by Doug and Simon, as well as feedback on discussions by participants at the conference and other useful resources.

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Validating Open Badges | Jon Buckley

Validating Open Badges | Jon Buckley | Open Badges | Scoop.it

This is quite a technical post on developing open badges, in particular focusing on badge validatation (which will clearly be required to check that a badge is genuine and issued from the issuer it says it's from to the issuee). You can see an example of what an open badge might look like and how verification might work.

 

"Last week I had the opportunity to work with Brian Brennan, who is the technical lead on Mozilla’s Open Badges project. One of the problems that interested me during the work week was validating open badges.

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 I built a demo that showed off in-browser verification of badges. I’d love to see the badge spec continue to evolve, and become even more robust. The next step is signing badges is going to ensure that they can’t be tampered with. It should be interesting to verify that inside the browser. It’d also be good to switch to the ‘iTXt’ PNG chunk, which is designed to hold international text, such as URLs."


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'Badges' Earned Online Pose Challenge to Traditional College Diplomas | LinkedIn

I found this a useful article on badges. It covers the DML Open Badges competition and provides a range of examples of where badges are currently being used to credentialize learning and hard and soft skill, as well as considering implications for accreditors and employers. 

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Increase student engagement with Moodle conditional activities & badges

Increase student engagement with Moodle conditional activities & badges | Open Badges | Scoop.it
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’ ...

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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.

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This is a MUST read for anyone interested in this rarely used and little understood feature. A teacher actually using this in his course to teach Year 7/8 students.

 

Full of great tips and features that show Moodle at its best (when in the hand of a highly innovative and imaginative operator!)

gideonwilliams's comment, April 11, 2013 6:28 AM
Grainne - can you DM me with your email address - I can set you up with an account on the test server to try out badges if you want?
grainnehamilton's comment, April 11, 2013 6:54 AM
Hi Gideon, thanks for the offer. So far I've created Open Badges using WPBadger but not Moodle so it would be interesting to have a look. Thanks!
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Mozilla Open Badges: building trust networks, creating value

Mozilla Open Badges: building trust networks, creating value | Open Badges | Scoop.it

A post investigating the issue of value and open badges. The author considers degrees of trust and how this develops... 

 

“…the value of a unit of currency is not the measure of the value of an object, but the measure of one’s trust in other human beings.” (Graeber, 2011)

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Insurgent Credentials: A Challenge to Established Institutions of Higher Education? | Michael Olneck on HASTAC

Review of a paper by Professor Michael Olneck...

 

'Michael frames badges as a disruptive force within higher education, provoking his readers (initially directed towards sociologists) to evaluate the assumptions and norms of traditional institutions to legitimize and certify knowledge and skills. As Michael writes, his paper "establishes the need to develop sociological explanations for recent developments of certification of skill and knowledge mastery as possible substitutes for, or supplements to, conventional college and university degrees."'


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Badges and Education Curriculum: They Can’t Not Be Together

Badges and Education Curriculum: They Can’t Not Be Together | Open Badges | Scoop.it

Some insightful points on how using a badge framework for the curriculum would force us to really analyse the teaching and consider what learners will get out of it...

 

'A quick preface: Although I’m a huge supporter of badges, the system at large is still very much under development.  These thoughts stem from my own understanding and experience with badges, ...'

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Rubrics for Assessments of Online Activities

Rubrics for Assessments of Online Activities | Open Badges | Scoop.it

With developments in open assessment, open educational resources, open badges etc gathering pace, how to support consistent marking of evidence submitted for open assessment requires consideration. Rubrics can help to set out the learning outcomes and measurements for assessing work, and allow multiple assessors and / or assessors who do not know the person submitting evidence, to judge the work against. This article pulls together links to some example assessment rubrics and resources for creating your own rubrics.

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Release the Badges! | ON Course

Release the Badges! | ON Course | Open Badges | Scoop.it

Functioning platform that could be used for awarding open badges developed at the University of Lincoln, as part of the ON Course, JISC funded project. 

 

"After working on the badges system that I outlined in a previous post, it has finally reached a point where it is functional enough to be 'released'..."

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Open Badges | Jisc RSC Scotland e-Assessment | #OpenBadges: challenges and opportunities for assessment

Open Badges | Jisc RSC Scotland e-Assessment | #OpenBadges: challenges and opportunities for assessment | Open Badges | Scoop.it
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As I have a focus on assessment, in this post from January 2012 I explore some of the ways in which I think Open Badges could impact assessment practices.

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Open Badges | Jisc RSC Scotland e-Assessment | What are Open Badges?

Open Badges | Jisc RSC Scotland e-Assessment | What are Open Badges? | Open Badges | Scoop.it
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Another early blog post on Open Badges, where I'm beginning to look at the concept and some of the key features.

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Open Badges Lexicon: Earners and Issuers

We've leapt into Badge System Design in some earlier posts (1, 2, 3) and we'll be returning to it shortly, In the interim, I'd like to step back to consider a small number of basic Open Badges tene...
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Post on some of the terminology around Open Badges.

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Mozilla Open Badges & Rewarding 21st Century Skills through Supporter to Reporter | Digital Me

Mozilla Open Badges & Rewarding 21st Century Skills through Supporter to Reporter | Digital Me | Open Badges | Scoop.it

Article outlining a winning proposal by UK based DigitalME for the MacArthur Foundation DML Competition. Supporter to Reporter is a real-life learning programme where young people take on roles of sports journalists, media producers and mentors - DigitalME will use the Mozilla Open Badges Infrastructure to assess and reward skills and competencies achieved.  

 

I'm delighted that DigitalME will be talking about open badges alongside Doug Belshaw at our JISC RSC Scotland conference on June 8th in Glasgow. For more information see: http://www.rsc-scotland.ac.uk/Dragons/index.htm

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Digital Badges Threaten Colleges' Monopoly on Credentials - US News and World Report

Digital Badges Threaten Colleges' Monopoly on Credentials - US News and World Report | Open Badges | Scoop.it

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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Badges for Learning | Social Media in Higher Education

Badges for Learning | Social Media in Higher Education | Open Badges | Scoop.it

I’m really excited that we were able to partner with SCVNGR to develop a badging system for this project. If the project gets funded, we’ll use an experimental design to evaluate the impact of integrating our badging system and related game dynamics into large lecture courses. As outcomes, we’ll measure differences in student engagement, attendance, and academic performance between the experimental group and the control group. 


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Open Badges and Assessment

Open Badges and Assessment | Open Badges | Scoop.it

The Open Badges and Assessment forum is exploring how Mozilla's upcoming Open Badges framework might be used in education. This article, which focuses on inclusive practice, provides some potential applications of using open badges for rewarding and recognising skills / competence that would be harder to assess through current assessment practices.

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Richard Wyles: Open Badges and Moodle/Mahara

"The "Moodle as Issuer, Mahara as Displayer" project will integrate Mozilla's "Open Badges" software to issue, manage and display digital badges in Moodle and 3rd party sites such as social media and also eportfolio systems - we'll develop a solutions for Mahara."


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Badge System Design: Validity, Credibility, and Reliability

Badge System Design: Validity, Credibility, and Reliability | Open Badges | Scoop.it

The validity of open badges is perhaps one of the key concerns raised when I discuss them. I think this article proposes some useful ways for considering this, focusing on how notions of credibility and reliability inform our perception of what is, or is not valid...

 

'The question of validity is posed fairly commonly.* It goes something like this, “How can we ensure that the badges have a sense of validity?” or “Who will vet them?” or “How will we know that they’re worthwhile badges issued from reputable sources?”

 

There is a good deal of subtext embedded in these seemingly simple questions. And bound into that subtext is an unwitting/unacknowledged acceptance of the sociocultural status quo. That tacit acceptance should be unpacked and considered. How does any organization achieve validity? How do standards become standards? When the landscape is unknown, how do you learn to trust anything?'


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Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition | What Do We Know Now? | Volume 1 | HASTAC

Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition | What Do We Know Now? | Volume 1 | HASTAC | Open Badges | Scoop.it

A few months back, we rolled out the Badges Competition Project Roadmap during our first grantee townhall webinar, a virtual opportunity for all 30 projects to share knowledge about designing and building their badge systems.

 

Why a project roadmap for grantee badge system design? No one-size-fits-all approach exists for building badge systems, but a roadmap offers useful guideposts to help thread knowledge and provide jumping-off points to spark ideas. Collaboration by difference -- especially the innovative type -- needs a blueprint that can then be adapted, tweaked, revisited, transformed, and yes -- even ignored.


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7 Things You Should Know About Badges | EDUCAUSE.edu

Briefing paper giving a quick insight into badges including what they are, who's using them, why they might be significant, potential downsides and implications for teaching and learning.

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Schools wanted for exciting new Mozilla Open Badges Project | HASTAC

Schools wanted for exciting new Mozilla Open Badges Project | HASTAC | Open Badges | Scoop.it

DigitalMe, UK based winners of funding from the DML 'Badges for Lifelong Learning' competition, are looking for schools to engage with them on their award winning project, Supporter to Reporter...

 

'We will be developing an exciting new way to recognise and reward the skills young people develop by taking part in the award winning Supporter to Reporter programme. We know that through becoming a sports reporter, young people develop confidence, improved speaking and listening skills, teamwork and resilience, as well as the maturity to become mentors and pass on their skills to others. The DML open badges project will enable us to build a series of online ‘Medals’ which recognise and reward these achievements, which young people can use to demonstrate their skills to future employers.

 

We are looking for 5 Schools or Education Centres to work with us on this pilot project.'

 

Tim Riches, the CEO of DigitalMe, will be talking at the JISC RSC Scotland conference on the 8th June so if you are joining us there, you can find out more about the Supporter to Reporter programme http://bit.ly/KDgBTR


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