C2: Digital Badges: Future Technologies and Their Applications
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Slides for a 1-day workshop on "Future Technologies and Their Applications" facilitated by Brian Kelly and Tony Hirst at the ILI 2013 conference on Monday 14 October 2013. ...

Slides for a 1-day workshop on "Future Technologies and Their Applications" facilitated by Brian Kelly and Tony Hirst at the ILI 2013 conference on Monday 14 October 2013.

See http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/events/ili-2013-workshop/
See http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/events/ili-2013-workshop/

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  • 1. Future Technologies and Their Applications A one-day workshop at ILI 2013 facilitated by Brian Kelly and Tony Hirst Twitter hashtag: #ili2013fut Available under a Creative Commons (CC-BY licence) 1 C2: Technology Trends: Digital Badges
  • 2. What Are (Digital) Badges? Digital badges: • A validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest that can be earned in various learning environments. They aim to provide: • Motivation to Participate: they offer a new pathway of lifelong learning separate from traditional, formalised academic pathways. • Motivation to Collaborate: they promote active, engaged involvement. • Recognition and Assessment: badges can recognize quality or demonstrate community approval • Alternative Credentials: may be a potential challenger to the dominant paradigm of diplomas in higher education 2 See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_badges
  • 3. Evidence of their Significance We are now seeing: • Events on badges e.g. Online Conference 2013 on MOOCs, badges and OER • MOOCS on badges e.g. Badges as New Currency for Credentials • Global organisations overseeing developments of badges infrastructure i.e. Openbadges.org 3
  • 4. A Sceptical Perspective After initial participation in the Hyperlinked Library MOOC I had received badges for: • Asking someone to be a friend • Accepting a friendship request • Deleting a private message • Writing 5 blog posts • Comments on 5 blog posts (“I agree”) • Receiving 5 badges 4 Some concerns: • Are badges trivial • Are they just for kids? • Will kids care? My GetGlue badge – a social sharing TV app (motivates watching TV!) See “Initial Reflections on The Hyperlinked Library MOOC & the Badges I Have Acquired”
  • 5. Thoughts If you wish to convince others of the importance of new technologies: • Be prepared to hear criticisms and concerns (both legitimate and unlikely concerns) • Try to address the concerns 5 For example see post on “Assignment 2: Emerging Technology Planning” on Hyperlinked Library MOOC blog which illustrates how I intend to evaluate the potential of badges whilst addressing concerns I’ve raised through use of a risk assessment approach.
  • 6. Questions Any questions? 6