Mozilla Open Badges and Digital Inclusion

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Mozilla Open Badges are an online tool to award skills and here at the Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde we practise Digital Inclusion.

Short slide in the series about our Mozilla Open Badges development.

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  • Open badges are…An open technical standard – meaning any organisation can create, issue and verify them, and any individual can earn, manage and display them across the web.A way of building a picture of your learning throughout life.Full of information – who issued them, what for and when.Totally sharable – users can take them anywhere on the web, showing them off to prospective employers and celebrating achievements with friends.
  • I think the thing that excites me the most about Open Badges are the endless possibilities which they present. Everything from recognising people’s learning and achievements in volunteering to opportunities for schools, colleges and universities to move their accreditation to a secure digital platform.There is a whole world out there waiting to be badges – so lets do it!
  • Mozilla Open Badges and Digital Inclusion

    1. 1. The Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Open Badges Training Author: Patrick McGee ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 1
    2. 2. Overview of the Do a Bit Project The Do a bit project has been developed to create entry-level or bite-sized volunteering opportunities in the Blackpool area. Open badges has been chosen as an invaluable tool that allows the Volunteer Centre and Volunteer Involving Organisation (VIO’s) to recognise and reward their Volunteers. The Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde was selected to receive financial support from the £10m Innovation in Giving fund, run by NESTA and funded by the Cabinet Office. ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 2
    3. 3. The Open Badges Team Patrick McGee – Do a Bit Project Officer ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 3
    4. 4. The Mozilla Foundation Mission: “To promote openness, innovation & opportunity on the Web.” Products include: Firefox web browser  Persona sign in  Thunderbird email client  Much more... including Open Badges  ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 4
    5. 5. Key concepts of Open Badges Open Badges are... • An open technical standard – meaning any organisation can create, issue and verify them, and any individual can earn, manage and display them across the web. • A way of building a picture of your learning throughout life. • Full of information – who issued them, what for and when. • Totally sharable – users can take them anywhere on the web, showing them off to prospective employers and celebrating achievements with friends. ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 5
    6. 6. Visual description of a Open Badge Organisations issue badges People earn badges and share them Badges unlock new opportunities ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 6
    7. 7. The Problem! But Mozilla Open Badges are a digital tool! ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 7
    8. 8. Digital Inclusion ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 8
    9. 9. What is digital inclusion? Digital inclusion is the practise to show the benefits of being part of a digital world. In the Uk around 18% of adults not online and a large proportion do not have basic digital skills. ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 9
    10. 10. The solution The solution the Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde is using to encourage digital participation with Mozilla Open Badges is to also provide printed versions ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 10
    11. 11. The Process Step 1: Issue the Digital Open Badge online Step 2: Transfer the information into the Open Badges area of the Volunteer Passport ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 11
    12. 12. The Benefits Encourages participation Demonstrates digital inclusion Provides offline and online records of awards ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 12
    13. 13. The Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Mozilla Open Badges System ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 13
    14. 14. How we badged the Volunteer Centre Mandy Russell designed our badges and created them within a few days! The Open Badges the Volunteer centre currently have are: Photographer Time-keeping Data input Volunteer Co-ordinator Word (junior, expert & specialist) Fundraising Excel (junior, expert & specialist) Cleaning V-base (junior, expert & specialist) Customer care Worst coffee buyer Telephone skills With more being developed daily……..  ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 14
    15. 15. The possibilities The exciting thing about Open Badges are the possibilities! ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 15
    16. 16. Confirmed Dates & Locations Next Events VIO Training 17th October 9.30am - Central Library, Blackpool 31st October 9.30am - City Learning Centre, Blackpool 14th November 9.30am - City Learning Centre, Blackpool Volunteer Sessions 5th November - Solaris Centre, Blackpool 27th November - City Learning Centre, Blackpool 30th November - Solaris Centre, Blackpool ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 16
    17. 17. End Thanks for reading to our presentation Open invitation to attend the sessions. So please visit and you may receive your own Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Open Badge ©The Volunteer centre Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde 17

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