OU Symposium
The role of badging for recognising
skills, abilities and learning
Grainne Hamilton @grainnehamilton
http://g...
Introductions
Grainne Hamilton
Education Consultant
- RSC Scotland, Jisc
- Discovery Project, Mozilla
Twitter: @grainneham...
A digital future
3
The web is increasingly being used for:
Communication
Work
Professional
profiles
Learning
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Open Badges
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A digital accreditation infrastructure
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»Digital credentials –
called Open Badges
Open Badges
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Information infused images
From Flickr by dun-deagh
Open Badges
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Information infused digital images
Image by Kyle Bowen
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»Assessments and
identification of learning,
attributes and competencies
»An open infrastructure...
Badge Backpack
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Online store for earner’s badges
Can display on: Professional profiles, e.g. Link...
Mozilla Discovery Project
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Badge-based pathways to employment
Employer pathways
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Pathway templates
Employer pathways
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Pathway templates
Employer pathways
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Pathway logic
Employer pathways
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Using a pathway as an issuer
»Create a pathway template that makes suggestion...
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Career trees
Employer pathways
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Using a pathway as an earner / prospective employee
» Fill in pathways with badges
»Tell their ...
Mozilla DiscoveryTool
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Web based tool for discovering / completing pathways
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Jisc RSC Scotland
Issuing badges to:
»Accredit the acquisition and
application of digital skills
»...
Jisc RSC Scotland
Digital
Innovator
• iTechs
• Forums
• Webinars
Digital
Leadership
• OBSEG
Members
• Open
Badges
Design D...
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Learning OnLine Badges
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Digital skills courses - completer badges
Learning OnLine Open Badges
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Digital skills courses - Influencer Badge
Open Badges
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What people are saying about Open Badges
“It was nice to see a badges scheme in ope...
Open Badges
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What people are saying about Open Badges
“…while academic achievements can be evide...
Opportunities provided by Open Badges
»Learners can use badges to consider career, learning or
interest-based pathways
»Pr...
Further information
»Mozilla Open Badges
› http://openbadges.org
»Mozilla Discovery Project
› http://discover.openbadges.o...
OU Symposium
The role of badging for recognising
skills, abilities and learning
Grainne Hamilton @grainnehamilton
http://g...
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This presentation provides an introduction to Mozilla's Open Badges Infrastructure and the opportunities an open, standards-based, digital credentialling system can provide. An insight into the Open Badges Discovery project will be provided and consideration given to how badge-based pathways to employment can be used to benefit people who are thinking about what their next step might be - be that education, training or employment.

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  • 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 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.
  • The role of badging for recognising skills, abilities and learning - OU Symposium June 2014

    1. 1. OU Symposium The role of badging for recognising skills, abilities and 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 OU Symposium 09/06/2014 2
    3. 3. A digital future 3 The web is increasingly being used for: Communication Work Professional profiles Learning OU Symposium 09/06/2014
    4. 4. Open Badges OU Symposium 09/06/2014 4 A digital accreditation infrastructure
    5. 5. OU Symposium 09/06/2014 5 »Digital credentials – called Open Badges
    6. 6. Open Badges OU Symposium 09/06/2014 6 Information infused images From Flickr by dun-deagh
    7. 7. Open Badges OU Symposium 09/06/2014 7 Information infused digital images Image by Kyle Bowen
    8. 8. OU Symposium 09/06/2014 8 »Assessments and identification of learning, attributes and competencies »An open infrastructure for issuing, managing and sharing the credentials
    9. 9. Badge Backpack OU Symposium 09/06/2014 9 Online store for earner’s badges Can display on: Professional profiles, e.g. LinkedIn / Blogs / Personal websites / Social media / e-Portfolios...
    10. 10. Mozilla Discovery Project OU Symposium 09/06/2014 10 Badge-based pathways to employment
    11. 11. Employer pathways OU Symposium 09/06/2014 11 Pathway templates
    12. 12. Employer pathways OU Symposium 09/06/2014 12 Pathway templates
    13. 13. Employer pathways OU Symposium 09/06/2014 13 Pathway logic
    14. 14. Employer pathways OU Symposium 09/06/2014 14 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
    15. 15. OU Symposium 09/06/2014 15 Career trees Employer pathways
    16. 16. OU Symposium 09/06/2014 16 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
    17. 17. Mozilla DiscoveryTool OU Symposium 09/06/2014 17 Web based tool for discovering / completing pathways
    18. 18. OU Symposium 09/06/2014 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 18
    19. 19. 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 OU Symposium 09/06/2014 19
    20. 20. OU Symposium 09/06/2014 20
    21. 21. Learning OnLine Badges OU Symposium 09/06/2014 21 Digital skills courses - completer badges
    22. 22. Learning OnLine Open Badges OU Symposium 09/06/2014 22 Digital skills courses - Influencer Badge
    23. 23. Open Badges OU Symposium 09/06/2014 23 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
    24. 24. Open Badges OU Symposium 09/06/2014 24 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
    25. 25. 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 25
    26. 26. 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 OU Symposium 09/06/2014 26
    27. 27. OU Symposium The role of badging for recognising skills, abilities and learning Grainne Hamilton @grainnehamilton http://grainnehamilton.com/

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