Open Badges (Contemporary Approaches to Teaching workshop)

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Short overview of Open Badges for a 15 minute workshop. Part of the Contemporary Approaches to Teaching event at Sheffield Hallam University on 10th December 2013

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Open Badges (Contemporary Approaches to Teaching workshop)

  1. 1. Open Badges Dr. Ian Glover Technology Enhanced Learning Team i.glover@shu.ac.uk
  2. 2. What is a Badge? Visual representation of achievement, experience, affiliation and/or interest - ideally distinctive and understood within a community. Some examples:
  3. 3. What are 'Open Badges'?  Electronic (online) badges  Link to criteria and evidence for award  Have the credibility of the awarding body  Share 'badge clusters' from multiple sources with others on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.  Provide security and verification  can check whether a person was actually awarded a specific badge
  4. 4. What's the use in HE? Surface the learning 'hidden' in a transcript Encourage students to undertake co- and extra-curricular activities  Recognise informal learning Motivate students to complete formative work Enables students to differentiate themselves from classmates
  5. 5. How could YOU use them?
  6. 6. Think about Badges in your context Are there skills that students use and develop? Do you have extra-curricular activities to encourage? Do you want to draw links between learning and skills demanded by employers/professional bodies? Are there formative activities that you want students to complete?
  7. 7. Any ideas?
  8. 8. Places to earn/display Open Badges  'Educational' platforms introducing badges:  Moodle  Blackboard  Mahara  PebblePad  Wordpress  Drupal  Central, common 'backpack' (https://backpack.openbadges.org)
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Demonstration Creating a badge with Credly http://credly.com
  11. 11. Claim a Reward for Contributing  Go to http://badg.us and enter claim code '7aunyp'  or, Scan:  (You'll need a Mozilla Backpack, though)

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