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Grainne Hamilton, Jisc RSC Scotland

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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).
  • When an employer is receiving hundreds if not thousands of applications for a job, how do your students stand out from the crowd? What can help differentiate one student from another as having more pertinent skills, attributes or achievements for that position? We know employers are keen to know more about those additional skills or attributes, the so-called soft or additional skills that can help someone flourish in the workplace
    - How do we help employers see them?
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  • When an employer is receiving hundreds if not thousands of applications for a job, how do your students stand out from the crowd? What can help differentiate one student from another as having more pertinent skills, attributes or achievements for that position? We know employers are keen to know more about those additional skills or attributes, the so-called soft or additional skills that can help someone flourish in the workplace
    - How do we help employers see them?
  • 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).
  • When an employer is receiving hundreds if not thousands of applications for a job, how do your students stand out from the crowd? What can help differentiate one student from another as having more pertinent skills, attributes or achievements for that position? We know employers are keen to know more about those additional skills or attributes, the so-called soft or additional skills that can help someone flourish in the workplace
    - How do we help employers see them?
  • 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?
  • Mozilla have developed an open infrastructure which allows anyone to earn, issue and share digital credentials across the web.
  • 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 etc
    Digital badges with metadata baked in – these include criteria and can include evidence
    Align to a standard developed by an international community
    Underpinned by the Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) developed by Mozilla
    Provide 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.
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  • Staff at Borders College were given the opportunity to earn open badges by participating in CPD
    The HR dept in Borders College have now replaced all paper based certification with Open Badges
    Badge issuing done manually by e-learning team on receipt of email from HR dept
    Full support of HR department
    Removal of paper certificates
    All staff now have at least one Open Badge – spreads awareness
    Increase loyalty and attendance at CPD sessions
    Staff see value in CPD sessions. No longer just mandatory
    Links to HR systems and expiry dates
  • Awarding CPD Open Badges
    Gave recogniton to staff of CPD
    Able to keep an electronic record of their achievemnts
    Raised awarness about the potential of open badges amongst staff – increase in interest and acceptance of the potential of open badges across the curriculum
    College also saving time and money on printing and issuing of paper based certificates
  • Jisc RSC Scotland have 3 series of Open Badges:
    Digital Practitioner Series
    Digital Innovator Series – awarded for our iTech Case Study Contributors, Forum Contributors & Webinar Contributors
    Digital Leadership Series – awarded to those who engage with us on topics such as our Assessment Summit, Open Badges Design Days, OBSEG group

    Focus on Digital Practitioner Series
    We’ve been awarded badges in this series since 2012 for those who successfully complete our Learning Online courses.
  • 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. Grainne Hamilton Jisc RSC Scotland
    • 2. D14 Glasgow OpenThinking, Open Learning Grainne Hamilton @grainnehamilton http://grainnehamilton.com/
    • 3. Introductions Grainne Hamilton Education Consultant - RSC Scotland, Jisc - Discovery Project, Mozilla Twitter: @grainnehamilton Web: grainnehamilton.com D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 3
    • 4. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 4 –A challenge for prospective employees
    • 5. Standing out from the crowd D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 5 From Flickr by James Cridland •Demonstrating the right mix of skills and attributes for the job
    • 6. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 6 »A challenge for employers
    • 7. Choosing the right person from the crowd D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 7 From Flickr by James Cridland •Finding the person with the right mix of skills and attributes
    • 8. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 8 »A challenge for everyone
    • 9. Keeping up D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 9 Austin Marathon Runner by Charlie Llewellin CC BY-SA 20 from Flickr •Continuing to learn new skills as digital literacies develop
    • 10. A digital future D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 10 •The web is increasingly being used for: Communication Work Professional profiles Learning
    • 11. Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 11 •A digital accreditation infrastructure
    • 12. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 12 –Digital credentials – called Open Badges
    • 13. Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 13 •Information infused images From Flickr by dun-deagh
    • 14. Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 14 •Information infused digital images Image by Kyle Bowen
    • 15. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 15 –Assessments and identification of learning, attributes and competencies – An open infrastructure for issuing, managing and sharing the credentials
    • 16. Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 16 •Digital credentials earners can display online On: Professional profiles, e.g. LinkedIn / Blogs / Personal websites / Social media / e-Portfolios...
    • 17. Who are issuing badges? D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 17 •A range of companies and educational institutions
    • 18. What is in a badge? •Cycle through these to ensure appropriate badges, a flexible badge system and consistent badge brand D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 18 •Design considerations Key considerations include: »Badge systems design »Badge content design »Badge brand design
    • 19. Badge content design D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 19 •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?
    • 20. Badge system design D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 20 •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
    • 21. Badge brand design D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 21 •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?
    • 22. Mozilla Discovery Project D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 22 •Badge-based pathways to employment
    • 23. Employer pathways D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 23 •Pathway templates
    • 24. Employer pathways D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 24 •Pathway templates
    • 25. Employer pathways D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 25 •Pathway logic
    • 26. Employer pathways D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 26 •Using a pathway as an issuer– Create a pathway template that makes suggestions for particular jobs – Creates a clear statement about the employer’s needs – Provides opportunity to highlight badges linked to learning opportunities, eg Mozilla Web Literacy badges
    • 27. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 27 •Career trees Employer pathways
    • 28. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 28 •Using a pathway as an earner / prospective employee» Fill in pathways with badges » Tell their story » Set goals (unearned badges) » Plan a career » Copy pathways to explore options Earner / employee pathways
    • 29. Mozilla Discovery Tool D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 29 •Web based tool for discovering / completing pathways
    • 30. Connecting over Open Badges •The Open Badges in Scottish Education Group (OBSEG) is hosted by Jisc and performs an: – Overview and mapping function of Open BadgeD14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 30 •Open Badges in Scottish Education Group
    • 31. 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 D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 31 •Open Badges in Scottish Education Group
    • 32. Scottish Qualifications Authority –Will explore the adoption of Open Badges as part of the recognition for teachers and appointees through SQA Academy Courses –Will explore the possibilities that Open Badges offer inD14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 32 From Flickr by Doug Belshaw
    • 33. Borders College •Borders College has been 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 D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 33 •Improving motivation and enhancing employability
    • 34. Benefits of CPD Open Badges •Feedback from Head of HR and Development D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 34
    • 35. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 Jisc RSC Scotland •Issuing badges to: »Accredit the acquisition and application of digital skills »Recognise contribution to the learning of others »Reward the sharing of practice »Increase the learning of the sector »Motivate engagement with Jisc services Recognising digital skills development From Flickr by justus.thane 35
    • 36. Jisc RSC Scotland Digital Innovator • iTechs • Forums • Webinars Digital Leadership • OBSEG Members • Open Badges Design Day • Assessment Summit Digital Practitioner • Learning OnLine courses •Current Open Badge Series http://www.rsc-scotland.org/?page_id=3080D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 36
    • 37. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 37
    • 38. Learning OnLine Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 38 •Digital skills courses - completer badges
    • 39. Learning OnLine Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 39 •Digital skills courses - Influencer Badge
    • 40. Jisc RSC Scotland Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 •Digital Practitioner Series 40
    • 41. Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 41 •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.
    • 42. Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 42 •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.” • Tom Caira, Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board (Computing). University of the West of Scotland
    • 43. Opportunities provided by 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 – 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 education providers through endorsement of badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 43
    • 44. Further information – Mozilla Open Badges • http://openbadges.org – Mozilla Discovery Project • http://discover.openbadges.org/ – Jisc RSC Scotland Open Badges • http://www.rsc-scotland.org/?page_id=2223 – Open Badges case studies • rsc-scotland.org/?tag=open-badges – Open Badges blog posts • http://bit.ly/openbadgesposts – Open Badges in Scottish Education Group • http://bit.ly/obseg D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 44
    • 45. D14 Glasgow OpenThinking, Open Learning Grainne Hamilton @grainnehamilton http://grainnehamilton.com/

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