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Open Badges for Training and Professional Development


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Examines background needs, early solutions and the emerging vision of micro-credentialing for professional development and training for the workplace. Based on the Mozilla Open Badges infrastructure.

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Open Badges for Training and Professional Development

  1. 1. Open Badges Visualizing Career Pathways Training & Professional Development Version July 29, 2016 Presentation support page:
  2. 2. Education à la carte
  3. 3. 70:20:10 Not all learning takes place in the classroom Estimated time spent in school and informal learning environments. Best available statistics on how much time people at different points across the lifespan spend in formal instructional environments in a calendar year. (Reproduced with permission of The LIFE Center.) Continuing Education learning delivery model at DeakinPrime (Australia) “Balances the need for you to practise and learn in the workplace while providing you with the foundational understanding required to reposition your mind.”
  4. 4. Trends in Professional Credentialing • Use technology to: • reduce waste (paper, effort) • increase quality • Re-use credential information for: • onboarding • HR planning • performance review • Accreditation • Quality Assurance, systemic analysis • Enable “continuous credentialing” SEER Health: The Future of Provider Credentialing
  5. 5. Employers want competency credentials April 2015
  6. 6. Diplomas & Certificates: “Paper Silos” Transparency issues  “Dumb” paper often needs other documents, e.g. syllabus  Proxy only – not the “whole story”  Easy to forge Physical issues  Difficult to share, easy to lose Recognition issues  Lack of granularity  Lack of context  no links to supporting evidence  Experiential learning not valued  Lack of alignment, transfer, articulation (“stackability”)
  7. 7. History of Badge Recognition Authority Badge Tracking Android App Since pre-Roman times... Blue Light Achievement Affiliation Skills Military Scouting Heraldry
  8. 8. A digital representation of an accomplishment, interest or affiliation that is visual, available online and contains metadata including trusted links that help explain the context, meaning, process and result of an activity. As an open artefact, the earner can present the badge in different contexts from which it was earned. What is an Open Badge? Micro-credential – portable record of learning Clear progress markers motivating learners, supporting advisors Flexible learning pathways granular, incremental, multi- source, laddered, remixable Visual branding issuers and earners Online trust system demonstrate skills & capabilities proof of performance backed by issuer
  9. 9. What is an Open Badge? Different perspectives… “…a simple digital standard for recognizing and sharing achievements, skills and performance over networks.” SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT A micro-credential A discrete record in a modular transcript TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION A portable “smart” graphic with an embedded description and links to supporting information FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT A reward for positive (prescribed) behaviour A marker on a development path
  10. 10. Some uses of badges can be combined... Recognize Status & Membership Reputation Group affiliation Keep artefacts Souvenirs of experience Motivate learning “Game mechanics” Set goals (missions) Track progress Set goals Learning pathways Assess & Recognize Learning Formal, non-formal, informal Fill recognition gaps not currently well- served
  11. 11. Open Badges & social media Curated in ePortfolio Interactive criteria Pulled from Backpack LinkedIn Profile Facebook timeline
  12. 12. A new skills ecosystem Open Badges, micro-portfolios in social networks Going digital helps… searchingdeconstructingvalidating aligning sharingcombiningassessing “valorizing”
  13. 13. How do Open Badges support recognition?
  14. 14. Early Trends Summary • c. 10m eCredentials, 1000’s of issuers • Early adoption hot spots: • After school, community programs (youth) • Professionalization and PD (esp. educators) • conferences, workshops, online courses, self-directed learning • Product training (esp. ICT), digital literacy • Continuing Education • Business Soft Skills • Testing Recognition • Pre-employment
  15. 15. Professionalization & PD Unregulated: •AXELOS •HR Certification Institute •AACE (total cost management) •Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) •International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) •ASIS International Regulated: •American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics •Institute of Management Accountants •Association of Clinical Research Professionals
  16. 16. Regulator & Sector Council: 192,000 workers in Scotland  Work based qualifications:  enter with little education, achieve a degree  Open Badges to recognized informal learning  Potential for formalized RPL later
  17. 17. Community Learning for Educators educause Community Service Communications Leadership Development Awards Subject Matter Development
  18. 18. Technology product training Sample issuers: •IBM •Adobe •Oracle • Autodesk •Hortonworks
  19. 19. Business Soft Skills
  20. 20. Business soft skills training
  21. 21. Deakin University Recognizing Employability Soft Skills “Communication is the fundamental generic skill needed to attain employment and to engage in professional written, oral and interpersonal communication with colleagues, clients and the general public.”
  22. 22. Lipscomb University/Polaris Fortune 500 Competency Performance Model “CORE measures 15 competencies on a badge system, which is based on a nationally respected and Fortune 500-proven competency performance model—the Polaris Assessment System. Companies already utilizing this system include Nike, PetSmart, Disney, Mars, Wendy’s among many others.” CORE_brochure
  23. 23. Continuing Education
  24. 24. Workforce vision: Open Badges City & Guilds (UK vocational qualifications body)
  25. 25. What’s happening in Canada?
  26. 26. Early Adopters in Canada Education (incl PD) Community Workplace
  27. 27. Leadership Training - BC • Issued: 952 • Accepted: 220 • Accepted on LinkedIn: 92% • Little/no support needed ENDORSEMENT:
  28. 28. What does all this mean?
  29. 29. Open Badges & workplace learning Filter new hires Track internal training Broker external training Recognize informal, experiential learning Build skills passports, eportfolios Assemble teams Build organizational portfolios Develop careers, groom talent Benefits for employers
  30. 30. A new skills currency Open Badges, ePortfolios &“Badge Passports” Trustable, easy to understand Transparent criteria, evidence, issue/expiry date Flexible alignment to frameworks, requirements, training plans Issuing organization is validated and branded by the badges it issues; maintains ongoing connection to earners Learner centred, employer friendly Visually efficient and appealing Engages, builds confidence, provides continuing feedback Individual pathways, multiple sources of learning Formal non-formal informal learning Modular, stackable, diverse, re-mixable, portable, shareable Programs not completed can be partially recognized and recombined Add evidence, reflection as appropriate Drill down to specifics or roll up into larger outcomes Combined in badge passports and ePortfolios Common standard for skills exchange
  31. 31. FREE FOR BADGE EARNERS Accept Store Display Share SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR BADGE ISSUERS Free trial Create Issue Manage Track Open Badge eCredentialing for Canada
  32. 32. A flexible system Mozilla Backpack Personal Websites Other Badge Platforms Display remotely LinkedIn Facebook ePortfolios Online Communities FREE FOR BADGE EARNERS Accept Store Display Share Display directly Pages VideoFiles Links Text Single Badges Badges SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR BADGE ISSUERS Create Issue Manage Track eLearning Platforms ePortfolio Platforms Community Platforms WordPress (CMS) Issue remotely Issue directly Manual, bulk issue Milestone Badges Badge Applications Issuer Networks Claim codes
  33. 33. @donpresant @CanCredCA