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Open Digital Badges Mallinson

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Open Learning and Distance Education Incubation for Africa Summit
Johannesburg, July 2014

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Open Digital Badges Mallinson

  1. 1. A brief introduction to Open Digital Badges What, why and how? Brenda Mallinson OPEN LEARNING & DISTANCE EDUCATION INCUBATION for AFRICA SUMMIT 28 – 29 July, 2014 Johannesburg
  2. 2. Outline Perspective Micro-credentialling What is a digital badge? System Elements Badges in Moodle Tools and Projects
  3. 3. Near-term horizon – within the next 12 months Flipped Classroom, Learning Analytics Mid-term horizon – 2-3 years out Games & Gamification, 3D Printing Far-term horizon- 4-5 from widespread adoption Quantified Self, Virtual Assistants Higher Education Technologies to watch The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition
  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. Example 1: Course with 4 Modules • History of Badges • Designing & Issuing Badges • Policies & Procedures • Storage & Security
  8. 8. What information is embedded in the badge? http://wiki.Mozilla.org/Badges
  9. 9. Badges in Moodle • Categories: site wide & course specific • Compatible with Mozilla Open Badges in 2.6 – Export from Moodle to Backpack – Link from Backpack to Moodle site • Badges shown in site profile
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. System Elements Issuer • Organisation; Employer; Assessment; Awards badge Digital Badges • Badge Design; Criteria; Earner • Performs tasks; Display on Profile; Export to storage Storage • In-house; Open storage system; e.g. Mozilla Backpack Displayer • Internal; External; Social site; Link to storage
  12. 12. Earn and display your badges
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Discussion How does/could this relate to your organisation? – With respect to internal achievements – Providing services – Providing accreditation – Capturing skills not usually represented on certificates – ….
  15. 15. 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 • MozillaWiki (2014) Badges • New Media Consortium (2014) Horizon Report - Higher Education Edition
  16. 16. Thank You! Brenda Mallinson brendam@saide.org.za This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License.

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