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Open Badges: Using 'Lightweight' Rewards and Credentials to Increase Motivation and Participation

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Presentation for the JISC RSC Yorks+Humber Annual Conference. #RSCOnline13

Presentation for the JISC RSC Yorks+Humber Annual Conference. #RSCOnline13

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    • 1. Open Badges: Using 'Lightweight' Rewards and Credentials to Increase Motivation and Participation Dr. Ian Glover Senior Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning, Sheffield Hallam University i.glover@shu.ac.uk JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 2. What is a badge? Visual representation of achievement, experience, affiliation and/or interest - ideally distinctive and understood within a community. JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 3. What is a badge? Visual representation of achievement, experience, affiliation and/or interest - ideally distinctive and understood within a community. Some examples: JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 4. “Badges mean nothing in themselves, but they mark a certain achievement and they are a link between the rich and the poor. For when one girl sees a badge on a sister Scout’s arm, if that girl has won the same badge, it at once awakens an interest and sympathy between them.” - Juliette G. Low, Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 5. Why 'Open' badges? • Badges increasingly being used to encourage continued 'brand engagement' online – e.g. Four Square, Quidco, • Also used to represent achievement within a domain – e.g games (XBox, Playstation, Steam [PC]) • However, all separate • 'Open Badges' allows badges from multiple sources to be gathered together JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 6. Why the buzz about Open Badges for Education? • Growing recognition that lots of learning happens outside the classroom • Grade transcripts hide the 'truth' about learning • Strong links with current trends such as MOOCs, Gamification, Mobile Learning – but can be used independently of these • Significant motivational potential in some situations JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 7. "What's my motivation?" • Intrinsic Motivation - Personal - Strong • Extrinsic Motivation - External factors - Weak (usually) • Mixed motivations common - e.g. interested in the topic, but also want to gain recognition from peers. JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 8. Research conducted at City University London • Aim to identify perceptions and possible value of Open Badges • Semi-structured interviews with staff – Whole institution • Focus groups with students – • Health Sciences and Engineering None had prior knowledge of badges in HE – but some were aware of other uses JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 9. Findings related to student motivation • Badges would act as a motivator – – • would push students to go beyond the minimum would support both individual and competitive goals Why? – To stand out when apply for jobs – To help students monitor their progress • personal and relative to peers – To recognise effort in formative tasks • But, important not to issue too many – each badge must represent a genuine achievement • Other findings in research paper
    • 10. Open Badges at Sheffield Hallam University • Current and completed uses – International students' engagement in cultural / orientation activities – Course representatives – Reflective Practice module • Planned / proposed uses – – – – Information skills Graduate Attributes Staff Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Professional skills for International MBA students JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 11. Share your uses / ideas JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 12. Places to earn/display Open Badges • 'Educational' platforms introducing badges: – – – – – – • Moodle Blackboard Mahara PebblePad Wordpress Drupal Central, common 'backpack' (https://backpack.openbadges.org) JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 13. Getting started • Image creation – OpenBadges.me (http://openbadges.me) – Online Badge Maker (http://www.onlinebadgemaker.com/) • Badge creation and issuing – badg.us (http://badg.us) • All-in-one systems – Credly (http://credly.com) – Mozilla BadgeKit (http://badgekit.openbadges.org/) - April 2014 JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 14. Additional information • From me – Investigating perceptions and potential of open badges in formal higher education – Open Badges: a visual, learner-centric approach to recognising achievement – Slideshare Presentations (several on Open Badges) • From other people – – – – – 7 things you should know about Badges - Educause Digital badges for professional development - Educause Review So What Are Open Badges? - JISC RSC Scotland Open Badges Google group Projects from Mozilla Mozfest JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 15. Contact Dr. Ian Glover i.glover@shu.ac.uk http://blogs.shu.ac.uk/telteam @irglover JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    • 16. Claim your Badge! http://badg.us/en-US/badges/claim/3jvwhu JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013

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