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TEAM 2016 - Open Badges and Language Learning

Presentation adapted for a professional ESL (EAL) audience, in Canada, with examples of Open Badges and ePortfolios for language learners and professional educators alike.

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TEAM 2016 - Open Badges and Language Learning

  1. 1. Open Badges and Language Learning TEAM (EAL) Conference May 27, 2016 This presentation on Slideshare:
  2. 2. The long and winding road… Immigrant qualification recognition
  3. 3. Credentialing Trends North American Professionals • 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
  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 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”)
  5. 5. 70:20:10 Rule Not all learning takes place in the classroom Estimated time spent in school and informal learning environments. Best available statistics for a whole year basis on how much time people at different points across the lifespan spend in formal instructional environments. (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.”
  6. 6. Employers want competency credentials April 2015
  7. 7. Education à la carte
  8. 8. Gamification of language learning – Farmville for language? Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR):
  9. 9. Immigrant ePortfolios ISSofBC
  10. 10. Immigrant ePortfolios Language skills and employability Downloadable Résumé Audio Intro Past Projects Certificates Publications
  11. 11. History of Recognition with Badges Authority Badge Tracking Android App Since pre-Roman times... Blue Light Achievement Affiliation Skills Military Scouting Heraldry
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. A new skills ecosystem Open Badges, micro-portfolios in social networks Going digital helps… searchingdeconstructingvalidating aligning sharingcombiningassessing “valorizing”
  14. 14. Open Badges & Social Media Curated in ePortfolio Interactive criteria Pulled from Backpack LinkedIn Profile Facebook timeline
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. Some uses of digital badges Synergies and confusions... Recognize status Reputation Group affiliation Keep artefacts Souvenirs of experience Curation Motivate learning “Game mechanics” Set goals, track progress Personal learning pathways Assess & recognize learning Formal, non-formal, informal Fill recognition gaps
  17. 17. Mapping badgespace
  18. 18. ADULT YOUTH Open Badges: Lifelong, Lifewide Learning LOW STAKES HIGH STAKES Volunteer Experience Work Placements After School Programs Classroom Engagement Workplace Engagement Membership 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 Communities of Practice Memberships, Affiliations Awards, Achievements PD Professional Credentials “Soft” Credentials Red Cross, Cadets, Scouts, etc. E-learning Courses Formative Feedback Awards, Achievements Continuing Education Employee Development
  19. 19. Research, Reflection and Practice
  20. 20. How do Open Badges support recognition?
  21. 21. Early Trends - Summary • c. 10 million badges, thousands of issuers • Early adoption: • After school, community programs (youth) • Professionalization and PD • Product training (esp. ICT) • the “Extended Enterprise” • Business Soft Skills • Continuing, Extended Education • Testing Recognition • Pre-employment
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. PD for Educators “Badging the badger”
  25. 25. Badges for EAL PD TESOL Arabia
  26. 26. Badges for EAL PD English Online
  27. 27. Product training “Educating the Extended Enterprise” Sample issuers: •IBM •Adobe •Oracle • Autodesk •Hortonworks
  28. 28. Business Soft Skills
  29. 29. Continuing, Extended Education “The Extended Institution”
  30. 30. MOOCs Increased completion, certification, engagement
  31. 31. OU’s OpenLearn Badged Open Courses – “student pipeline” Starting with 5 open courses Badges: “Statements of Participation” “does not carry any formal credit towards a qualification as it is not subject to the same rigour as formal assessment.” 1. Taking the first steps into higher education 2. Succeed with learning 3. Succeed with maths – Part 1 4. Succeed with maths – Part 2 5. English: skills for learning Not MOOCs – perpetually open
  32. 32. Language Certification Italian Online PSE Consortium
  33. 33. Migrant language recognition Common European Framework (CEFR) Beuth Hochschule, Berlin
  34. 34. What’s happening in Canada?
  35. 35. Early Adopters in Canada Education (incl PD) Community Workplace
  36. 36. Leadership Training - BC
  37. 37. What does all this mean?
  38. 38. Benefits of 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 Makes learning visual 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
  39. 39. Recognizing Newcomers Ideas for exploration LANGUAGE Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA)  progress tracking, LINC certificates(?), linking to evidence, emerging pathways Self-directed learning achievements, real world “missions”  books/articles read, documents written, and other portfolio inventory tasks  “stretch” assignments in the real world (e.g. conversations with strangers) External language programs, assessments  IELTS, Rosetta Stone, Tell Me More,, MOOCs, etc. EMPLOYABILITY Essential Skills assessments  Computer, Document Use, etc. - TOWES, Prove It, Microsoft... Courses/workshops taken Affiliations (e.g. Toastmasters, professional associations) Volunteer service, other experiential learning Summary credentials (“work ready”, etc. if available) Language Learning Employability
  40. 40. Recognizing Newcomer Educators Ideas for Professional Development Conference badges Participant, Presenter, “Networker”, “Reflector”, etc. Other non-formal learning Workshops, webinars (e.g. TEAM Talks), ConEd courses, MOOCs Online community service Resource development, sharing, peer coaching/mentoring Awards and recognition Including “honourable mentions” and short lists Professional affiliations Association memberships Formal Learning, Certification PBLA, TESL Canada... ? ... stored in an ePortfolio or “Badge Passport” with other evidence
  41. 41. Professional Frameworks to Consider BCSAP Competency Dictionary 1. Settlement, Culture and Multiculturalism 2. Accountability and Professional Ethics 3. Groups and Relationships 4. Communication 5. Human Rights and Advocacy 6. Community 7. Systems and Organizations 8. Critical thinking and problem solving ROLE SPECIFIC COMPETENCIESCOMMON COMPETENCIES 9a. Management of Immigrant Services 9b. Admin Support of Immigrant Services 9c. English Language Instruction Adult learning principles, Canadian Language Benchmarks, assessment strategies, socio- political awareness, Special Needs, EdTech, etc. 9d. Settlement Support 9e. Child Care Provision 9f. Volunteer Coordination 9g. Job Search and Career Planning Complete Competency Dictionary British Columbia Settlement and Adaptation Program (BCSAP)
  42. 42. Professional Frameworks to Consider British Council – Continuing Prof. Development 1. Starting Learning the principles 2. Newly qualified Putting principles into practice 3. Developing Building confidence and skills 4. Proficient Demonstrating confidence, experience and reflection 5. Advanced Exemplifying good practice 6. Specialist Leading and advising Conferences Research ReflectionObservationMentoringMembership Teaching Materials Books and Magazines Groups Workshops Formal Training Specialization ACTIVITIES FRAMEWORK STAGES
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  44. 44. 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 Secure, sustainable, flexible 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
  45. 45. Plugins and integrations Coming soon:
  46. 46. CanCred Factory Soft launch
  47. 47. Earn Open Badges, Share from Passport You can explore for free Claim an Open Badge based on interest, set up Passport (easy) Claim an Open Badge based on evidence (harder!)
  48. 48. @donpresant