SUMMIT TO
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LEARNING
SILICON VALLEY, FEBRUARY 12-13, 2014

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Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning
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Director of Education at the MacArthur Foundation, Connie Yowell's presentation at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning on February 12, 2014 at NestGSV in Silicon Valley. Yowell discusses transformations in learning and education and the possibilities afforded by Open Badges.

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  • Good morning – welcome
  • I think the text is good – 2 major problems – economic gap
  • Complex problems
  • We’ve learned a few things from our grant making – one is that no single institution, program, can address these two problems
  • The other that we have learned, is that learning must be relevant if its to engage young people
  • If we want to redesign learning experiences for the 21st century – that are relevant for the young person; connect to identity; and embed the basic and 21st century skills that learners need to be able to operate in complex and changing world – Three spheres of their lives need to be brought together – or connected
  • Peer group – peers who share that interest
  • Their interests – what the learner is most interested or passionate about getting better at
  • And then that interest and peer group need to be connected to a payoff in the real world – academic, career or civic involvement --
  • When you bring these three worlds together – you have what we have begun to call connected learning. And when you bring them together in a way that takes advantage of the affordances of digital media --- That is the learning experience is about making (production oriented); the social or peer engagement is about bringing together peers who are trying to get better at the same thing (its not about peers who are the same age); and that as they making in ways that are solve real world problems or challenges – these both have academic relevance but are shared over open networks and receive feedback from a broad community and connect to the broader world. NAT== SHARED PURPOSE GOES UNDER PEER CULTURE OPEN NETWORKED GOES WITH ACADEMIC
  • I like this slide Content is still extremely important – but where we as educators so often make a mistake in how we design learning experiences and design ed tech – is that we still seem think that the end goal is getting the learning to consume the content that is in these books – whether its online in a video or in a book. Putting this content online is not the educational innovation of the 21st century. I have to tell you –.
  • Here is what we know from all our research – meaningful learning is learning – content then becomes the context for participation in this experience. Its not the end point – its what is learned along the way– as part of the experience.
  • From this perspective – learning is lifestyle – that is connected to the learners identity.
  • What I will say here: We have some examples of connected learning experiences happening – in libraries YOUmedia; Digital Youth Network. In cities – Hive Learning Networks; In schools – Linked Learning and Deeper Learning; green dot schools … doing just extraordinary work that we all need to support But again, what we have learned from our research – is that the world’s of young people are highly highly fragmented. Their interests and the opportunity to get better at those interests with a peer group, and to connect that to academics and the real world – almost never happen.
  • When you bring these three worlds together – you have what we have begun to call connected learning. And when you bring them together in a way that takes advantage of the affordances of digital media --- That is the learning experience is about making (production oriented); the social or peer engagement is about bringing together peers who are trying to get better at the same thing (its not about peers who are the same age); and that as they making in ways that are solve real world problems or challenges – these both have academic relevance but are shared over open networks and receive feedback from a broad community and connect to the broader world. NAT== SHARED PURPOSE GOES UNDER PEER CULTURE OPEN NETWORKED GOES WITH ACADEMIC
  • What our innovation gurus tell us – from Clayton Christianson on – is that once you have your vision and have built exemplars on the edge or outside the system of what the future can and should look like. Which many – like IMLS, ASTC, National Writing Project, Urban Library Council, Mozilla, Digital Youth Network, City of Chicago, Philadelphia, and others have been doing that with libraries and museum, and afterschool programs. Other funders have been doing that with some in school or charter schools. Its important to create the means for hybrids and for others to participate. What we would argue is to build the learning ecosystem of the 21st century – we need connectors that enable the extraordinary resources that already exist to begin to connect – and in doing so, become hybrid models of connected learning.
  • Badges are critical critical critical connectors in the new learning ecosystem of the 21st century. Let me tell you a little bit about what I mean by this
  • Nat – this next set of slides are about the design elements of badges: Make all learning visibleAre granular and flexible, and can highlight making and creating (which means they can connect to the work world) – not sure which piece I want to highlight on the screen and which is better just to sayOpen standardReputation and IdentityPathwaysFirst – in a 21st learning ecosystem – its time to recognize that learning happens anywhere, anytime. We all know that – but because of the tyranny of schools as the sole source of learning – only learning that happens in schools “counts”. Badges can enable learning that happens anywhere to “count” – a learning ecosystem that is relevant for all learners – can’t happen without this.
  • Second – there are a whole set of skills, dispositions and capacities that we have not made visible that we now have the ability to make visible – through badges That can align both with kids interests and with the world of work – these are often the skills and capacities necessary for the complex problems the next generation will face. Including collaboration, critical thinking, systems thinking, design, More production oriented
  • Badges have an open standard. I can not over emphasize the importance of this and I want to thank our colleagues at Mozilla for this innovation. It is this open standard that really aligns badges with connected learning – and with a vision for a 21st century learning ecosystem. -- owned by the learner-- carries data with it -- modifiable-- moves across networks-- interoperable -- all the structures necessary for a connected learning ecosystem that can is verifiable, credible, grows with the community, but is personalizable in the sense that the learner controls it – remember, learning is about identity and reputation in the 21st century. Its not institutional
  • Once we have all these key elements in place for badges that are consistent with designing for connected learningthen we focus on the most important aspect of badges – they are a critical element in creating learning pathways. At the end of the day –if we are to address the economic opportunity gap – which is one of the core goals of connected learning – we fundamentally have to create more pathways for more more learners to opportunities of success. One of the core questions we – as a community – need to be thinking about – are what are the pathways we want to be sure to embed and enable through the learning ecosystems we are designing? Let me give you just 2 examples – and then I want to say something about pathways in general
  • NAT – however you want to title this Whenever I present on connected learning – I always always get the same question from teachers and parents – my kid(s) have no idea what they are interested in – this model assumes a passionEvidence-based approach to learning – why peers are so incredibly important / pop culture
  • NAT – THIS COULD ALSO BE A PICTURE OF A MAKER FAIRE WITH A PARTICIPATION BADGE IN SOMETHING Youth then go with their friends to tinker and play. Middle school – Participation badges – (redefine personalized learning) – Why does it matter – its not gamification – its not a sticker – its opening up a pathway – its saying – because badges can hold information and open up worlds and connect for the learner things that don’t know that may be connected to their identity – to what they care about.
  • NAT: this slide needs to say something about GEEKING OUTSo they go to a maker faire – they taste things – they participate – because learning in the 21st century is about participating and making. -- I really like that – I stayed long enough – I tinkered and played – would be interesting to do that a little more – and I did that with a friend. I get a badge for participating – and you know what that badge does – it recommends to me another badge I could earn and that badge tells me where I can earn it – either online or somewhere .. And then and then I join a program where I can geek out. These aren’t strict linear pathways – these aren’t scope and sequence pathways. these are flexible wandering experiences that youth land on – we need an infrastructure that is flexible enough to support such wandering. Badges enable that flexibility. Wait to you hear about badgekitAn issue in our current learning ecosystem – we don’t have tinkering and tasting opportunities for our youth – especially where they can do it with their peer group – that’s why Maker Faires are so incredibly important. That’s what our youmedia and learning labs – libraries and museums are doing. These experiences are fantastic as stand alones – but they don’t represent the full learning ecosystem – nor do they need to. But with a connected learning infrastructure – with badges – they can help youth and adults connect to their interests and passions and follow them to additional experiences. -- and of course, what they learn through these experiences can be made visible
  • Second kind of pathway is the kind that connects in and out of school learning. But not just in any way. Lets talk about this a little bit.
  • Here’s the thing about out of school experiences. They really fit connected learning --- they are the geeking out – where learners often go deep into their interests or passions – where they make and create. Could be a robot, a solar car, a documentary, a rap song, a video game – any number of things. This where kids will spend hours without coming up for air. And we know that embedded in those products that kids are creating are some core skills or things they do – teamwork, design, build, etc. Awesome stuff – and in many ways – we can have a very rich discussion about badges related to this experience – and we are. But lets talk about pathways.
  • NAT – CAN YOU MAKE THIS A SLIDE THAT JUST SHOWS SCHOOL ON THE LEFT AND THE SOLAR CAR ON THE RIGHT (PLEASE DELETE CHICAGO NATURE MUSEUM – I JUST WANT IT TO BE ABOUT THE SOLAR CARWhat constructivist and progressive educators have learned over the last 100 years is – many things – but for purposes of this conversation Its really really hard to see the learning in the final product – its just really hard Its really hard to have kids – at scale – build things like this and make sure they can pass standardized tests. Again – some schools are doing amazing jobs at this and it’s a really heavy lift. A hybrid approach – would suggest – lets create a pathway that builds connections between these two experiences
  • NAT – can this slide have the academic subjects – but put more in those boxes – something to make them come alive. Maybe a standard or something with each on Take out the middle – hive, mentors, etc and just leave badges in the middle connecting the two columns
  • NAT – if this is a build on the previous slide – can we have links to higher education – coming off the two middle columns – and then career coming off the research, teamwork, etc and solar car So that it’s clear that these things are relevant for higher education and career
  • 3rd thing I want to talk about are challenges/ leveling up -- Challenge based pathwaysNature of pathways – might be slides from remix – not sure These are pathways – and this isn’t necessarily a type of pathway – this could be all pathways – where young people are working to solve relevant challenges. The challenges could be sequenced along a pathway so that become more intensive or difficult as skills and capacities are developed – as a learner or even a group moves through and develop the skills and capacities, new opportunities unlock – opportunities that are related to the interest and to the relevance of the interest to the world. Remember learning is about identity. We aren’t talking about paying for grades here. We’re talking about creating new oportunites – whether is engaging with new material, new internships, new tools related to area of interest that are unlocked. One can imagine companies and federal agencies sponsoring these challenge based pathways so that their resources are coordinated, their employees are connected as mentors along the pathway, They can start with broad fun participation and fork into a variety of opportunities – we have so many competitions that are out there that just end – that we do nothing with when they are over. For some that’s fantastic. I just want to dabble once in a while in my area of expertise – great. But what if participating in something hooks me and I want to keep going – or what if a company that I know – maybe its ESPN, or Disney (yes, we’ll be talking with Michael Strautmanis later) that hooks a kid – badges can begin to lay out these pathways and make opportunities availableAnd they can – at any point in a pathway – easily connect previously disconnected resources from companies, universities, out of school, online, celebrity – into these pathways. NAT – need some slides for this
  • We can not be agnostic about how we think about learning. We can not be agnostic about how we think about learning. We are in a moment of transition in learning. Are we going to push ourselves to do the work of re-imagining learning for the 21st century – or are we going to settle for innovations for that make our current system more efficient? We can easily easily create badges and badge systems that simply recreate our current system – if they are embedded in current notions and systems of learning. Badges are not an innovation on their own. If we do not embedded in a system of learning that understands learning as tied to identity – as happening at the intersection of social/interest/ oriented to meaning in the world – then we risk recreating a another poor reward behaviorist reward system.
  • Similarly – we have to take the time to really think through and experiment with the types of assessments and evidence that are tied to badges. We can ask – what is the evidence of learning? This is our opportunity to really think this through. If we are slapping badges onto crappy assessments – what have we done? I am imploring you all – we have to be really careful, thoughtful and push ourselves on this. This is a huge opportunity to expand our notions of what we mean be evidence of learning NAT: I think this slide should say – “Badges tied to evidence of learning”
  • Here is what I think is our biggest challenge – how we frame our questionsWe are living a time where perhaps the only constant is change – we will constantly be asking questions and challenged by new conditions and solving problems. The pathways we develop today may not be the pathways we need tomorrowBut how we frame the problems to be solved are critical to how we work together. Let me give you two small examplesI am constantly asked – how you going to endorse badges? How are you going to accredit badges so we know which ones are the most valuable? Don’t you want ETS or some accrediting agency to do it? So here’s my first response to that – and I hope I happen to think its one that we as a community should be comfortable with – I don’t know. When you are on the edge of innovation – it is critical to be able to say – I don’t know. Secondly – I say – badges are part of a broader ecosystem the response to questions like that have to come from the broader community and work within the ecosystem
  • -- importance of the open badge infrastructure-- sectors working together -- Clinton Global Initiative -- (I have outlined three ways of building an ecosystem and pathways that matter -- -- there are others
  • I know this is too hard – but if there is any way to make a dynamic slide that takes a bunch of these things and starts moving them into a network of pathways that are connected by badges – that would be hugely cool because I think what I want to say here is something like We are in a moment of extraordinary opportunity. The combination of digital media plus the incredibly work that so many people are doing and the resources that available in our cities – we are so close to be able to connect and bring them together across public, private and non profit sectors in flexible and agile ways that are relevant and engaging for learners and can meet the needs of a 21st workforce. BUT – there is much work still to be done and challenges to be aware of … CONNIE: I DON’T THINK WE’LL ABLE TO DO ANIMATION FOR THIS ROUND. BUT I ZOOMED IN TO GRAPHIC A LITTLE AND ADDED BADGES TO SOME OF THE PATHS
  • NAT – lets make this DEVELOPING A LEARNING ECOSYSTEMThird response – however we respond to that question – I hope some of you take this on during the workshops here -- it is critical that we do not ask the question nor approach the question as a mindset of the traditional education system. The problem is the right one – but the question has to be understood in the context of an openly networked, ecosystem that is building the future vision of learning. -- All this to say – we challenge before is to spend as much time getting the question right as it is in exploring and answering that question. Because this is a period of transition – we are all bridges between old and new systems. And while we need to be attentive to the old system – we have to building the new ecosystem for learning; and we can’t do it by framing questions from the old system. -- So we are here – for the next day and half to work. To talk, to learn, to listen, to share and to work together. We are connectors, we are bridge builders and we are visionaries. All of us. In our work, in our aspirations, in our dreams and in the marathon that is our day-to-day life – we – (really you) – are building the future of learning for our kids. You are both building the future and you with badges – you are connecting it back to their current daily lives. We can make a difference – now – in the learning experience of every learner in this country. -- to do that – higher ed has step in; companies have to step in; school districts have to step in; out of school programs have to step in; teachers, educators, mentors, researchers, -- technology geeks – need to be part of building this ecosystem. Its not about stopping what you are doing or radically changing what you are doing – its about advancing, perhaps remixing, taking what you are doing to the next level. -- thank you for being here. I can’t wait for to get going.
  • Connie Yowell at the 2014 Open Badges Summit to Reconnect Learning

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