Behind that simple statement, the infrastructure to support issuing, validating and display. A process, if they are to have weight and authority.
Thanks to Erin Knight http://erinknight.com/
Slashdot karma and other precursorsOn and offline
http://dmlcompetition.net/competition/4/badges-competition-cfp.php supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationIncludes 4-H, many others – searchable at http://hastac.org/competitions/find?title=&cohort=101307&term_node_tid_depth=All&term_node_tid_depth_1=
http://www.extension.org/pages/63055/extension-helps-win-funding-for-4-h-robotics-digital-badgesThe 4-H National Headquarters/USDA partnering with eXtension,org, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Auburn University was one of 30 winners announced March 1 in The Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition in San Francisco. A 4-H robotics badges proposal received $150,000 in funding. The competition began with about 500 proposals. Ninety one were selected to present information to panels of judges. Thirty projects were awarded grants ranging from $25,000 to $175,000.
See : http://carlacasilli.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/badge-system-design-what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-validity/
If we’re successful, the benefits to learners will be tremendous. Open Badges will let you gather badges from any site on the internet, combining them into a story about what you know and what you’ve achieved. There is a real chance to create learning that works more like the web.Also, this sort of badge collection may eventually become a central part of online reputation, helping you get a job, find collaborators and build prestige. This is another reason Mozilla wants to build an open badge format: it can show the real potential of open identity tools on the web.What is the Open Badge Infrastructure?The Mozilla Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) is the core underlying technical scaffolding for the badge ecosystem that supports a multitude of issuers conferring badges into the ecosystem, and many displayers or earners using badges to share their competencies and achievements.Any given learner/badge earner can earn badges across many issuers, collect them in one place tied to their identity, and then share them with various websites and audiences including career sites, social networks or personal portfolios.What does the Open Badge Infrastructure do?The badge infrastructure:supports the issuing, collection, and display of badgesallows earners to tie badges to their identity, and carry their badges with them wherever they godisplays their badges to the audiences they care about—peers, employers, or other institutionsallows earners to group, sort and manage their badges, and set privacy controlsis open and decentralized, to support badges from multiple sourcesenables display across multiple siteshttp://openbadges.org/en-US/faq.html#obiThe specification –how it works:The specification found here defines the information, or metadata, that must be included in a badge for it to be considered OBI-compliant. Each Open Badge carries all the information needed to understand that badge as it is transferred throughout the ecosystem. This includes how it was earned, where it was earned, who earned it, if and when it expires, etc. The specification ensures that badges are interoperable with other Open Badges and Badge Backpacks. The Open Badges metadata specification is available under a set of open licenses. ----- http://openbadges.org/en-US/legal_faq.html
Modified image from @dajbelshaw and mozilla foundationProbably wont talk about all the bits behind this – baking, assertions, etc….
A “badge” is a digital symbol of recognition that complies with the Open Badge specification. Badges are useful in representing many things such as experiences, achievements, skills, competencies, learning, associations, community involvement, peer interaction, etc.In the Open Badges ecosystem, badges include an image and a set of metadata that explains the badge and the evidence behind it. The result is that each badge carries all the information needed to understand and value the badge with it as it is exchanged or shared across the ecosystem. All badges initially default to private.
Real world, virtual, peers too
Recent winner of funding competitionby The Mozilla Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and HASTAC in the “Badges for Life Long Learning Competition“ platform division. The project is managed by Totara Learning Solutions of New Zealand, this is their project summary:Moodle is an open source online training and course management system. Mahara provides open source eportfolios. They propose to focus on an open source infrastructure for broad-based usage. This partnership will allow Moodle to extend their current work, enabling badges and permit Mahara to add badges to their Gradebook resulting in a deeply representative electronic portfolio. To achieve this, we will develop the long-awaited repository API to demonstrate badge display in Moodle from an external repository source.
http://erinknight.com/ borrowed unashamedly from erin knight, including the skyrim constellation- good chance to talk skyrimobessions for a moment.
https://webmaker.org/en-US/Mozilla Webmaker wants to help you make something amazing with the web. We’ve got new tools for you to use, projects to help you get started, and a global community of creators — educators, filmmakers, journalists, developers, youth — all making and learning together.The goal:help millions of people move from using the web to making the web. As part of Mozilla’s non-profit mission, we want to help the world increase their understanding of the web, take greater control of their online lives, and create a more web literate planet.
Webmaker Badges to recognize the skills that you learn while making awesome webmaking projects, as well as for participating in the Webmaker community and events.Stealthy or automatic
Building upon each other and leading to cumulative badges, integrating different types of badges.http://chloeatplay.tumblr.com/post/29356744058/we-are-all-made-of-stars-designing-constellations-forhttp://jessicaklein.blogspot.gr/2012/08/badges-assessment-and-webmaker.html
Show me your badges
Show me yourbadgesPaul Treadwell @ptreadwell November 2012
badges = visual representations of a skill or achievement
• Badges offer an alternative method to validate and accredit knowledge gained in non traditional contexts• Badges can have granularity • Rewarding incremental skills growth with ‘mini’ badges • Cumulative badges can aggregate (and represent) major learning achievements and objectives• Badges represent knowledge gains that are certifiable • Each badge carries data about the learning • Each badge carries information about the issuer Why should we care?
Increasingly, badges are appearing on the web to indicate (or validate) achievements
• Interest in badges is growing• The diversity of badge issuers is increasing• Without an open specification, and standard, evaluating badges becomes problematic • Think of it in terms of operating systems – a windows app may not run on a mac • How can I, as an evaluator, be sure that your badges are consistent in evaluation and value? • Validity • Credibility • Reliability Trust, standards and openness
Establishing a valid infrastructure for badgesMOZILLA OPEN BADGE INITIATIVE
Open to scrutiny – open badges• an open specification and APIs that provide any organization the basic building blocks they need to offer badges in a standard, interoperable manner.
The three participants in an open badge systemThe badge infrastructure supports participation in the system by Issuers, Earners (or Learners) and Displayers.
Anatomy of an open badgeMetadata attached to a badge insures a reliable chain of trust by linking to evidence of learning, issuer and contact information.
Badges are collected from a variety of issuers Badges can represent achievements, learning, skills development, interests andcompetencies garnered on or off-line. Badges could visually represent lifelong learning.
Once a badge is issued it is collected in a backpack.The badge backpack can then feed a variety of display sites, allowing learners to present their achievements in a variety of contexts.
Moodle & Mahara• Work is underway to develop the infrastructure to allow Moodle to issue badges and Mahara to display them.
An example From Mozilla WebmakerBADGE ASTRONOMY
Building digital literaciesMozilla funded project to develop tools, projects and communities that can “make” the web.
Webmaker badgesMini, cumulative and peer badges.
• Badges have the potential to represent, validate and integrate, diverse and varied learning pathways. • This would require a fairly major shift in worldview for many players in the world of formal education • Issues of authority and control • Issues of profit • I am skeptical that this will happen• But….let’s talk about it. Taking badges seriously A few questions and concerns
• The Mozilla blog • https://blog.mozilla.org/ • Erin Knight • http://erinknight.com/ • Doug Belshaw • http://dougbelshaw.com/blog/ • Jess Klein • http://jessicaklein.blogspot.gr/ • Chloe Varelidi • http://chloeatplay.tumblr.com/post/29356744058/we-are-all-made- of-stars-designing-constellations-for • Carla Casilli • http://carlacasilli.wordpress.com/Resources (or who I borrowed from to make this presentation) Thanks to all for generous sharing.
Contact• Paul Treadwell • email@example.com • Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org • @ptreadwell • http://www.paultreadwell.com• My diigo badges bookmarks list • http://www.diigo.com/list/ptreadwell/badges