Exploring the Potential of Open Badges in Blog-Based University Courses

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Exploring the Potential of Open Badges in Blog-Based University Courses

  1. 1. Exploring the Potential of Open Badges in Blog- Based University Courses Hans Põldoja, Mart Laanpere Tallinn University 1st International Workshop on Open Badges in Education (OBIE2014) Tallinn, Estonia, 17 August 2014
  2. 2. Blog-based courses
  3. 3. Assessment issues in blog- based courses • Private grading in open learning environment • Recognizing the learning outcomes of informal participants
  4. 4. Badge design patterns?
  5. 5. Composite badges Blog posts on each of the 13 course topics OpenEd Overview Badge In-depth blog posts on 3 selected course topics OpenEd Researcher Badge (Wiley, 2013)
  6. 6. Activity-based badges N blog posts or tweets Activity Badge N received comments or retweets Quality Badge Completed milestone or assignment Result Badge (Santos, Charleer, Parra, Klerkx, Duval, & Verbert, 2013)
  7. 7. Grade-based badges 95% of points or more Gold Badge 85% of points or more Silver Badge 75% of points or more Bronze Badge (Rughiniș & Matei, 2013)
  8. 8. Hierarchical badges Course Level Badge Project Level Badge Lower Level Badge Lower Level Badge Lower Level Badge Project Level Badge Lower Level Badge Lower Level Badge Lower Level Badge (Randall, Harrison, & West, 2013)
  9. 9. Our proposal: outcome- based badges
  10. 10. Basic knowledge badges Basic knowledge on learning objects and repositories Basic knowledge on authoring tools Basic knowledge on computer- based assessment Basic knowledge on new technologies Basic knowledge on copyright of digital learning resources Basic knowledge on quality of digital learning resources Content package author Assessment test author e-Textbook author Advanced knowledge on learning objects and repositories Advanced knowledge on authoring tools Advanced knowledge on computer-based assessment Advanced knowledge on new technologies Advanced knowledge on copyright of digital learning resources Advanced knowledge on quality of digital learning resources Blogging assignment 1 Blogging assignment 2 Blogging assignment 3 Blogging assignment 4 Blogging assignment 5 Group assignment on developing a digital learning resource Blogging assignment 6 Literature review Describing the advantages and disadvantages of learning objects approach Searching for learning objects from learning object repositories by metadata and licenses Creating simple content packages, tests and e- textbooks, and describing these with metadata Following copyright principles for digital learning resources Evaluating the quality of a learning resources using an evaluation framework Using one authoring tool to create a more comprehensive digital learning resource Analyzing the current issues, research studies and trends in one sub- topic related to digital learning resources Learning outcomes Assignments Advanced knowledge badges Skills badges
  11. 11. Students' perspectives on Open Badges • Main benefits: feeling of recognition and confirmation about accepted assignments • Badges would become more valuable, if they are used in several courses, not as a one time experiment • Students are interested in recognizing prior learning with badges
  12. 12. Recommendations for future courses • Offer at least two levels of badges for each assignment • Provide more choice of different badges / learning paths • Visual aesthetics of badges is also important for learners
  13. 13. Food for thought • Extending the badge metadata (“weight”, etc) • Combining outcome-based badges with other types of badges • Student-designed and student-awarded badges for peer-assessment • Combing personal learning contracts and badges
  14. 14. References • Wiley, D.: Assignments: Introduction to Openness in Education, https:// learn.canvas.net/courses/4/assignments • Santos, J.L., Charleer, S., Parra, G., Klerkx, J., Duval, E., Verbert, K.: Evaluating the Use of Open Badges in an Open Learning Environment. In: Hernández-Leo, D., Ley, T., Klamma, R., Harrer, A. (eds) EC-TEL 2013. LNCS, vol. 8095, pp. 314–327. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg (2013) • Rughiniș, R., Matei, S.: Digital Badges: Signposts and Claims of Achievement. In: Stephanidis, S. (ed) HCI International 2013 - Posters’ Extended Abstracts, pp. 84–88. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg (2013) • Randall, D.L., Harrison, J.B., West, R.E.: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: Designing Open Badges for a Technology Integration Course. TechTrends. 57, 88–95 (2013)
  15. 15. Thank You! Mart Laanpere ! mart.laanpere@tlu.ee @martlaa Hans Põldoja ! hans.poldoja@tlu.ee @hanspoldoja http://www.hanspoldoja.net

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