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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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'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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gideonwilliams's curator insight, April 4, 2013 2:56 PM

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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Announcing BadgeWidgetHack | iterating toward openness

Announcing BadgeWidgetHack | iterating toward openness | Open Badges | Scoop.it

Post about a hack for displaying open badges that has been developed by David Wiley...


"BadgeWidgetHack is a very basic, lightweight OBI-compliant badge displayer.

 

The widget currently:
- shows up to the first four badges in the group you selected,
- badge images link to the hosted assertion, and
- badge names linking to the badge descriptions."

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Gaining Some Perspective on Badges for Lifelong Learning | Doug Belshaw

Gaining Some Perspective on Badges for Lifelong Learning | Doug Belshaw | Open Badges | Scoop.it

Want to discover an exciting new horizon? Read this exploration of some of the possibilities of open badges, by Doug Belshaw...

 

"One thing I’ve always been interested in is how to shift the power dynamic within classrooms towards learners in a positive way. Changing (or at least providing additional) ways for students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding is one way to do that.

 

The trouble is that people fall into the trap of becoming either advocates or naysayers from a very early point. We all like to have a ‘position’ on major developments in our field, so it’s a brave soul who is willing to suspend judgement."


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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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Designing a Badge System for Universities | ON Course

Designing a Badge System for Universities | ON Course | Open Badges | Scoop.it

Interesting. What a platform for using open badges within a university context could look like...

 

"After looking at what information is required to award a badge using the Open Badge framework, I created a design for a platform that can be picked up and used within another institution or context with minimal customisation required. The purpose of this blog post is to document the decision processes involved and to describe and show the resulting design."


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RSC e-Assessment: Earning my first #openbadge and creating my badge backpack

RSC e-Assessment: Earning my first #openbadge and creating my badge backpack | Open Badges | Scoop.it

I am a little excited about having just earned my first open badge! I earned the Badges101 badge by successfully completing the quiz on the Mozilla Open Badges site, to test my knowledge of badges. To be fair, the quiz was very easy and I'm sure the novelty of earning my first open badges has contributed to my enthusiasm but I think I did also feel a small thrill at achieving something and having some knowledge recognised. :)

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gideonwilliams's comment, April 11, 2013 5:42 AM
Hi Gainne - have you had a look at Moodle OpenBadges link and my ScoopIT site? Was kindly set up with an account for a test site for openbadges in Moodle and have made a number of different badges on it. I am @gideonwilliams on Twitter.
grainnehamilton's comment, April 11, 2013 6:21 AM
Thanks Gideon. I've scooped your post about automatically issuing badges in Moodle - do you know when you'll start using Open Badges for this?
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Mozilla Open Badges ships Beta release

Mozilla Open Badges ships Beta release | Open Badges | Scoop.it

An open infrastructure for assessing, recognising and showcasing skills, achievements and competencies online, through open badges, takes a step forward ...

 

"Integration with Mozilla Persona = adding skills and achievements to your online identity. The new Beta release includes integration with Mozilla Persona (formerly BrowserID). This opens the door for users to create a single user-centric identity across the web, with tools like Mozilla Open Badges adding a “reputation layer” that provides a complete story about what they know and have achieved. All through an open, standards-based infrastructure that puts user sovereignty, privacy and security first."


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