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Using Badges for Workplace Learning - Mark Aberdour


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This presentation explores how to build a workplace learning culture using open badges. Now that open badges have been around for a few years in Moodle, many papers and case studies exist about badge use in educational institutions, but far less exists about using badges in the workplace. However we are now beginning to see the first case studies of workplace badging systems emerging in the Moodle world and beyond, and we explore some of these in this session.

Largely through exploring examples of how others have implemented badging systems in the workplace, we will look at what a successful badging system looks like, what went well in these implementations but also what didn't go so well and how users reacted to the implementation of badging programmes.

This is a great opportunity to see what you can do with open badges in the workplace.

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Using Badges for Workplace Learning - Mark Aberdour

  1. 1. FOLLOW US @leolearning Using badges for workplace learning Mark Aberdour Platform Solutions Manager @maberdour
  2. 2. Introduction Moodle adopted Mozilla Open Badges standard in 2013 Open Badges gaining momentum across sectors Research into open badges in the workplace for Springer book out Summer 2016 Web research and phone interviews with badge implementers @leolearning
  3. 3. Original source of publication Foundation of Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials Demonstrating and Recognizing Knowledge and Competencies Editors: Ifenthaler, Dirk, Bellin-Mularski, Nicole, Mah, Dana-Kristin ISBN 978-3-319-15424-4 @leolearning
  4. 4. Workplaces using badges
  5. 5. Use of badges for recruitment Hull City College – Employability Skills Seal HCG want employers in their area to be asking to see the Employability Seal as part of their recruitment process. Badges for Vets Translates military skills into civilian skills. Funded by MacArthur Foundation who also funded the Moodle Open Badges implementation Newport City Homes Housing Association trainee employability programme that has built in strong reputation in its region. @leolearning
  6. 6. Use of badges for workforce training National Health Service UK’s largest employer Pilot in two regions Badge accredited by Health Education England Informal and formal learning experiences collected via xAPI LRS Reflective statements from learners @leolearning
  7. 7. Use of badges for compliance and certification RWA Group Regulatory training and compliance awards, badges for learning and assessment, plus learner of month awards. 10,000 badges issued by April 2015. IBM Using badges to demonstrate proficiency in IBM technology and solutions, and for completion of certification paths. @leolearning
  8. 8. Use of badges for professional development Scottish Social Services Council 188,000 staff, nice use of badge suites, e.g. Bronze for attending event, Silver for reflective followup submission, Gold for evidencing behaviour change. Highland and Moray Accredited Training Services (HiMATS) Follows SSSC model: Bronze for event attendance, Silver for assessment pass, Gold for reflective writing. EDUCAUSE Using badges to reward individuals for engagement with the professional body and its community. 2,500 badge awards via Credly / LinkedIn. @leolearning
  9. 9. What went well in implementations Audiences seem very receptive to using badges and see the value in them. Badge programmes have help build strong reputations for organisational training programmes within sectors or regions. Badges are an effective enabler for evidencing behaviour change @leolearning
  10. 10. What didn’t go well in implementations Uptake of sharing badges into backbacks, web pages or social media is often very low, users need support here. Badge sharing sites may be blocked by employers’ social media bans. Marketing and communication effort is often underestimated. @leolearning
  11. 11. The need for evidence of change Elearning Guild surveyed 1,500 L&D professionals: 84% tracked course completion 50% tracked reaction and learning 20% measured behavior change 26% measured results
  12. 12. Key takeaway: badges work as evidence of change Badges being used for reflective writing and evidence of behaviour change SSSC model: Bronze for completing training, Silver for reflective statement, Gold for evidencing behaviour change Voluntarily submitted by learners, not collected by management. Straight to Kirkpatrick Level 3 @leolearning
  13. 13. Top tips Appoint a badge leader Don’t skimp on marketing and communications Do a small scale pilot Automate badge awards Build a badge support site (see Measure badge views and shares with analytics tools @leolearning
  14. 14. Further case study reading Armstrong, E. (2015). Open Badge: HCUK Employability Skills Seal project– JISC Advance FE and Skills Programme: Final report. Hull: Hull College Group. EDUCAUSE Badging Program. (2015, June 10). Retrieved from IBM Open Badge Program. (2015, 06 29). Retrieved from IBM Authorized Training - Worldwide: Price, B. (2015). A simple introduction to Open Badges. Cardiff: Bob Price. Price, R. (2014, October 15). How One of the Largest Employers in the World is Using Tin Can. Retrieved from Tin Can API: RWA. (2015, 06 26). Badge Rewards. Retrieved from Aviva Development Zone: SSSC Open Badges. (2015, 06 29). Retrieved from SSSC Open Badges: @leolearning
  15. 15. @leolearning