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Presentation for Jisc RSC Scotland Open Badges Design Day: To Badge and Beyond, which will introduce participants to tools to create, issue and display badges and support consideration of how to create badges worth earning.

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  • During the Open Badges Design Day event, we will be exploring allaspects of the Open Badge Infrastructure from how to create a badge worth earning, how to issue badges and display badges
  • 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.
  • 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. These images provide graphical data, which go beyond the visual and impart specific information to the viewer. Although an Open Badge contains metadata ‘baked’ into the image file, the visual design of the badge is important, as it will immediately impart information to the viewer.
  • So what is a badge?Online, visual representations of achievements, skills, attributes, learning, competencies, contributions etcDigital badges with metadata baked in – these include criteria and can include evidenceAlign to a standard developed by an international communityUnderpinned by the Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) developed by MozillaProvide 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
  • Earners store their badges in a badgepack. Currently there is one provided by Mozilla but as it is an open infrastructure, there is scope for other providers to create their own badge stores. 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.
  • Value. Particularly for learning providers, it will be important to ensure the badges have value to the earners receiving them, are not trivialised and do not lead to ‘badge apathy’. Also worth considering is the value to the issuer, for example using badges to help motivate learning, promote certain attributes and behaviours.  Issuers are likely to consider what will really be valued by earners and in what contexts? Will the context determine the value of a badge? Will some badges be valued at certain stages of a learners journey and not others? How will this affect what and when you issue certain badges?
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  • Considerations include how to ensure fairness and consistency when issuing badges, who you would and who you wouldn’t give a particular badge to and in what contexts, how you will demonstrate badge pathways or levels of badges etc.Consistency. Most people have a strong sense of fairness. If the same badges are issued for varying levels of input or work, this could undermine the value of a badge or badge system for some earners. Considerations to bear in mind when developing badge systems include developing arecognisable badge brand, which is likely to require some kind of consistency in the visuals used for the badges, consistency of application and issuing and consistency in terms of leveling ie not issuing the same badge for different levels of achievement or suggesting parity via the badge image if the level or amount of work that has gone into it is different.Rigour. The value of a badge or badge system will also be created through the rigour and attention to detail of how the assessments or the criteria for awarding the badges are applied. This might be through using an agreed set of matrices for awarding badges and ensuring these are applied consistently or ensuring peer awarded badges are voted for by those with comparable skill and ability to determine the quality of the submission for a badge.  
  • These kinds of considerations are just some of the areas being explored by the Open Badges in Scottish Education Group. This group is facilitated by the Jisc RSC Scotland and includes members from schools, further and higher education institutions, educational agencies including the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Education Scotland, professional bodies, employer bodies, student groups,national and local government and Open Badge projects such as DigitalMe’s Badge the UK, We Are Snook’s Badgemaker and Mozilla.
  • The group is considering a range of topics relating to the development of valuable badge systems, such as employer engagement and what employers would like to see in Open Badges, how they will understand the value of a badges, whether or not to link to professional standards and in what contexts, modes of assessment, badge pathways and processes, discoverability of badges and so on.
  • 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, 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. 1. From Flickr by Kris Williams Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! Grainne Hamilton, Jisc RSC Scotland
    2. 2. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 Open Badges A digital accreditation infrastructure 2
    3. 3. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 »Open Badge Infrastructure: ›An open infrastructure for issuing, managing and sharing digital credentials / Open Badges 3
    4. 4. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 »Digital credentials – Open Badges 4
    5. 5. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 5 Open Badges Information infused images From Flickr by dun-deagh
    6. 6. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 6 Open Badges Information infused digital images Image by Kyle Bowen
    7. 7. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 Open Badges Digital credentials earners can display online On: Professional profiles, e.g. LinkedIn / Blogs / Personal websites / Social media / e-Portfolios... 7
    8. 8. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 »What will make a badge worth earning? 8
    9. 9. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 »Value to the earner 9
    10. 10. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 »What will create value in a badge system? 10
    11. 11. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 »Consistency and rigour in the application of assessments, challenges and means of identifying learning, attributes and competencies 11
    12. 12. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 12 Connecting over Open Badges Open Badges in Scottish Education Group The Open Badges in Scottish Education Group (OBSEG) is hosted by Jisc and performs an: » Overview and mapping function of Open Badge developments in Scottish education » Oversees a number of sub-groups » Provides a forum for discussion and the formation of connections Image by We Are Snook
    13. 13. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 13 Open Badges areas of interest Open Badges in Scottish Education Group The Open Badges in Scottish Education Group (OBSEG) hosts the following sub-groups: » Learner Progress » Staff Development » Technology and Design Image by We Are Snook
    14. 14. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 14 Future developments What might a future with Open Badges hold? » Interest-based learning pathways » Open assessments » Asynchronous assessment (eg in MOOCs) » Contribution to a community (eg surfaced via data analytics) » Increased engagement with employers From Flickr by Mrs. Gemstone
    15. 15. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 Open Badges 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. 15
    16. 16. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 Open Badges 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 16
    17. 17. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 Further information Jisc support » Find out more about the Jisc Regional Support Centre (RSC) Scotland pilot of Open Badges. rsc-scotland.org/?page_id=2223 » Access Mozilla’s Open Badges site to find out how to use the Open Badge Infrastructure to earn, issue and display Open Badges. http://openbadges.org » Open Badges in Scottish Education Group. bit.ly/obseg » Open Badges case studies. rsc-scotland.org/?tag=open-badges » Open Badges blog posts. rsc-scotland.org/eassessment/tag/openbadges/ » You can contact your local Jisc Regional Support Centre for further information: jisc.ac.uk/rsc Email: rscsupport@jisc.ac.uk 17
    18. 18. Open Badges: Creating, Issuing and Displaying Badges Worth Earning! 10/12/2013 18 Questions? From Flickr by Kris Williams

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