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  • This is how a college course looks to some students. It’s a significant challenge and the end is not often in sight. Challenges are a good thing but, as Suzanne will discuss later, we know that some students or potential students feel the idea of a year long course is an unattainable challenge. Particularly with students who may not have engaged well with formal education, the idea of committing to a year long course before gaining any kind of recognition of the learning and skills they are acquiring along the way can seem too much and de-motivating.- How can we help to motivate students to continue with their learning or feel confident to commit to a prolonged period of learning in the first place?
  • When an employer is receiving hundreds if not thousands of applications for a job, how do your students stand out from the crowd? What can help differentiate one student from another as having more pertinent skills, attributes or achievements for that position? We know employers are keen to know more about those additional skills or attributes, the so-called soft or additional skills that can help someone flourish in the workplace - How do we help employers see them?
  • Increasingly many of the ways in which we work, communicate and learn involve the online environment. Increasingly employers and recruitment agencies are also using the online environment to find potential candidates for jobs.- So how can we help meet the needs of digital learners and also help students to stand out and demonstrate their employability in the online environment?
  • A relatively new digital accreditation development, called Open Badges, has begun to take off over the last couple of years, which people are exploring in terms of addressing these kinds of challenges.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Earners store their badges in a badgepack. Currently there is only one provided by Mozilla but as it is an open infrastructure, there is scope for other providers to create their own badge stores for providers to create their own. 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.
  • 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, who Suzanne will talk about in more detail soon 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 Vito Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation Grainne Hamilton, Jisc RSC Scotland and Suzanne Scott, Borders College
    2. 2. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 What are some of the challenges students face? 2
    3. 3. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 Motivation to keep going [Recruiting and retaining students] From Flickr by Michael_Schmatz 3
    4. 4. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 Standing out from the crowd [Improving employability] From Flickr by James Cridland 4
    5. 5. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 A digital future [Meeting the needs of digital learners] The internet is increasingly being used: » For learning, communication and work » By employers looking for potential employees 5
    6. 6. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 Open Badges A digital accreditation infrastructure 6
    7. 7. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 »Digital credentials – called Open Badges 7
    8. 8. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 8 Open Badges Information infused images From Flickr by dun-deagh
    9. 9. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 9 Open Badges Information infused digital images Image by Kyle Bowen
    10. 10. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 »Assessments and identification of learning, attributes and competencies » An open infrastructure for issuing, managing and sharing the credentials 10
    11. 11. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 Open Badges Digital credentials earners can display online On: Professional profiles, e.g. LinkedIn / Blogs / Personal websites / Social media / e-Portfolios... 11
    12. 12. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 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. 12
    13. 13. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 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 13
    14. 14. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 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 14
    15. 15. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 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 15
    16. 16. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 Open Badges Case studies from members of the OBSEG Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) » National awarding and accreditation body » Public commitment to investigate opportunities with Open Badges » Providing sector with „permission to innovate‟ Borders College » First college in Scotland to issue Open Badges » Issuing badges to students and staff » Using Open Badges for retention, motivation and employability 16
    17. 17. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 Scottish Qualifications Authority Meeting the needs of digital learners “The Scottish Qualifications Authority supports the concept of Open Badges and is working in partnership with the Open Badges in Scottish Education Group to support the adoption of Open Badges across a range of sectors. We believe that the infrastructure promotes and supports greater flexibility for learning and the recognition of achievement.” Joe Wilson, Head of New Ventures, SQA. Experimental Blog, October 2013 17
    18. 18. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 Scottish Qualifications Authority Open Badges have the potential to: » Accredit … small steps in a learner‟s journey from informal learning to formal certification » Offer recognition ... of single competencies and outcomes » Provide recognition for chunks of learning … smaller than would normally be recognised in national certification and national credit rating systems » Be used towards accreditation of prior learning where appropriate From Flickr by justus.thane 18
    19. 19. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 Scottish Qualifications Authority » Will explore the adoption of Open Badges as part of the recognition for teachers and appointees through SQA Academy Courses » Will explore the possibilities that Open Badges offer in terms of digital certification in the future From Flickr by Doug Belshaw 19
    20. 20. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 Borders College Improving motivation and enhancing employability Since being introduced to Open Badges at the Jisc RSC Scotland conference 2012, Borders College has been using Open Badges to: » Motivate learners and improve retention through stepped achievements » Encourage staff CPD » Enhance employability through recognising soft / additional skills » Improve digital literacies with Moodle Open Badges 20
    21. 21. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 Borders College Improving motivation and enhancing employability Borders College is using Open Badges to: » Break up the sometimes difficult learning journey » Recognise small achievements = improved KPIs » Encourage returners » Enable Student differentiation = 21st Century CV highlights differences From Flickr by Michael_Schmatz 21
    22. 22. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 Borders College Moodle Open Badges Student badges recognise/encourage: » Professional profile creation » Contribution to discussion forums » Electronic submission of assignments » Use of the VLE generally Staff badges recognise /encourage: » Innovative use of the VLE » Greater use of tools » Time and effort invested 22
    23. 23. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 Borders College Staff CPD » Full support of HR department » Removal of paper certificates » All staff now have at least one open badge – spread awareness » Increase loyalty and attendance at CPD sessions » Staff see value in CPD sessions. No longer just mandatory » Links to HR systems and expiry dates 23
    24. 24. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 Borders College Going forward with Open Badges » Member of the Open Badges in Scottish Education Group facilitated by Jisc » Good links established with other partners such as Mozilla and the SQA » Aim to accredit prior learning and introduce bridging badges » Considering pathways for learners /identifying badges according to career aspirations » Working with local employers to raise awareness 24
    25. 25. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 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/ » Remember, you can always contact your local Jisc Regional Support Centre for further information: jisc.ac.uk/rsc Email: rscsupport@jisc.ac.uk 25
    26. 26. Meeting the needs of digital learners and improving employability through open accreditation 21/11/2013 26 Questions? From Flickr by Vito

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