Grainne Hamilton and Shelaine Douglas, Jisc RSC Scotland
Designing StrategicallyAligned DigitalCredentialing Systems
with ...
Institutional Strategies
Examples of some current strategic drivers
»Graduate attributes
» Digital identities
» Internatio...
Activities and attributes
»What skills, attributes and understanding
could students demonstrate in relation to
your instit...
Develop a credential
In pairs, take one of the activities or attributes you
have noted and consider this in terms of a cre...
Institutional strategy aligned credentials
Example credentials related to strategic drivers
»Graduate attributes
› Eg cred...
Open Badges
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 6
A digital accreditation infrastructure
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 7
»Digital credentials –
called Open Badges
Open Badges
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 8
Information infused images
From Flickr by dun-deagh
Open Badges
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 9
Information infused digital images
Image by Kyle Bowen
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 10
»Assessments and
identification of
learning, attributes and
competencies
»An open infras...
Open Badges
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 11
Digital credentials earners can display online
On: Professional profiles, e....
Open Badges
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 12
What people are saying about Open Badges
“It was nice to see a badges scheme...
Open Badges
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 13
What people are saying about Open Badges
“…while academic achievements can b...
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 14
Jisc RSC Scotland
»Founded and facilitate the
Open Badges in Scottish
Education Group (O...
Connecting over Open Badges
The Open Badges in Scottish
Education Group (OBSEG) is
hosted by Jisc and performs an:
»Overvi...
Open Badges areas of interest
The Open Badges in Scottish
Education Group (OBSEG) hosts
the following sub-groups:
» Learne...
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 17
Jisc RSC Scotland
Issuing badges to:
»Recognise contribution to the
learning of others
»...
ScottishQualificationsAuthority
“The Scottish Qualifications Authority supports the
concept of Open Badges and is working ...
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 19
ScottishQualificationsAuthority
» Informal learning to formal certification
» Single com...
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 20
Borders College
Using Open Badges to:
»Motivate learners and
improve retention through
s...
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 21
Borders College
» Break up the sometimes
difficult learning journey
» Recognise small
ac...
Open Badges
»Provide evidence of employability skills and attributes
not picked up in formal qualifications
»Showcase attr...
Getting started
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 23
Design considerations and tools
Key considerations include:
»Badge syste...
Badge system design
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 24
Considerations
»What do you want to
badge and why?
»Ensure your badg...
Badge content design
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 25
Considerations
»Who is your badge is for?
»Why would someone want t...
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 26
Badge brand design
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 27
Considerations
»How will the badge visual
design represent you?
»What...
Open BadgesTools
»Jisc Open Badges Design Sheet – due March 2014
»Mozilla BadgeKit – due March / April 2014
»DigitalMe Res...
Further information
»Jisc Regional Support Centre (RSC) Scotland pilot of Open
Badges: rsc-scotland.org/?page_id=2223
»Moz...
Questions?
RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 30
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Open badges are digital credentials that earners can display anywhere on the web. They are underpinned by an open accreditation infrastructure developed by Mozilla, which enables the issuing of open badges to recognise granular achievements gained through formal and informal learning opportunities and to capture attributes not picked up in formal qualifications, such as the individual qualities that could help a student stand out in the job market. This workshop will focus on effective open badge system development, introducing Mozilla and Jisc toolkits to support badge system design and a strategic approach to implementing open badges in a formal education context. The session will be led by Mozilla and Jisc, and will include tips, case studies and guidance on best practice in badge system design. Participants will gain hands-on experience with tools they can use for developing open badge systems for motivating learning, supporting engagement and progression and enhancing employability.

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  • Go to ‘View’ menu > ‘Header and Footer…’ to edit the footers on this slide (click ‘Apply’ to change only the currently selected slide, or ‘Apply to All’ to change the footers on all slides).To change the image on this slide:Click once on the image to select it, and then delete itDrag a replacement picture to the placeholder or click the icon in the centre of the placeholder to browse for & add another imageOnce you have added your replacement image, you may need to put it into the background so that it doesn’t cover other items on the slide. Do this by right-clicking on the new image and choosing ‘Arrange’ > ‘Send to Back’ from the contextual menu
  • Increasingly many of the ways in which we work, communicate and learn involve the online environment. Increasingly employers and recruitment agencies are also using the online environment to find potential candidates for jobs.- So how can we help meet the needs of digital learners and also help students to stand out and demonstrate their employability in the online environment?
  • Increasingly many of the ways in which we work, communicate and learn involve the online environment. Increasingly employers and recruitment agencies are also using the online environment to find potential candidates for jobs.- So how can we help meet the needs of digital learners and also help students to stand out and demonstrate their employability in the online environment?
  • Increasingly many of the ways in which we work, communicate and learn involve the online environment. Increasingly employers and recruitment agencies are also using the online environment to find potential candidates for jobs.- So how can we help meet the needs of digital learners and also help students to stand out and demonstrate their employability in the online environment?
  • Increasingly many of the ways in which we work, communicate and learn involve the online environment. Increasingly employers and recruitment agencies are also using the online environment to find potential candidates for jobs.- So how can we help meet the needs of digital learners and also help students to stand out and demonstrate their employability in the online environment?
  • A relatively new digital accreditation development, called Open Badges, has begun to take off over the last couple of years, which people are exploring in terms of addressing these kinds of challenges.
  • The most obvious part of the system are probably the badges, the digital credentials.
  • Open Badges are information infused images. This concept is nothing new, think of coats of arms or kite marks – the images provide information to the viewer
  • So what is a badge?Online, visual representations of achievements, skills, attributes, learning, competencies, contributions etcDigital badges with metadata baked in – these include criteria and can include evidenceAlign to a standard developed by an international communityUnderpinned by the Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) developed by MozillaProvide an opportunity to capture and demonstrate some of those skills that are not currently explicit in an academic qualification, such as soft skills like presentation and communication skills, employability skills like leadership, the ability to mentor others, being a good team player and so on
  • The open infrastructure is key to ensuring the credentials or badges, are not locked away in closed systems but that earners can display these credentials in whichever online platform they find useful.
  • Earners store their badges in a badgepack. Currently there is only one provided by Mozilla but as it is an open infrastructure, there is scope for other providers to create their own badge stores for providers to create their own. Earners can then choose to add their badges or groups of badges to online platforms such as recruitment sites, professional profile sites, on their own blogs, personal websites etc.
  • We have been exploring the potential of Open Badges at the Jisc RSC Scotland for over 2 years and piloting them with our courses and other services. Here is a quote from one of our participants. Borders College, who Suzanne will talk about in more detail soon have also been issuing badges this year, and can see clear potential for them. The Vice-Principal comments how they can help to motivate learning, improve retention and help learners stand out in the jobs market.
  • For any new accreditation system to be worthwhile, it must be useful for employers. Tom Caira, the Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board (Computing) at UWS which has around 80 members from the computing industry including large multi-nationals to local employers, talks about how he believes Open Badges could help to evidence some of the attributes employers are looking for.
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    1. 1. Grainne Hamilton and Shelaine Douglas, Jisc RSC Scotland Designing StrategicallyAligned DigitalCredentialing Systems with Open Badges to Engage and Meet the Needs of Digital Learners From Flickr by Vito
    2. 2. Institutional Strategies Examples of some current strategic drivers »Graduate attributes » Digital identities » Internationalisation »Think about one of your own institution’s strategic drivers and note it on the Design Toolkit RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 2 Examples
    3. 3. Activities and attributes »What skills, attributes and understanding could students demonstrate in relation to your institutional strategic driver? »What non-accredited activities or attributes relate to it? »Note these down on the front page of the DesignToolkit RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 3 Aligning with institutional strategy
    4. 4. Develop a credential In pairs, take one of the activities or attributes you have noted and consider this in terms of a credential »Who would the credential be awarded to? »Why? »What criteria would need to be met in order to receive the credential? »Use the inside section of theToolkit and in pairs, work through this for one of the credentials. Then work on a credential your partner has developed RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 4 Think about what you would recognise and how
    5. 5. Institutional strategy aligned credentials Example credentials related to strategic drivers »Graduate attributes › Eg credential awarded for mentoring others - graduates showing leadership qualities » Digital identities › Eg credential awarded for developing a professional profile on theVLE » Internationalisation › Eg credentials awarded to recognise learning taking place in MOOCs RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 5 Examples
    6. 6. Open Badges RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 6 A digital accreditation infrastructure
    7. 7. RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 7 »Digital credentials – called Open Badges
    8. 8. Open Badges RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 8 Information infused images From Flickr by dun-deagh
    9. 9. Open Badges RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 9 Information infused digital images Image by Kyle Bowen
    10. 10. RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 10 »Assessments and identification of learning, attributes and competencies »An open infrastructure for issuing, managing and sharing the credentials
    11. 11. Open Badges RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 11 Digital credentials earners can display online On: Professional profiles, e.g. LinkedIn / Blogs / Personal websites / Social media / e-Portfolios...
    12. 12. Open Badges RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 12 What people are saying about Open Badges “It was nice to see a badges scheme in operation. I really did think that collecting badges incentivised my participation.” Participant, Jisc e-Assessment for Learning course “We believe that Open Badges have enormous potential in motivating learning, improving retention and in presenting the skills of our learners in way that is clear and accessible for them and employers. In this way, Open Badges will help our learners stand out in the jobs market.” Vice-Principal:Quality and Innovation, Borders College.
    13. 13. Open Badges RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 13 What people are saying about Open Badges “…while academic achievements can be evidenced by an…academic transcript, there is no such evidence of so-called soft skills – the personal attributes that enhance a graduate’s work ethic, job performance, interaction with work colleagues and, ultimately, their career prospects. I am convinced that Open Badges can …evidence the development of these personal attributes in a way that is recognisable to, and trusted by, employers.” TomCaira, Chair of the IndustrialAdvisory Board (Computing). University of theWest of Scotland
    14. 14. RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 14 Jisc RSC Scotland »Founded and facilitate the Open Badges in Scottish Education Group (OBSEG) »IssuingOpen Badges since 2012 »Raising awareness and supporting the sector since 2011 Facilitating Open Badges Developments
    15. 15. Connecting over Open Badges The Open Badges in Scottish Education Group (OBSEG) is hosted by Jisc and performs an: »Overview and mapping function ofOpen Badge developments in Scottish education »Oversees a number of sub-groups »Provides a forum for discussion and the formation of connections RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 15 Open Badges in Scottish Education Group
    16. 16. Open Badges areas of interest The Open Badges in Scottish Education Group (OBSEG) hosts the following sub-groups: » Learner Progress » Staff Development »Technology and Design RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 16 Open Badges in Scottish Education Group
    17. 17. RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 17 Jisc RSC Scotland Issuing badges to: »Recognise contribution to the learning of others »Accredit the acquisition and application of knowledge »Reward the sharing of practice »Increase the learning of the sector »Motivate engagement with Jisc services Recognising the work of the sector From Flickr by justus.thane
    18. 18. ScottishQualificationsAuthority “The Scottish Qualifications Authority supports the concept of Open Badges and is working in partnership with the Open Badges in Scottish Education Group to support the adoption of Open Badges across a range of sectors.We believe that the infrastructure promotes and supports greater flexibility for learning and the recognition of achievement.” RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 18 Meeting the needs of digital learners JoeWilson, Head of NewVentures, SQA. Experimental Blog, October 2013
    19. 19. RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 19 ScottishQualificationsAuthority » Informal learning to formal certification » Single competencies and outcomes » Recognition for chunks of learning … smaller than would normally be recognised in national certification and national credit rating systems » Accreditation of prior learning » Issuing with the SQAAcademy Investigating Open Badges
    20. 20. RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 20 Borders College Using Open Badges to: »Motivate learners and improve retention through stepped achievements »Encourage staff CPD »Enhance employability through recognising soft / additional skills »Improve digital literacies with Moodle Open Badges Improving motivation / enhancing employability
    21. 21. RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 21 Borders College » Break up the sometimes difficult learning journey » Recognise small achievements = improved Key Performance Indicators » Encourage returners » Enable Student differentiation = 21st Century CV highlights differences From Flickr by Michael_Schmatz Improving motivation / enhancing employability
    22. 22. Open Badges »Provide evidence of employability skills and attributes not picked up in formal qualifications »Showcase attributes alongside academic qualifications on a professional profile such as LinkedIn »Employers can search online to identify individuals with the right mix of skills and attributes for a specific job »Access evidence of the attributes or skills that have been badged »Create and influence relationships with employers by having them endorse your badges or your theirs RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 22 Opportunities
    23. 23. Getting started RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 23 Design considerations and tools Key considerations include: »Badge systems design »Badge content design »Badge brand design Cycle through these, while developing the design of your badges to ensure appropriate badges, a flexible badge system and consistent badge brand
    24. 24. Badge system design RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 24 Considerations »What do you want to badge and why? »Ensure your badge system can grow »Think about constellations and pathways From Flickr by Kris Williams
    25. 25. Badge content design RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 25 Considerations »Who is your badge is for? »Why would someone want to earn the badge? »What: › Skills / Attributes / Understanding are represented by the badge? › Behaviours do you want to encourage? › Criteria is required to earn the badge? › Evidence will be linked to (if at all)? › Modes of assessment are appropriate? › Endorsement agreements, channels will you use? › Systems, tags, sustainability requirements are there?
    26. 26. RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 26
    27. 27. Badge brand design RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 27 Considerations »How will the badge visual design represent you? »What consistent visual identifiers will you use for key elements of your badges? »Who will design your badge brand design? »What systems or tools will you use to design your badge?
    28. 28. Open BadgesTools »Jisc Open Badges Design Sheet – due March 2014 »Mozilla BadgeKit – due March / April 2014 »DigitalMe Resources - http://www.digitalme.co.uk/badges »Issuing platforms include: › Wordpress › Moodle › Blackboard »Design platforms include: › Badgemaker - http://www.badgemakerproject.com/ › OpenBadge.me - https://www.openbadges.me/ RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 28 Some tools to help you get started
    29. 29. Further information »Jisc Regional Support Centre (RSC) Scotland pilot of Open Badges: rsc-scotland.org/?page_id=2223 »Mozilla’s Open Badges site - how to use the Open Badge Infrastructure to earn, issue and display Open Badges: http://openbadges.org »Open Badges in Scottish Education Group: bit.ly/obseg #OBSEG »Open Badges case studies: rsc-scotland.org/?tag=open- badges »Open Badges blog posts: rsc- scotland.org/eassessment/tag/open-badges/ RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 29
    30. 30. Questions? RSCtv - Open Badges 19/02/2014 30 From Flickr by Vito

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