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OBF Academy - case EHYT ry

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How EHYT ry (Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention) uses Open Badges in volunteer work and educational activities.

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OBF Academy - case EHYT ry

  1. 1. Open Badges in Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention EHYT Mika Piipponen Network Coordinator Vahvistamo, Center of Expertise for the field of Youth Work
  2. 2. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amnet. Dolor sit a met dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amnet. Dolor sita met dolor sit amet Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention EHYT EHYT works throughout Finland to promote health and prevent the harm caused by alcohol, drugs, tobacco, gambling and digital gaming. • Our aim is to improve well-being across Finnish society among all age groups. • A nation-wide non-governmental organization with approximately 70 employees. • The central office is located in Helsinki, Finland. In addition, EHYT has a number of regional staff members working across the country. • We carry out our work on a one-to-one basis, through school visits, parents’ evenings, substance- free social spaces and social media; in communities, including schools, workplaces, municipalities and student organizations.
  3. 3. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amnet. Dolor sita met dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit amnet. Dolor sita met dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit amnet. Dolor sita met dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit amnet. Dolor sita met dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit amnet Open Badges in EHYT’s Volunteer work • EHYT has 110 mostly volunteer based member organizations • EHYT launched Open Badges in autumn 2015 as part of the development process of the organization’s volunteer work • The aim was to create a tool for recognizing competence and rewarding volunteers for their participation • Over 400 badge earners
  4. 4. Open Badges in EHYT’s educational activities • Soon after the launch Open Badges were also introduced in EHYT’s educational activities • Mainly used as a certificate of participation • Over 700 badge earners
  5. 5. Päihdepäivät – “Substance abuse prevention days” coaching event • Event with multiple concurrent seminars on various topics • Open Badge was first used in 2017 event for volunteers • In 2018 OB was also used to recognize participants’ personal learning process through a Badge Application
  6. 6. Open Badge in • About 70 freelance educators around Finland • EHYT trains each educator, which includes additional training • Different educators have different areas of expertise (e.g. subtance abuse prevention or digital gaming) • With OB we can recognize their skills and also ensure that their training is up to date EHYT’s Educator Network
  7. 7. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amnet. Dolor sit a met dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amnet. Dolor sita met dolor sit amet Vahvistamo - Center of Expertise for the field of Youth Work Implemented in co-operation with The Finnish Association for Mental Health, Youth Mental Health Association – Yeesi and EHYT • Aim is to improve the knowledge and competence of professionals in the field of Youth Work about mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention and gambling and digital gaming harm prevention • Aim is to use Open Badges in many different ways • A certificate of participation in training • A certificate of participation in co-development • Recognizing previously acquired competencies
  8. 8. What kind of challenges we’ve faced • Creating a comprehensive and functional system requires time and careful planning • EHYT has a wide range of activities, operating environments and target groups (from youth to senior citizens) • Different activities and target groups have different needs for recognition of competence  This should be considered when planning Open Badges • If the target group doesn’t find the Badge useful, they probably won’t use it • Some target groups are accustomed to the traditional paper-based certificates • They may experience that Open Badge doesn’t have the same value • The lack of e-skills also sometimes pose challenges for receiving Open Badges  They don’t want to sign in and use Open Badge Passport • In some cases, the number of accepted Badges is quite small, whereas with some Badges the acceptance percentage is almost 100% • It seems that Badges that need a Badge Application have higher acceptance rate
  9. 9. Thank you! Mika Piipponen Network Coordinator Vahvistamo, Center of Expertise for the field of Youth Work mika.piipponen@ehyt.fi

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