Open Thinking, Open Learning - D14 May 2014

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Encouraging positive learning behaviours, recognising a wide variety of skills, attributes and understanding, enhancing motivation, developing digital identities… are just some of the aspirations people have been using Open Badges to support. Open Badges are part of an open infrastructure that enables digital credentials to be issued, earned and shared across the web. In this presentation I discuss some Open Badge developments happening in Scotland and further afield, including work I have been doing with Mozilla on the Discovery project, which is working with industry in the US to develop badge-based pathways to employment.

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  • Go to ‘View’ menu > ‘Header and Footer…’ to edit the footers on this slide (click ‘Apply’ to change only the currently selected slide, or ‘Apply to All’ to change the footers on all slides).
  • When an employer is receiving hundreds if not thousands of applications for a job, how do your students stand out from the crowd? What can help differentiate one student from another as having more pertinent skills, attributes or achievements for that position? We know employers are keen to know more about those additional skills or attributes, the so-called soft or additional skills that can help someone flourish in the workplace
    - How do we help employers see them?
  • Go to ‘View’ menu > ‘Header and Footer…’ to edit the footers on this slide (click ‘Apply’ to change only the currently selected slide, or ‘Apply to All’ to change the footers on all slides).
  • When an employer is receiving hundreds if not thousands of applications for a job, how do your students stand out from the crowd? What can help differentiate one student from another as having more pertinent skills, attributes or achievements for that position? We know employers are keen to know more about those additional skills or attributes, the so-called soft or additional skills that can help someone flourish in the workplace
    - How do we help employers see them?
  • Go to ‘View’ menu > ‘Header and Footer…’ to edit the footers on this slide (click ‘Apply’ to change only the currently selected slide, or ‘Apply to All’ to change the footers on all slides).
  • When an employer is receiving hundreds if not thousands of applications for a job, how do your students stand out from the crowd? What can help differentiate one student from another as having more pertinent skills, attributes or achievements for that position? We know employers are keen to know more about those additional skills or attributes, the so-called soft or additional skills that can help someone flourish in the workplace
    - How do we help employers see them?
  • Increasingly many of the ways in which we work, communicate and learn involve the online environment.
    Increasingly employers and recruitment agencies are also using the online environment to find potential candidates for jobs.
    - So how can we help meet the needs of digital learners and also help students to stand out and demonstrate their employability in the online environment?
  • Mozilla have developed an open infrastructure which allows anyone to earn, issue and share digital credentials across the web.
  • The most obvious part of the system are probably the badges, the digital credentials.
  • Open Badges are information infused images. This concept is nothing new, think of coats of arms or kite marks – the images provide information to the viewer
  • So what is a badge?
    Online, visual representations of achievements, skills, attributes, learning, competencies, contributions etc
    Digital badges with metadata baked in – these include criteria and can include evidence
    Align to a standard developed by an international community
    Underpinned by the Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) developed by Mozilla
    Provide an opportunity to capture and demonstrate some of those skills that are not currently explicit in an academic qualification, such as soft skills like presentation and communication skills, employability skills like leadership, the ability to mentor others, being a good team player and so on
  • The open infrastructure is key to ensuring the credentials or badges, are not locked away in closed systems but that earners can display these credentials in whichever online platform they find useful.
  • Earners store their badges in a badgepack. Currently there is only one provided by Mozilla but as it is an open infrastructure, there is scope for other providers to create their own badge stores for providers to create their own. Earners can then choose to add their badges or groups of badges to online platforms such as recruitment sites, professional profile sites, on their own blogs, personal websites etc.
  • We have been exploring the potential of Open Badges at the Jisc RSC Scotland for over 2 years and piloting them with our courses and other services. Here is a quote from one of our participants. Borders College, who Suzanne will talk about in more detail soon have also been issuing badges this year, and can see clear potential for them. The Vice-Principal comments how they can help to motivate learning, improve retention and help learners stand out in the jobs market.
  • For any new accreditation system to be worthwhile, it must be useful for employers. Tom Caira, the Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board (Computing) at UWS which has around 80 members from the computing industry including large multi-nationals to local employers, talks about how he believes Open Badges could help to evidence some of the attributes employers are looking for.
  • Open Thinking, Open Learning - D14 May 2014

    1. 1. D14 Glasgow OpenThinking, Open Learning Grainne Hamilton @grainnehamilton http://grainnehamilton.com/
    2. 2. Introductions Grainne Hamilton Education Consultant - RSC Scotland, Jisc - Discovery Project, Mozilla Twitter: @grainnehamilton Web: grainnehamilton.com D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 2
    3. 3. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 3 »A challenge for prospective employees
    4. 4. Standing out from the crowd D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 4 From Flickr by James Cridland Demonstrating the right mix of skills and attributes for the job
    5. 5. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 5 »A challenge for employers
    6. 6. Choosing the right person from the crowd D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 6 From Flickr by James Cridland Finding the person with the right mix of skills and attributes
    7. 7. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 7 »A challenge for everyone
    8. 8. Keeping up D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 8 Austin Marathon Runner by Charlie Llewellin CC BY-SA 20 from Flickr Continuing to learn new skills as digital literacies develop
    9. 9. A digital future D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 9 The web is increasingly being used for: Communication Work Professional profiles Learning
    10. 10. Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 10 A digital accreditation infrastructure
    11. 11. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 11 »Digital credentials – called Open Badges
    12. 12. Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 12 Information infused images From Flickr by dun-deagh
    13. 13. Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 13 Information infused digital images Image by Kyle Bowen
    14. 14. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 14 »Assessments and identification of learning, attributes and competencies »An open infrastructure for issuing, managing and sharing the credentials
    15. 15. Badge Backpack D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 15 Online store for earner’s badges Can display on: Professional profiles, e.g. LinkedIn / Blogs / Personal websites / Social media / e-Portfolios...
    16. 16. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 Jisc RSC Scotland Issuing badges to: »Accredit the acquisition and application of digital skills »Recognise contribution to the learning of others »Reward the sharing of practice »Increase the learning of the sector »Motivate engagement with Jisc services Recognising digital skills development From Flickr by justus.thane 16
    17. 17. Jisc RSC Scotland Digital Innovator • iTechs • Forums • Webinars Digital Leadership • OBSEG Members • Open Badges Design Day • Assessment Summit Digital Practitioner • Learning OnLine courses • F2F workshops • Day events Current Open Badge Series http://www.rsc-scotland.org/?page_id=3080 D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 17
    18. 18. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 18
    19. 19. Learning OnLine Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 19 Digital skills courses - Completer badges
    20. 20. Learning OnLine Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 20 Digital skills courses – Influencer badge
    21. 21. Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 21 What people are saying about Open Badges “It was nice to see a badges scheme in operation. I really did think that collecting badges incentivised my participation.” Participant, Jisc e-Assessment for Learning course
    22. 22. Open Badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 22 What people are saying about Open Badges “…while academic achievements can be evidenced by an…academic transcript, there is no such evidence of so-called soft skills – the personal attributes that enhance a graduate’s work ethic, job performance, interaction with work colleagues and, ultimately, their career prospects. I am convinced that Open Badges can …evidence the development of these personal attributes in a way that is recognisable to, and trusted by, employers.” TomCaira, Chair of the IndustrialAdvisory Board (Computing). University of theWest of Scotland
    23. 23. What is in a badge? Cycle through these to ensure appropriate badges, a flexible badge system and consistent badge brand D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 23 Design considerations Key considerations include: »Badge systems design »Badge content design »Badge brand design
    24. 24. Badge content design D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 24 Considerations »Who is your badge is for? »Why would someone want to earn the badge? »What: › Skills / Attributes / Understanding are represented by the badge? › Behaviours do you want to encourage? › Criteria is required to earn the badge? › Evidence will be linked to (if at all)? › Modes of assessment are appropriate? › Endorsement agreements, channels will you use? › Systems, tags, sustainability requirements are there?
    25. 25. Badge system design D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 25 Considerations »What do you want to badge and why? »Ensure your badge system can grow »Think about constellations and pathways From Flickr by Kris Williams
    26. 26. Badge brand design D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 26 Considerations »How will the badge visual design represent you? »What consistent visual identifiers will you use for key elements of your badges? »Who will design your badge brand design? »What systems or tools will you use to design your badge?
    27. 27. Mozilla Discovery Project D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 27 Badge-based pathways to employment
    28. 28. Employer pathways D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 28 Pathway templates
    29. 29. Employer pathways D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 29 Pathway templates
    30. 30. Employer pathways D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 30 Pathway logic
    31. 31. Employer pathways D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 31 Using a pathway as an issuer »Create a pathway template that makes suggestions for particular jobs »Creates a clear statement about the employer’s needs » Provides opportunity to highlight badges linked to learning opportunities, eg Mozilla Web Literacy badges
    32. 32. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 32 Career trees Employer pathways
    33. 33. D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 33 Using a pathway as an earner / prospective employee » Fill in pathways with badges »Tell their story »Set goals (unearned badges) » Plan a career »Copy pathways to explore options Earner / employee pathways
    34. 34. Mozilla DiscoveryTool D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 34 Web based tool for discovering / completing pathways
    35. 35. Opportunities provided by Open Badges »Learners can use badges to consider career, learning or interest-based pathways »Provide evidence of skills and attributes not picked up in formal qualifications »Showcase these in online professional profiles »Employers can search online to identify individuals with the right mix of skills and attributes for a specific job »Access evidence of what has been badged »Create and influence relationships through endorsement of badges D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 35
    36. 36. Further information »Mozilla Open Badges › http://openbadges.org »Mozilla Discovery Project › http://discover.openbadges.org/ »Jisc RSC Scotland Open Badges › http://www.rsc-scotland.org/?page_id=2223 »Open Badges case studies › rsc-scotland.org/?tag=open-badges »Open Badges blog posts › http://bit.ly/openbadgesposts »Open Badges in Scottish Education Group › http://bit.ly/obseg D14 - Open Thinking, Open Learning 30/05/2014 36
    37. 37. D14 Glasgow OpenThinking, Open Learning Grainne Hamilton @grainnehamilton http://grainnehamilton.com/

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