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MM6 Exploring potential of open badges Mallinson

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Exploring the Potential of Open Badges for Moodle
Moodle Moot 6 May 2015
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MM6 Exploring potential of open badges Mallinson

  1. 1. Exploring the Potential of Open Digital Badges BRENDA MALLINSON May 18th 2015
  2. 2. Outline Context – Openness Micro-credentials What is a digital badge? System Elements Badges in Moodle Pilot – Facilitating Online Learning course Tools and Projects
  3. 3. The ‘Openness’ Movement  Open Education  Open Learning  Open Online Courses – MOOCs - OpenupEd  Open Educational Resources – OER Africa  Open Licencing – Creative Commons  Open Access Journals - DOAJ  Open Source Software – OSS / FOSS
  4. 4. The Concept of Micro-credentials  Competency-based education  Recognize smaller achievements  Can add up to something more  Non-traditional / informal  Gamification:  reward/incentive  strategy  transparency  formal potential?
  5. 5. What is a digital badge?
  6. 6.  Visual symbol used to:  set goals  motivate behaviours  represent achievement  communicate success  Online representation  within and across  networks & communities • Free & open • Transferable • Stackable • Evidence-based Digital Badges Open Badges
  7. 7. What information is embedded in a badge? http://wiki.Mozilla.org/Badges Elements: • Issuing organisation • Badge Design • Award Criteria • Issuing System • Earner • Display system
  8. 8. System Elements Issuer •Organisation; Employer; Assessment; Awards badge Digital Badges •Badge Design; Criteria; Earner •Performs tasks; Display on Profile; Export to storage / display Storage •In-house; Open storage system; e.g. Mozilla Backpack Displayer •Internal; External; Social site; Link to storage
  9. 9. Earn and display your badges
  10. 10. Example 1: Course with 4 Modules  History of Badges  Designing & Issuing Badges  Policies & Procedures  Storage & Security *Canvas Network https://www.canvas.net/
  11. 11. Mozilla BackPack
  12. 12. Badges in Moodle (v2.5+)  Badges shown in site profile  Categories: (https://docs.moodle.org/29/en/Badges)  site wide e.g. finishing a set of courses  course specific – related to course specific activities  Fully compatible with Mozilla Open Badges  Export from Moodle to Backpack  Link from Backpack to Moodle site  YouTube demos: ‘How to – Upload your Moodle Badge into your Mozilla Backpack’ (Brenda – 5:07m ) ‘Çreate Course Badges’ (Nellie – 19:41min)  Guide – Display your badges on your LinkedIn Profile (Mozilla Open Badges Blog)
  13. 13. Example 2: Badges process in Moodle 1. Create your badge (.png image) 2. What does it represent?  name, description, issuing organisation, expiry 3. Criteria for award 4. Who can award? (automated/manual) 5. Message 6. Storage  Internal to system  External - link to Open Backpack
  14. 14. Badge detail in Moodle (FOL)
  15. 15. Badge display in Site Profile
  16. 16. Practical considerations for FOLC  Badge Design to reflect organisational branding: Saide using OpenBadges.me  Award criteria: Facilitating Online Learning course completion  Issuing system: Moodle  Storage and display system: Mozilla backpack  Earners: sub-Saharan Africa academic community  Shared completion criteria & timeframe from course outset  Information provided re Open Digital Badges and ‘how to’  View in Moodle; Save to desktoop  Register for Mozilla Backpack; Export Moodle badge to backpack
  17. 17. Outcomes of badge pilot  Participant use:  Huge interest shown in digital badges by participants  12 participants earned the badge  Not all managed to export to backpack  Badge Design:  Easy to use OpenBadges.me  Moodle Badging system:  Upload, embed meta-data, award  Robust – performed exactly as promised  Organisation (Saide)  Digital credentialing approved for further use in capacity building programmes
  18. 18. Final Thoughts The way in which we use digital technology models particular values for our students and places particular kinds of demands both on them and on their teachers. Therefore, we need to make conscious choices to use suitable digital technologies in appropriate ways taking cognisance of both our learning purposes and the technology profile of our target learners and teachers. Principles:  Embrace the opportunities afforded by ICTs while preserving pedagogical integrity  Promote the opening of education using appropriate supporting ICTs  Use ICTs to support (not drive) the teaching and learning process  Be adaptive to change and mindful of context when utilising supporting ICTs  Build capacity to promote sustainability in changing learning environments
  19. 19. Reflection How does/could this relate to your organisation?  With respect to internal achievements  Providing services  Providing accreditation  Capturing skills not usually represented on certificates  …  Identify an achievement: for which you could award / have awarded badges Share with the group in the post-webinar discussion
  20. 20. Useful Tools / Projects  Open Badge Designer Tools  OpenBadges.me  OnlineIconMaker  Open Badge Storage:  Mozilla Backpack  Digital Credential Curation & Validation service  BadgeSafe tied to Canvas  BadgeStack tied to WordPress & Credly  Credly – verify, share, manage micro-credentials  DigitalMe – badge design consultancy, badge technology, support  Projects:  BadgeOS (WordPress plugin)  Open Chat about Open Badges Twitter chat at Univ of Sussex TEL  Open Badges South Africa (working group)
  21. 21. Thank You BRENDA MALLINSON SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/brenda6 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License.
  22. 22. Bibliography  Accreditrust (2014) Website  Bernard Bull (2014) How Will Badges and Micro-Credentialing Change Education? Etale – Life in the Digital World (Blog)  Canvas Network (2014) Badge 101  Credly (2014) Website  News Editor (2013) Professional Examination Service Introduces Digital Micro- Credentials Learning Solutions Magazine  Jonathan Finkelstein (2012) Digital Badges and Meaningful Microcredentials EDUCAUSE Library  Moodle.org (2015) https://docs.moodle.org/29/en/Badges  MozillaWiki (2014) Badges  New Media Consortium (2014) Horizon Report - Higher Education Edition  OpenBadges.me (2014) https://www.openbadges.me/

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