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  • 1. Open Badges – Moodle asIssuer, Mahara as Displayer• Project Goals, what are we trying to achieve?• Why?• How?• When?• What might happen afterwards? Richard Wyles – July 2012 Totara Learning Solutions
  • 2. Why is the Open Badges initiativea good thing?
  • 3. What‟s new? Happens now,right?
  • 4. Open Badges InfrastructureWhat’s the purpose? An indicator of accomplishment, skill or quality Networked = portability. Broader than classrooms and universities Learners have multiple pathways to build their skills, experiences and gain competencies Connected learning – the web enables increasing access to information and to each other Can be more micro – e.g. align badges to learning modules (self contained, structured learning with explicit learning outcomes and assessment)
  • 5. Capturing the learning path Illustrates the learning path rather than aggregated assessments Badges can be more granular, aligned to a specific achievement Portable, alternative certification model
  • 6. Visual recognition of achievement,and metadata links to validation Perceived value will differ based on the “use case”, or community. A wide variety of badge systems will emerge;  Formal education  Professional bodies  Peer to peer recognition  Corporate, workplace learning Infrastructure to support diversity of contexts with better robustness and connection to Issuer.
  • 7. Metadata Who was the Issuer? Issue date Brief description of how badge was earned URIs to artefacts, testimonials etc.  i.e. the e-portfolio Web service for verification.  “Did the Issuer issue the badge?”  “Is it still valid?”
  • 8. OBI Risks and Benefits Infrastructure for alternative credentialing  Modern society demands new and dynamic skills and literacies. Requires innovation and flexibility in learning environments Anyone can issue accreditations about anything? Won‟t this lead to badge “bling” and therefore badges become meaningless?  Badges need credibility but it‟s within context  Only some will gain credibility
  • 9. Moodle as Issuer, Mahara asDisplayer Core Project Principles  Open source  Generic solution  Infrastructure approach = Sustainability
  • 10. Why Moodle? 130+ active developers Massive use - 68,000+ registered sites serving 58m users, 75+ languages Most popular learning management software globally 160,000+ downloads per month Our solution is Open, not custom Core infrastructure in world‟s most popular LMS
  • 11. Why Mahara?  Designed for flexibility: reflective learning, assessment, certification, and showcase for employment.  Includes social networking, resumé/CV builder  “Sister” app to Moodle  Badges are more than static images – value comes from metadata and linking to further evidence  See
  • 12. More than a badge  More than a small button with metadata – OBI provides an open infrastructure that will underpin presentation portfolios  A badge / portfolio combination enables you to click through to more detailed levels of evidence and explanation—documents, assessment results, testimonials, awards won, video, and more. i.e. verifiable evidence.
  • 13. Why Totara? Totara LMS is a distribution of Moodle, designed for workplace learning (in contrast to education);• Learning depends on roles, business unit, strategic change etc. Individual development plans Team management Competency management Learning paths Great alignment between badges and recognition for workplace learning
  • 14. Moodle and Totara Moodle is at the heart of Totara Totara stays in lock step with Moodle You can upgrade from Moodle to Totara and vice versa Totara contributes innovations back to Moodle  Open Badges functionality is a good example
  • 15. Why Us? A brief history
  • 16. How?
  • 17. Technical Solution- Moodle Leverage Moodle Activity completion to issue Badges – enables very flexible criteria;  E.g. viewing a web page or a learner self-marking an item as complete.  Starting online discussions or replying to a specific forum post.  At the more formal level, activity completion, and therefore the generation of a badge, may be set by achieving a certain score.
  • 18. Technical Deliverables Overview1. Rewrite Certificate module, dispense Open Badge PNGs instead of PDF files.2. Web service approach (using Moodle‟s web services API) will enable any displayer to verify badges issued by a specific Moodle site. (including social media).3. Create a new block for Moodle that users will be able to place badges on their profile page.4. Use the Moodle Portfolio API to push badges to Mahara.5. New Mahara blocks display either a single badge or a collection of badges. New portfolio „artefact‟ will be created so that PNG files that have badge metadata will be identified as badges (and available to be selected by the new block).6. Verification – separate library, permissive license (e.g. Apache v2)
  • 19. When?
  • 20. might happen afterwards? n-badges-visual-design-and-semantic.html Evolve, impact on formal education Employers & learners may prefer it to standard CV structures 
  • 21. might happen afterwards? n-badges-visual-design-and-semantic.html Evolve, impact on formal education Employers & learners may prefer it to standard CV structures 