Open Badges: Using 'Lightweight'
Rewards and Credentials to Increase
Motivation and Participation
Dr. Ian Glover
Senior Le...
What is a badge?
Visual representation of achievement, experience, affiliation
and/or interest - ideally distinctive and u...
What is a badge?
Visual representation of achievement, experience, affiliation
and/or interest - ideally distinctive and u...
“Badges mean nothing in themselves, but they mark a
certain achievement and they are a link between
the rich and the poor....
Why 'Open' badges?

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Badges increasingly being used to encourage continued
'brand engagement' online
– e.g. Four Square,...
Why the buzz about Open Badges for
Education?

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Growing recognition that lots of learning happens outside
the classroom
...
"What's my motivation?"

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Intrinsic Motivation
- Personal
- Strong

• Extrinsic Motivation
- External factors
- Weak (us...
Research conducted at City University London

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Aim to identify perceptions and possible
value of Open Badges

•

Semi-st...
Findings related to student motivation

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Badges would act as a motivator
–
–

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would push students to go beyond the mi...
Open Badges at Sheffield Hallam University

•

Current and completed uses
– International students' engagement in cultural...
Share your uses / ideas

JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
Places to earn/display Open Badges

•

'Educational' platforms introducing badges:
–
–
–
–
–
–

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Moodle
Blackboard
Mahar...
Getting started

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Image creation
– OpenBadges.me (http://openbadges.me)
– Online Badge Maker (http://www.onlinebadgemake...
Additional information

•

From me
– Investigating perceptions and potential of open badges in formal
higher education
– O...
Contact
Dr. Ian Glover
i.glover@shu.ac.uk

http://blogs.shu.ac.uk/telteam

@irglover

JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RS...
Claim your Badge!

http://badg.us/en-US/badges/claim/3jvwhu

JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December...
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    1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 11. Share your uses / ideas JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013
    12. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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