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Open Badges for Migrant Academics

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Open Badges as digital micro-credentials for migrant academics in the qualification program BeuthBonus, IQ Netzwerk Berlin

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Open Badges for Migrant Academics

  1. 1. Open Badges for Migrant Academics Prof. Dr. Ilona Buchem Twitter: @mediendidaktik Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin Professor for Digital Media & Diversity International Badges Day / 17-11-2015 / CC BY-SA 3.0
  2. 2. • Unemployment in Germany is twice as high among people who have migration background compared to those who do not. • Many migrants hold professional degrees and valuable skills and yet have problems finding adequate employment (the problem of “brain waste” and “precarious working conditions”) • There has been a strong need for expert workforce in specialised fields in Germany and a significant gap between demand and the unused potential (the problem of “skill shortage”) Rationale International Badges Day / Ilona Buchem / 17-11-2015 / CC BY-SA 3.0 More information: http://www.netzwerk-iq.de/english-version.html
  3. 3. IQ Network Integration though Qualification International Badges Day / Ilona Buchem / 17-11-2015 / CC BY-SA 3.0 IQ Program: www.netzwerk-iq.de/
  4. 4. • Improve employment opportunities for people with migration background • Ensure that professional qualifications acquired outside Germany lead to employment appropriate to one’s level of education. • Provide counselling on credential recognition (Recognition Act of 2012) including compensatory measures to attain full recognition to improve integration into the labour market (regulated vs. non-regulated professions). Aims of the IQ Network International Badges Day / Ilona Buchem / 17-11-2015 / CC BY-SA 3.0
  5. 5. Project Credit Points, 2013-2014 International Badges Day / Ilona Buchem / 17-11-2015 / CC BY-SA 3.0 Project website: creditpoints.beuth-hochschule.de • 25 participants • 50% female/male • 12 countries • 20 STEM degrees • 50% employment attainment at program end (adequate to the degree) + later positive career changes
  6. 6. Project BeuthBonus, 2015-2018 International Badges Day / Ilona Buchem / 17-11-2015 / CC BY-SA 3.0 Project website: beuthbonus.beuth-hochschule.de • 40 participants p.a. • 50% female/male • STEM degrees • IT-related careers 12 Nov 2015 Kick-off with first 7 participants from e.g. Greece, Syria, Afghanistan, Kenya. Goals:
  7. 7. BeuthBonus - Advisory Board International Badges Day / Ilona Buchem / 17-11-2015 / CC BY-SA 3.0 • help understand labor market / employer requirements • co-define competencies for employment • advise and co-design relevant credentials • endorsers Open Badges Organisations from the IT / Digital Business Goals: Cooperations, e.g. Berlin public transport company (BVG)
  8. 8. Approaches to Open Badges International Badges Day / Ilona Buchem / 17-11-2015 / CC BY-SA 3.0 2013-2014 Migrant academics with technical degrees 2013-2014 Migrant academics with IT-related degrees Observe - Explore - Supply • observe personal development • explore individual potentials • award individual badges Define - Develop - Request • define employment-relevant skills • develop skills along defined badges • request badges and provide evidence “Badge last” “Badge first”
  9. 9. Self-/diagnose instruments Using ProfilPASS to capture competencies ProfilPASS is a method (biographical, developmental and holistic approach) and an instrument (a set of questions for self-reflection and self-assessment accompanied by expert consulting/coaching on formulation of own goals and professional orientation) to capture individual competencies from formal, non-formal and informal learning contexts. International Badges Day / Ilona Buchem / 17-11-2015 / CC BY-SA 3.0
  10. 10. Digital certificates (2x) OB infrastructure and PDF as supplement PDF supplements mark the transition from electronic to digital! International Badges Day / Ilona Buchem / 17-11-2015 / CC BY-SA 3.0
  11. 11. Key challenges International Badges Day / Ilona Buchem / 17-11-2015 / CC BY-SA 3.0 internal view external view How to balance standardization (efficiency) with personalization (quality) of the badging system? How to create value added for badge-earners when Open Badges are not recognised by employers yet?
  12. 12. Thanks! Ilona Buchem Beuth Hochschule Berlin @mediendidaktik buchem@beuth-hochschule.de International Badges Day / Ilona Buchem / 17-11-2015 / CC BY-SA 3.0

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