Open Badges design day
19th March 2014
Lucy Neale & Mark Riches
“Over 70% of employers
want employability skills
to become a top
education priority”
The CBI
“…qualifications are
worthless as a criteria for
hiring”
Google 2013
DigitalMe is a social enterprise working with
schools, charities, employers and platforms to
create a new digital skills c...
• Develop online badge tools which make it easy
for learners to discover, take and display badges
• Support schools, chari...
Aims for the Session:
1. Understand what Open Badges are and how
they could work for your organisation
2. Have a go at des...
Introduction
• Open Badge 101
13.00 Working Lunch
Badge Design
• Badge Canvas
• Visual Design -Makebadg.es
• Pitch!
Next s...
1. What are
open badges?
Mozilla Open
Badges: a web
standard which
captures &
communicates skills
http://openbadges.org
Silo 1 Silo 2
Silo 4
Formal
qualifications
After school
club certificates
Online
learning
Silo 3
Professional
development
How do they work?
CC BY-SA Kyle Bowen
Mozilla’s Open Badge Infrastructure
www.backpack.openbadges.org
What makes Open
Badges different?
1. Open &free skills communication
standard
2. Anyone can create open badges
3. Datais o...
Who is using Open
Badges?
Some of the organisations
involved in the ecosystem
300,000 +
badges issued
2000 issuers
52,395
Backpacks
1400% Growth
since Nov 2012
120 partners
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9LumZi0Gps
Badges in
Action
Is a safe social badging
platform where young
people can build a digital
record of achievements
Schools can setup their
own site for free and
create and issue badgesINVERKEITHING
Young people have their
own pages, buil...
Micro blogging
MW ActivitiesPortfolios
Media Sharing
Social platforms
Young person centred
Check and moderate
work
Easily set privacy for
each piece of content
or for the whole site
Choose the level of
interaction...
Provide the right tools
So Far
50,000 badges awarded
23,000 students have earned a
badge from over 1000 schools
Makewav.es/badgelibrary
Malala Day Campaign
Red Nose Day Badge
Young people blog
about their progress
and capture multimedia
content online or via
mobile app.
Submit their stories to
ce...
Young person at the centre
A wider range of pupils are completing work at home in their own
time. Our pupils are excited and talk about how many badg...
5 things to think about
when thinking about
badges…
1. Badge Framework
Badge design process
Download canvases at www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk
2. Badge Design
www.makebadg.es
3. Discoverability
Discovering Badges
4. Manage and
Measure
Progress tracking
5. Credibility &
Currency
Questions?
Working Lunch
Badge design process
Download canvases at www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk
1. Audience & Value
Primary & secondary
age (Open Badges
for 13+)
Teachers
School
Other pupils
Technology companies
Colleg...
2. Components
Digital Leader Explorer Badge
• Learn to use software /
hardware
• Knowledge of main functions
• Ideas of ho...
3. Badge pathways
Explorer: Independently explore & share
Reactor: Responds to a brief, applies tech to solve a problem
Pr...
4. Resources
- Staff time: develop endorser relationships, presentations,
training, create support materials, fund raising...
5. Design
www.makebadg.es
Pitch!
Break
Next Steps
Become a BTUK partner
Unlocking the value of Open
Badges for your organisation
What we do
-AddyourbadgetothelibraryforFREE
-Helpyoubadgeyourlearningprogram
-Makewavesmicrositeandbadgepack
- Createyouro...
Create your own
Yay! You’ve earned a badge!
Thanks!
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14
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  • Welcome – practical hands on day led by DigitalMe and MW part of BTUK. Kindly hosted by mozilla. Badge the UK is a new nominet trust funded project which aims to create a currency for young people using open badges and link them to work, training enterprise opps.Brought together like minded organisations who are interested in creating badges – aim for the day is to design a badge that could be used by schools (for teachers/students)Before we get started let’s see who is in the room – intro, why here & badge you have earned you are proud of/badge you would like to earn.
  • We feel that part of the answer could be something called Mozilla Open Badges – they potentially provide a way to bridge this gap by creating a new skills currency that can capture all of the skills a learner has and enable them to be used more effectively to unlock opportunities for work or training
  • Our background- At Digitalme we are leading on this BTUKprogramme funded by nomiinet because we have first hand experience of delivering learning programmes which develop real employability skills such as resilience, problem solving and communication skills but we have struggled in the past to map them to formal qualification frameworks – either lost the essence of the programme or agendas changed as govts changed which was counter productive. We werent able to provide yp with anything to evidence their wide range of skills and achievements and commitment to learning or enable them to articulate the skills they had to colleges and universities. Open bagdes came along and changed that.We were funded through DML competition – only UK org. Over the past 18 months we have been running BTUK initiative funded by Nominet Trust, to work with schools, charities and employers to use badges to create a new skills currency. Bringing people like you together who like us have fantastic learning programmes to help them use badges to connect with schools
  • BTUK:1. Badges that represent a wide range of interests, represent quality learning and that are relevant 2 why we here today. Range of tools and expertise to help people do this3. New skills currency
  • Days like today – a critical part of the process. Identify organisations to join ecosystem and help raise profileAims for the session – main aim is that you all leave feeling confident about what open badges are and how they could apply to think big. Want you to have the chance to ask lots of questions, get hands on designing badges and begin to feed into the plans for the programme as it moves forwards.Fantastic opportunity to test badges by launching a badge to school via the new MW badge library reaching 50,000 learners New programme of badge missions being rolled out nationally linked to areas of the curriculum for teachers & parents to support students to earn.Think about what’s involved in developing your own badge scheme – for young people, adults, staff etc
  • Aims for the session – main aim is that you all leave feeling confident about what open badges are and how they could apply to think big. Want you to have the chance to ask lots of questions, get hands on designing badges and begin to feed into the plans for the programme as it moves forwards.Want it to be fun!Quickly go round – who is in room? What badge have you earned or would like to earn and why?
  • All familiar with offline badges not a new idea – universal symbol of recognition and everyone has a memory of a badge they have earned they are proud of.21st Century Scouts is a Useful Analogy but can also be limiting
  • Often a better example of a digital badge – ebay badge represents behaviour as well as skills - its trusted and is built up over time, micro transactions, awarded by a community therefore more valuable representation of an individual. Evidence of their badge can be viewed online as feedback - transparent
  • Why needed?Familiar problem - Learning is often siloed– difficult to present a holistic view of a learner across different settings – connect hobbies with in school qualifications.Even formal qualifications are very meta – difficult to understand the granularity and range of achievements they represent.Open badges potentially provide a way to connect all of this together,
  • Important point to get across – badges don’t come in a platform. People have built platforms around open badges OR integrated them into exisiting platforms. Therefore there are many places you can find open badges across the web.Number of places employers, colleges etc can discover badges. displayers across the web – go through each.Whole range of technical providers for badges – and you can build your own.
  • Currently 120 partners across the UK – employers, charities, networks of schools across the UKThese are all people who have fantastic endorsed learning programmes – teach computing skills like code club, encourage voting like bite the ballot, Volunteer programmes V inspired. Real disconnect between these programmes and schools – they find it hard to get their programmes into schools.What we hope with BTUK is make it easier for YP to access these programmes using open badgesLike to add some more partner names to this list
  • Example of how we are doing this – industry created badge, linked through to schoolsOne of the partners from the last badge design day – tech will save us…PLAY VIDEO
  • Beth from Technology will save us interviewed by kids talking about why open badges help them to teach young people tech.
  • Need to tell you a little bit about Makewaves is safe school badge platform – makewaves. Used by 5000 schools globallyEach school can set up its own space for free to create and issue badges. Young people have their own pages where they can build a portfolio of work – video/blogs/stories and display their badges – almost like a linkd in for schools aged young people
  • Need to tell you a little bit about Makewaves is safe school badge platform – makewaves. Used by 5000 schools globallyEach school can set up its own space for free to create and issue badges. Young people have their own pages where they can build a portfolio of work – video/blogs/stories and display their badges – almost like a linkd in for schools aged young people
  • There is no doubt that there is a high level of digital fluency among young peopleTechnology is amazing they are immersed in itIs being Tech Savy the new MBA- 80% of employers in US google people as part of recruitment60% of employers expect young people to use social media in their rolewhere is was said that young people are meant to be the digital natives they are at social but not when using these tools professionallyResearch, being self aware, Kids are aware of this they want a social space and a professional spaceHow employers will want them to. In fact they are often actively banned in schools.
  • We all know learning gets silodMakewaves is a way to pull learning together for the benefit of the young person- Whether it formal qulificatons in schoolLearning through clubs or organizations- Self directed learning based on interestsMakewaves is a way to capture this learning whether it’s formal or informal qualifications
  • Schools are at the centreDon’t think you know how they are going to use itDevolve as much responsibility to them as possible.Put them in controlThey are your experts on the ground
  • Similar to other social networksHas an easy to use AppBu it also has a
  • Built a badge libraryAllths
  • Aims for the session – main aim is that you all leave feeling confident about what open badges are and how they could apply to think big. Want you to have the chance to ask lots of questions, get hands on designing badges and begin to feed into the plans for the programme as it moves forwards.Want it to be fun!Quickly go round – who is in room? What badge have you earned or would like to earn and why?
  • Its easy to issue a badge – its hard to make that badge meaningul and valuable to both the earner and you as an issuing organisationWe learned this over 2 years of badge design – made all of the mistakes and assumptions there are to makeDeveloped a process to support other organisations to develop badges that think about the value proposition, the criteria and evidence and the resources needed to practically launch it
  • Badge visual design - Mark
  • Who can find your badges – how can they access them? Distributed model enables badges to be shared virally. Share and take MARK
  • Anyone can see the badgeTeachers can ‘Share’ the badge with their pupilsStudents can ‘Take’ the badgeClicking into the badge tells you want’s involved in taking it
  • Lots of badges being taken was good So we created a progress trackerTeachers can see at a glance everyone who is taking a badge The blue stars denote content that has been uploaded Clicking on the stars open up the submitted evidence where they can give direct feedback, then award of message userAll on one page!
  • Reach and impact : One of the real values in badges are the ability to track the impact of your learning programmes in new ways and measure more granular progressionIn order to do this you need the right toolsDistributed model = reach Badges enable you to measure impact and progression in new ways
  • Lots of badges being taken was good So we created a progress trackerTeachers can see at a glance everyone who is taking a badge The blue stars denote content that has been uploaded Clicking on the stars open up the submitted evidence where they can give direct feedback, then award of message userAll on one page!
  • Data behind the scenes (in beta)We want to provide teachers with analyticsSo you can see the impact a badge is having on the student activity and adjust or develop your badge in response
  • Connection with real world – industry endoresementWho’s going to recognise your badges and how do you build meaning in for the badges earner? What opportunities do they unlock
  • Badges need to have a value or currency in the world – this needs to be built bottom up by connecting individual badges with realted opportunities. When lots of badges come together within one ecosystem this can really raise the stakes. CSOL - city wide projectconnecting over 100 organisations and 30,000 young people across a city.PLAY VIDEOEndorsed by Mayor of Chicago –Badges were created by the organisations and all looked different – but badges were mapped to a STEAM curriculum and enabled them to level up to unlock opportunities in the citySimilarities to BTUK– connecting different programmes using a central curriculum to underpin lots of different activities. Young people could access the programme via their interests but also enabled progression and impact to be measured.Watch Video
  • Aims for the session
  • Aims for the session
  • Local do internally, regional / national work with a designer!! Brand is importantThe badge canvas provides a design brief, that’s everything a designer would as you – perhaps some more details about the users / audience but mostely there-
  • Aims for the session
  • Aims for the session
  • Aims for the session
  • Connect with parents, teachers, students
  • Currently 120 partners across the UK – employers, charities, networks of schools across the UKThese are all people who have fantastic endorsed learning programmes – teach computing skills like code club, encourage voting like bite the ballot, Volunteer programmes V inspired. Real disconnect between these programmes and schools – they find it hard to get their programmes into schools.What we hope with BTUK is make it easier for YP to access these programmes using open badgesLike to add some more partner names to this list
  • Free tools online atdigitalmeWe can work with you directly to design your own badge scheme if you want
  • Aims for the session
  • Badge Design Day for charities, employers and learning programmes 19th March 14

    1. 1. Open Badges design day 19th March 2014 Lucy Neale & Mark Riches
    2. 2. “Over 70% of employers want employability skills to become a top education priority” The CBI
    3. 3. “…qualifications are worthless as a criteria for hiring” Google 2013
    4. 4. DigitalMe is a social enterprise working with schools, charities, employers and platforms to create a new digital skills currency using Open Badges. We run Badge the UK, a Nominet Trust funded initiative to support the implementation of Open Badges across the UK We are a Mozilla’s Open Badge partner in the UK & Europe and part of the Global Open Badge visionary team.
    5. 5. • Develop online badge tools which make it easy for learners to discover, take and display badges • Support schools, charities, learning organisations & employers to create and issue badges • Work with employers, awarding bodies and sector skills councils to endorse and recognise badges
    6. 6. Aims for the Session: 1. Understand what Open Badges are and how they could work for your organisation 2. Have a go at designing your own badge to launch to schools 3. Think about practical next steps to make your badges a reality
    7. 7. Introduction • Open Badge 101 13.00 Working Lunch Badge Design • Badge Canvas • Visual Design -Makebadg.es • Pitch! Next steps • Launching badges to schools 16.00 Finish
    8. 8. 1. What are open badges?
    9. 9. Mozilla Open Badges: a web standard which captures & communicates skills
    10. 10. http://openbadges.org
    11. 11. Silo 1 Silo 2 Silo 4 Formal qualifications After school club certificates Online learning Silo 3 Professional development
    12. 12. How do they work?
    13. 13. CC BY-SA Kyle Bowen
    14. 14. Mozilla’s Open Badge Infrastructure
    15. 15. www.backpack.openbadges.org
    16. 16. What makes Open Badges different? 1. Open &free skills communication standard 2. Anyone can create open badges 3. Datais owned byusers
    17. 17. Who is using Open Badges?
    18. 18. Some of the organisations involved in the ecosystem
    19. 19. 300,000 + badges issued
    20. 20. 2000 issuers
    21. 21. 52,395 Backpacks
    22. 22. 1400% Growth since Nov 2012
    23. 23. 120 partners
    24. 24. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9LumZi0Gps
    25. 25. Badges in Action
    26. 26. Is a safe social badging platform where young people can build a digital record of achievements
    27. 27. Schools can setup their own site for free and create and issue badgesINVERKEITHING Young people have their own pages, build a portfolio of work and display their badges
    28. 28. Micro blogging MW ActivitiesPortfolios Media Sharing Social platforms
    29. 29. Young person centred
    30. 30. Check and moderate work Easily set privacy for each piece of content or for the whole site Choose the level of interaction with others Develop a culture Treat teachers like Gods
    31. 31. Provide the right tools
    32. 32. So Far 50,000 badges awarded 23,000 students have earned a badge from over 1000 schools
    33. 33. Makewav.es/badgelibrary
    34. 34. Malala Day Campaign
    35. 35. Red Nose Day Badge
    36. 36. Young people blog about their progress and capture multimedia content online or via mobile app. Submit their stories to central hub. Get feedback from peers, family and community. Cooks and Kids
    37. 37. Young person at the centre
    38. 38. A wider range of pupils are completing work at home in their own time. Our pupils are excited and talk about how many badges they have on a daily basis. They are an amazing motivational tool. St Pauls Primary @leotindal Badges are a great way of focusing pupils on a task or of lending credibility. Furthermore it is a great way to assess and evidence pupils' progress. Jason Bromfield Music Teacher The Badge System is great! I can now set students multiple tasks and ad monitor the work at a glance Shireland Collegiate Academy What Teachers say
    39. 39. 5 things to think about when thinking about badges…
    40. 40. 1. Badge Framework
    41. 41. Badge design process Download canvases at www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk
    42. 42. 2. Badge Design
    43. 43. www.makebadg.es
    44. 44. 3. Discoverability
    45. 45. Discovering Badges
    46. 46. 4. Manage and Measure
    47. 47. Progress tracking
    48. 48. 5. Credibility & Currency
    49. 49. Questions?
    50. 50. Working Lunch
    51. 51. Badge design process Download canvases at www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk
    52. 52. 1. Audience & Value Primary & secondary age (Open Badges for 13+) Teachers School Other pupils Technology companies Colleges / Universities Stand out digital CV Access to software & hardware Days out of school presenting Recognise genuine learning Industry recognition Identify talent Staff engagement Technology sector companies Universities / college Existing db Conferences Endorser channels Teacher & peer Monitored by DigitalMe
    53. 53. 2. Components Digital Leader Explorer Badge • Learn to use software / hardware • Knowledge of main functions • Ideas of how it could be applied to solve a problem • Working independently • Resilience • Self Confidence • Create and deliver a presentation on technology discovered • Field questions from group • Share presentation online • Teacher / snr peer confirms presentation by awarding the badge
    54. 54. 3. Badge pathways Explorer: Independently explore & share Reactor: Responds to a brief, applies tech to solve a problem Project: Works as part of a team on extended project Sub badges e.g. presenter, coder, help desk, ambassador (three earned for each badge)
    55. 55. 4. Resources - Staff time: develop endorser relationships, presentations, training, create support materials, fund raising - Badge issuing platform / plugin (e.g. Makewaves, Badge us, Blackboard, wordress plugin etc… - Displayer: Wordpress, Moodle, Linkedin, Thimble CV? - Expenses
    56. 56. 5. Design
    57. 57. www.makebadg.es
    58. 58. Pitch!
    59. 59. Break
    60. 60. Next Steps
    61. 61. Become a BTUK partner
    62. 62. Unlocking the value of Open Badges for your organisation
    63. 63. What we do -AddyourbadgetothelibraryforFREE -Helpyoubadgeyourlearningprogram -Makewavesmicrositeandbadgepack - Createyourownbadgeplatform -Summeroflearningprogramwithparents
    64. 64. Create your own
    65. 65. Yay! You’ve earned a badge!
    66. 66. Thanks!

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