Open Badges Open Doors - Digital Workshop

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Meggie Wright, Oregon State University
Nate Otto, Indiana University

The Mozilla Foundation’s Open Badges are a new technology that makes it possible for anyone to issue, earn, and display proof of an educational achievement. Open Badges are digital tokens, like merit badges you might receive in the real world. They can be displayed on websites, job sites, and social media. Badges can be used to tell a clear, verifiable story about learning accomplishments, something that degrees and resumes often fail to do. Badges are shaking up education wherever and whenever learning happens, including in libraries. In this digital workshop, find out how badges work, set up a “backpack,” earn your first badge, and think about how this technology may impact our institutions’ roles in the learning ecosystem.

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  • …This is hard to explain sometimes.
  • This is hard to explain sometimes…
  • Here’s a badge I’ve earned that I have displayed in my badge collection.
  • Use this diagram to explain how the the badge (which means “___ can operate a web browser with celerity”) moves through the ecosystem.
  • Digging deep into evidence
  • YALSA, a division of the ALA focusing on young adult services
  • The goal of YALSA’s badge system is to issue badges to librarians and library workers to recognize developing competencies that they’ll use in serving young adults.
  • {read quote} Ok, so YALSA’s badges recognize what librarians and library workers learn on the job about serving youth. This covers people who have received their library degree as well as non-librarians.
  • YALSA had a pre-existing framework of competencies they felt Youth librarians should develop.
  • Often these skills are developed once librarians have gotten a job serving young adults.
  • YALSA had these 7, planning to issue a badge as library workers demonstrated each competency.
  • They’re starting with these three, {list} and then expanding the system to the full 7 once it gets going
  • For each of the competencies, they already had defined outcomes they wanted librarians to demonstrate, like this badge for “Communication, Outreach & Marketing”. When YALSA issues this badge, they’re making a claim that the earner can perform these skills on the job. These are specific things, what a lot of people in the badging community call granular skills, in contrast to big credentials like degrees that recognize many skills and experiences at once.
  • Fill in who are the players in this diagram.Badge issuer = YALSA, national professional organizationBadge earner = librarians and library workers serving young adultsAudience = ?????
  • Fill in who are the players in this diagram.Badge issuer = YALSA, national professional organizationBadge earner = librarians and library workers serving young adultsAudience = ?????
  • This is what YALSA had to say about it: {quote}
  • The goal of YALSA’s badge system is to issue badges to librarians and library workers to recognize developing competencies that they’ll use in serving young adults.
  • I see this as being very relevant to libraries, as much as what libraries do is helping others learn outside of the sphere of formal education.
  • Telling a more complex, nuanced story about a person’s learning. Compared to traditional degrees, which is a slip of paper, maybe a transcript. Badges include proof of specific achievements, often linked to the evidence of that achievement. You don’t usually get that with a traditional bachelor’s degree.
  • You can pick and choose which badges to display to tell the story that you want to tell, just as you might tailor your resume to different job positions. Badges can also be used in different online contexts: online resume, portfolio, blog, etc.
  • What could you say about the librarians who planned this event?What would
  • LibrarianJessamyn West uploaded this one. People teaching and learning computer skills in the library. The man on the right learned how to organize and reply to email. The woman on the left learned how to save and reopen text documents. Who might earn a badge here?
  • Open Badges Open Doors - Digital Workshop

    1. 1. Open Badges Open Doors Digital workshop session Online Northwest Conference Snowstorm Edition March 2014
    2. 2. Open Badges Open Doors Nate Otto Meggie Wright Project Coordinator Design Principles Documentation Project Indiana University Reference Librarian Oregon State University
    3. 3. The goal for this session: “Less Yack, More Hack” Mozilla Foundation’s MozFest Slogan
    4. 4. Design Principles Documentation Project Here’s what Nate’s working on
    5. 5. Design Principles Documentation Project Daniel Hickey Principal Investigator Nate Otto Rebecca Itow Andi Rehak KaterinaSc henke Cathy Tran Christine Chow
    6. 6. Design Principles Documentation Project Out Now: January Interim Report Goal: To find out how organizations are using digital badges in learning programs.
    7. 7. Design Principles Documentation Project Four functions of digital badge systems The DPD Project is studying how 30 badge initiatives designed and implemented practices to fulfill these functions in their badge systems. • Recognizing Learning • Assessing Learning • Motivating Learning • Studying Learning
    8. 8. WHAT ARE OPEN BADGES?
    9. 9. This is hard to explain sometimes… WHAT ARE OPEN BADGES?
    10. 10. Steve Cody - @scody311
    11. 11. “A badge is an image… with stuff in it.” Sheryl Grant, HASTAC
    12. 12. Web Navigator Badge - Hackasaurus
    13. 13. “Stuff” = “Credentials of learning or accomplishment." Prof. Dan Hickey, Design Principles Documentation Project
    14. 14. Open Badges can contain: • Specific claims about learning or accomplishment • Links to supporting evidence
    15. 15. How does this…
    16. 16. Web Navigator Badge - Hackasaurus
    17. 17. Mean this…?
    18. 18. “Meggie Wright can operate a Web browser with celerity.”
    19. 19. Metadata!
    20. 20. Badges have metadata that contains all this information: CC-BY-SA Kyle Bowen
    21. 21. Here’s an example.
    22. 22. Badge earners can show their badges to interested parties (parents, friends, potential employers).
    23. 23. Interested parties can verify that the badges are real.
    24. 24. Interested parties can view relevant evidence and artifacts through links in a badge’s metadata.
    25. 25. “A digital badge is an online representation of a skill you’ve earned… [that] allows you to verify your skills, interests and achievements through credible organizations.” Here’s another definition Mozilla Foundation - About Open Badges
    26. 26. Credible organizations: • Academic institutions • Youth organizations • Standardized test issuers • Professional organizations • Libraries!
    27. 27. Once you’ve earned a badge, how do you show it off?
    28. 28. The Open Badges Backpack The “backpack” is a web application that helps earners organize and share their badges.
    29. 29. Collect, Organize and Share
    30. 30. Collect, Organize and Share The backpack knows that there is metadata embedded in the badges… Let’s look at this badge for aquaponics “water basics”
    31. 31. Collect, Organize and Share It helps show viewers what the badges mean.
    32. 32. Okay, let’s get backpacks! CC-BY neural squirrel
    33. 33. Okay, let’s get backpacks! To participate, sign up for a backpack at http://backpack.openbadges.org
    34. 34. How are badges being used in the library discipline? A case study Nate is working on with the DPD Project
    35. 35. Badges to recognize librarians’ skills YALSA
    36. 36. 2012-present • YALSA won a grant to develop a badge system through the Digital Media & Learning Competition • Launching this winter
    37. 37. Forthcoming Case Study…
    38. 38. Communication, Outreach and Marketing badge YALSA issues badges to recognize professional competencies
    39. 39. The badge system will enable librarians and library workers to “gain recognition for the new competencies, capacities and skills they are developing in a nontraditional setting” YALSA grant proposal to the DML Competition
    40. 40. YALSA Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Leadership and Professionalism Communication, Outreach and Marketing Knowledge of Client Group Administration YALSA had Knowledge of Materials previously defined 7 competencies Access to Information they think are necessary for Services serving youth.
    41. 41. “The competencies outline the skills and knowledge teen services librarians need to have in order to provide excellent service to this unique age group.” YALSA grant proposal to the DML Competition
    42. 42. YALSA Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Leadership and Professionalism Communication, Outreach and Marketing Knowledge of Client Group Administration They plan to Knowledge of Materials create a badge for each competency. Access to Information Services
    43. 43. YALSA Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Leadership and Professionalism Communication, Outreach and Marketing Knowledge of Client Group Administration Knowledge of Materials …starting with Access to Information these three Services
    44. 44. This is the badge for “Communication, outreach & Marketing” And the outcomes it represents. Communicator Badge Outcomes • Effectively use social media and mobile technologies in order to advocate for the age group • Effectively use social media and mobile technologies to inform teens about what a library has to offer • Understand how to select the best technology tool in order to successfully get a message out to a specific audience and for a specific purpose. • Use a variety of tools to identify the needs and interests of underserved teens
    45. 45. Who fills each role at YALSA?
    46. 46. YALSA, national organization Youth librarians & library workers Who fills each role at YALSA? ????
    47. 47. What will YALSA badge earners do with their badges? Who will they show?
    48. 48. “Badge earners can be innovative in how they use the badges:" Sarah Flowers, YALSA President 2011-12
    49. 49. "...in virtual resumes or portfolios..." Sarah Flowers, YALSA President 2011-12
    50. 50. "...in their yearly employee evaluation or goal-setting process..." Sarah Flowers, YALSA President 2011-12
    51. 51. "...on web pages or blogs..." Sarah Flowers, YALSA President 2011-12
    52. 52. "...or in some other way that showcases the work they’ve done.” Sarah Flowers, YALSA President 2011-12
    53. 53. What are some benefits of using badges? How do they relate to libraries?
    54. 54. Badges let you recognize skills learned outside of your formal schooling. At YALSA, librarians earn badges for competencies through informal continuing education and on-the-job experience.
    55. 55. Badges let you recognize micro-level skills and achievements. With badges, skill and achievement recognition can be more in-depth, complex, and nuanced than traditional methods like degrees and transcripts.
    56. 56. Badges let learners show off each achievement in the right context. Earners can pick and choose which badges to display to tell the story thattheywant to tell, just as one might tailor a resume to different job positions.
    57. 57. “Enough Yack, Let’s Hack!” Meggie and Nate
    58. 58. Time toearn a badge!
    59. 59. http://bit.ly/hackasaurus
    60. 60. Let’s get that in the backpack!
    61. 61. “You can operate a Web browser with celerity.”
    62. 62. Where and how could badges fit in libraries? emdot (cc-by-nc-sa)
    63. 63. Badges let you recognize skills learned outside of your formal schooling. Badges let you recognize micro-level skills and achievements. Badges let learners show off each achievement in the right context.
    64. 64. What skills do library workers learn on the job at your institution?
    65. 65. Knowledge of Materials What could you claim about the librarian who put together this display? Newton Free Library (cc-by-nc-nd)
    66. 66. What skills or accomplishments do users gain at the library?
    67. 67. What badges could you imagine here? ACPL (cc-by-nc-nd)
    68. 68. Is your library doing work that goes unrecognized? Could issuing badges help?
    69. 69. A librarian helping teach computer skills Who might earn a badge here? Jessamyn West (cc-by-nc-sa)
    70. 70. Hungry for more? Want to get involved? RESOURCES
    71. 71. Weekly conference calls http://bit.ly/OpenBadgesCommunityCalls
    72. 72. Active discussion community http://bit.ly/badgesgroup
    73. 73. Technical Documentation
    74. 74. Visual design tools Badge Studio
    75. 75. Lightweight issuing platforms
    76. 76. Someone to ask questions
    77. 77. Someone to ask questions
    78. 78. Someone to ask questions
    79. 79. Design Principles Documentation Project Out Now: January Interim Report http://iudpd.indiana.edu/JanuaryReport
    80. 80. Design Principles Documentation Project Out Now: Design Principles Card Deck http://iudpd.indiana.edu/CardDeck
    81. 81. Thank you for viewing Open Badges Open Doors!
    82. 82. What do you think? Let us know! Thomas Hawk (cc-by-nc)
    83. 83. Nate Otto Meggie Wright Project Coordinator Design Principles Documentation Project Indiana University Reference Librarian Oregon State University @ottonomy @MeggieWright

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