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Open Badges
...more than
Gamification or Gold Stars
Educational Developers Caucus
February 13, 2014
Don Presant
LONGER PRE...
70:20:10 Rule
Not all learning takes place in the classroom
deakinprime.com
wikipedia.org
Personal Learning Networks
Learning about learning never stops
Alec Couros 2010
“Paper Silos”
Issues with certification today
• Transparency issues
– “Dumb” paper often needs other
documents, e.g. sylla...
Open Badges
“micro-portfolios”
What are Open Badges?
Brief introduction
bit.ly/openbadges4tpd
Origins of Badges
• Since pre-Roman
times
• Heraldry, Military,
Blue Light, Boy Scouts
• Public recognition:
achievement,
...
A digital representation of an accomplishment,
interest or affiliation that is visual, available
online, and contains meta...
www.badgealliance.org/why-badges/
A modular skills ecosystem
Open Badges and “Micro-portfolios”
“Going Digital” helps:
• S...
Open Badges & Social Media
Curated in ePortfolio…
Interactive criteria…
LinkedIn Profile…
Facebook timeline…
Pulled from B...
What is an Open Badge?
Different perspectives…
TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION
• A portable graphic with an embedded description and...
How do Open Badges
support learning?
Emerging public policy: US
Secretary of Education
Badges can help speed the shift from credentials that
simply measure sea...
Emerging public policy: UK
Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise
“In broad terms, the conferring of an Open Badge
on...
Some uses of badges
Can be combined...
• Motivate learning
– “Game mechanics”:
• Set goals (missions), evaluate, track pro...
Badge Pathways
Mozilla “Discover” (Gates funding)
http://discover.openbadges.org/
MATURE
ADULT
YOUTH
Open Badges: Lifelong, Lifewide Learning
LOW
STAKES
HIGH
STAKES
Volunteer
Experience
Work
Placements
Af...
Open University, UK
Student engagement and retention
http://www.olds.ac.uk/badges
See analysis: MOOC Badging and the Learn...
Purdue University
Balancing Badges with Grades
Video playlist:
http://www.savvyfolio.net/user/don/open-badges-and-higher-e...
Digital Badges vs. Grades
Purdue University
Open Badges Grades
Learner control over
presentation and
“ownership”
A-F gradi...
Badges and OER at BYU
David Wiley makes you work…
https://learn.canvas.net/courses/4
OPENedX
Open Badges and MOOCs
figshare.com
Deakin University
Badges for Employability Soft Skills
t.co/ior8y5pbqe
Recognizing Co-Curricular Learning
University of Michigan
“Badging the Badger”
Open Badges for Teacher Development
The California School-Age Consortium:
Europe - Adult Education Ma...
Community Educator PD
• Community Service
• Communications
• Leadership Development
• Awards
• Subject Matter Development
...
Emerging in Canada
Early Adopters (#badgeCAN)
MSF Canada -> International
PLEs for Humanitarian Workers
Other
Humanitarian LMSs
OCBA
OCG
New MSF role?
HRIS/ERP
Systems
...
A new skills currency
Open Badges, ePortfolios &“Badge Passports”
• Visually efficient and appealing
– Engages, builds con...
How do I get started?
Are Open Badges for You?
Some questions to ask
• Behavioural goals?
– Engagement, feedback, recognition, development...?
–...
Open Badges and EDC?
Inspired by Action Groups...for validation
• Evidence for portfolios
• Flexible recognition of Centre...
Getting started
DIY versus Supported
• Do It Yourself
– Explore: earn a badge, display a badge
– Experiment: design a badg...
don@learningagents.ca
Twitter: donpresant
ePortfolio: donpresant.ca
Savvyfolio.net
PRESENTATION SUPPORT PAGE:
bit.ly/openb...
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Open Badges...more than Gamification or Gold Stars

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A shorter version of my living deck for Higher Education. Prepared for the Educational Developers Caucus, held in Winnipeg in 2015. This version emphasizes educator PD at the expense of student employability.

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Open Badges...more than Gamification or Gold Stars

  1. 1. Open Badges ...more than Gamification or Gold Stars Educational Developers Caucus February 13, 2014 Don Presant LONGER PRESENTATION PAGE: http://bit.ly/openbadges4he
  2. 2. 70:20:10 Rule Not all learning takes place in the classroom deakinprime.com wikipedia.org
  3. 3. Personal Learning Networks Learning about learning never stops Alec Couros 2010
  4. 4. “Paper Silos” Issues with certification today • Transparency issues – “Dumb” paper often needs other documents, e.g. syllabus – Proxy only – not the “whole story” – Easy to forge • Recognition issues – Lack of granularity – Lack of context • links to supporting evidence – Experiential learning not valued – Lack of alignment, transfer, articulation (“stackability”) • Physical issues – Difficult to share, easy to lose freedesignfile.com/92259
  5. 5. Open Badges “micro-portfolios”
  6. 6. What are Open Badges? Brief introduction bit.ly/openbadges4tpd
  7. 7. Origins of Badges • Since pre-Roman times • Heraldry, Military, Blue Light, Boy Scouts • Public recognition: achievement, affiliation, authority www.britishbadgeforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7253 metronews.ca/ Badge Tracking Android App
  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. • Clear progress markers – Motivating learners, supporting advisors • Flexible learning pathways – Granular, incremental, multi-source, laddered, remixable • Visual branding – Issuers and learners • Online trust system – Demonstrate skills & capabilities – Proof of performance – Backed by issuer What is an Open Badge? Micro credentials - modular record of learning
  9. 9. www.badgealliance.org/why-badges/ A modular skills ecosystem Open Badges and “Micro-portfolios” “Going Digital” helps: • Sharing, searching • Validating, “valorizing” – Assessing, aligning, combining, separating
  10. 10. Open Badges & Social Media Curated in ePortfolio… Interactive criteria… LinkedIn Profile… Facebook timeline… Pulled from Backpack…
  11. 11. What is an Open Badge? Different perspectives… TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION • A portable graphic with an embedded description and links to supporting information FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT • A reward for positive (prescribed) behaviour • A marker on a development path SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT • A micro-credential • A discrete record in a modular transcript …a simple digital standard for recognizing and sharing achievements, skills and performance
  12. 12. How do Open Badges support learning?
  13. 13. Emerging public policy: US Secretary of Education Badges can help speed the shift from credentials that simply measure seat time, to ones that more accurately measure competency. We must accelerate that transition. And badges can help account for formal and informal learning in a variety of settings. Today's technology-enabled, information-rich, deeply interconnected world means learning not only can – but should – happen anywhere, anytime. We need to recognize these experiences, whether the environments are physical or online, and whether learning takes place in schools, colleges or adult education centers, or in afterschool, workplace, military or community settings. Arne Duncan Sep 2011 www.ed.gov/news/speeches/digital-badges-learning
  14. 14. Emerging public policy: UK Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise “In broad terms, the conferring of an Open Badge on a learner is similar to the award of a qualification certificate, and the same quality standards must be ensured. The emerging opportunities offered by Open Badges in the areas of peer assessment, employer partnership, learning analytics and the engagement of learners means that it should be considered in learning technology at various levels. We will encourage Awarding Organisations, Ofqual and Ofsted to be aware of the potential of this technology.” Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) recommendations: government response Matthew Hancock, June 2014
  15. 15. Some uses of badges Can be combined... • Motivate learning – “Game mechanics”: • Set goals (missions), evaluate, track progress • Provide learning pathways • Recognize status, reputation, group affiliation • Keep souvenir of experience • Assess, recognize learning – Formal, non-formal, informal – Fill recognition gaps not currently well-served transformingassessment.com/TA_webinar_5_mar_2014_Simon_Cross.pdf
  16. 16. Badge Pathways Mozilla “Discover” (Gates funding) http://discover.openbadges.org/
  17. 17. MATURE ADULT YOUTH Open Badges: Lifelong, Lifewide Learning LOW STAKES HIGH STAKES Volunteer Experience Work Placements After School Programs Classroom Engagement Workplace Engagement Personal Learning MOOCs Co-Curricular Record Workshops P/T & Summer Jobs Admission to Higher Ed Admission to Post Grad Schools Job Hire Conferences Recognition of Prior Learning Employability Portfolio Career Transition Promotion Communities of Practice Memberships, Affiliations Awards, Achievements Team Building “Hard” Credentials “Soft” Credentials Red Cross, Cadets, Scouts, etc. E-learning Courses Formative Feedback Awards, Achievements Continuing Education
  18. 18. Open University, UK Student engagement and retention http://www.olds.ac.uk/badges See analysis: MOOC Badging and the Learning Arc Open Learning Design Studio (OLDS) MOOC
  19. 19. Purdue University Balancing Badges with Grades Video playlist: http://www.savvyfolio.net/user/don/open-badges-and-higher-education
  20. 20. Digital Badges vs. Grades Purdue University Open Badges Grades Learner control over presentation and “ownership” A-F grading system focuses on extrinsic, opaque and sorting-based assessment Transparency of learner attainments and mastery Grades are not reliable indicators of actual skills/knowledge (Often) provide specific evidence for learner attainments from lifewide contexts Do not address formal learning Adapted from Bill Watson, PurduePoly 2014 (YouTube )
  21. 21. Badges and OER at BYU David Wiley makes you work… https://learn.canvas.net/courses/4
  22. 22. OPENedX Open Badges and MOOCs figshare.com
  23. 23. Deakin University Badges for Employability Soft Skills t.co/ior8y5pbqe
  24. 24. Recognizing Co-Curricular Learning University of Michigan
  25. 25. “Badging the Badger” Open Badges for Teacher Development The California School-Age Consortium: Europe - Adult Education Made Accessible: PROJECT UNDERWAY • Accessibility Quality Badges for Adult Education Providers • Accessibility Competency Badges for Experts
  26. 26. Community Educator PD • Community Service • Communications • Leadership Development • Awards • Subject Matter Development educause Inspiration for EDC? Educause
  27. 27. Emerging in Canada Early Adopters (#badgeCAN)
  28. 28. MSF Canada -> International PLEs for Humanitarian Workers Other Humanitarian LMSs OCBA OCG New MSF role? HRIS/ERP Systems Performance Management System Talent Management System Document Repository Project Management System Talent Pipeline Recruitment Induction Formative Assessment Gap Training Team Building Performance Management Talent Management Experience Achievements Professional Development Career Development Leadership Development SME Specialization Career Change Outplacement External Performance Support Just Ask Google, Ask YouTube External repositories PLN/Communities of Practice social media Coaching and Mentoring OCB Other External Learning MOOCs, self-directed OER, PLN/Communities of Practice formal->informal, online / F2F experiential, etc. New mission? New career? Academic recognition? Badge Passport / ePortfolio
  29. 29. A new skills currency Open Badges, ePortfolios &“Badge Passports” • Visually efficient and appealing – Engages, builds confidence, provides continuing feedback • Individual pathways, multiple sources of learning – Formal <---> non-formal <---> informal learning – Modular, stackable, diverse, remixable, 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 & ePortfolios • Common standard for skills exchange • 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
  30. 30. How do I get started?
  31. 31. Are Open Badges for You? Some questions to ask • Behavioural goals? – Engagement, feedback, recognition, development...? – Skills frameworks? • Value add? – Worth the effort? Filling a void? • Redeemable worth? – What would your badges “buy”? – Have you talked to employers? • Champions? – Internal leadership? Employers in the community? • Sustainability? – Cost structure? Who will maintain & improve it over time?
  32. 32. Open Badges and EDC? Inspired by Action Groups...for validation • Evidence for portfolios • Flexible recognition of Centre Programs & Courses for ED professional development? – SEDA accredited, plus other public/internal programs & courses ->transparent outcomes, options for embedded evidence, emerging potential for alignment • Support for Rewards and Recognition? • An element of Community of Practice? – Expertise/interest, mentor/mentee, peer recognition, online activity...
  33. 33. Getting started DIY versus Supported • Do It Yourself – Explore: earn a badge, display a badge – Experiment: design a badge, design a small badge system – Pilot, build internal support, implement • Supported – Workshops: “Open Badges 101”, “201”... – Train the trainer – Design and implementation support – Technology support • Technology choices – Make your own (open source) – Software as a Service Badge Canvas Design Principles Card Deck
  34. 34. don@learningagents.ca Twitter: donpresant ePortfolio: donpresant.ca Savvyfolio.net PRESENTATION SUPPORT PAGE: bit.ly/openbadges4he

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