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OBF Academy - Case Newcastle University

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Open Badges have been used at Newcastle University since 2015 when they were first awarded to students completing the ncl+ award. Since then the number of Open Badges awarded across the University has been steadily increasing with a variety of subject areas introducing badges.

Claire Burnham, Learning Enhancement and Technology Co-ordinator, will cover the range of badges that have been introduced, how they worked to get the design right, the exploration of the best methods of evaluation and the resulting governance processes aimed to ensure controlled, scalable growth of digital credentialing.

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OBF Academy - Case Newcastle University

  1. 1. From Newcastle. For the world. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) Getting the most out of Open Badges at Newcastle University Claire Burnham Learning Enhancement and Technology Coordinator Learning and Teaching Development Service
  2. 2. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ncl.ac.uk/ltds Who we are Russell Group University Ranked in the top 150 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020) 4 campuses Newcastle, London, Singapore and Malaysia 21,881 undergraduate students 6,788 postgraduate students Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ncl.ac.uk/ltds
  3. 3. From Newcastle. For the world. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 3 Open badges at Newcastle University
  4. 4. From Newcastle. For the world. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 4 Open badges at Newcastle University
  5. 5. ncl.ac.uk/ltds Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) Open Badges implementation
  6. 6. From Newcastle. For the world. 2179 badges issued since 2016 995 (46%) of these have been accepted Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 6 NCL+ Award NCL+ Award
  7. 7. From Newcastle. For the world. NCL+ advanced awards • Career Preparation • Leadership (Chartered Management Institute Level 3 Award) • Digital Storytelling • Research • Communication with Santander • Project Management with NSPCC Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 7 Open badges at Newcastle University
  8. 8. From Newcastle. For the world. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 8 Numbers of NCL+ Advanced Award badges accepted since they were introduced 3 10 38 5 55 33 5 8 23 9 52 26 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 Career Preparation Project Mangement Leadership Digital Storytelling Research Communication Accepted Not received
  9. 9. ncl.ac.uk/ltds Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) Open Badge Research
  10. 10. From Newcastle. For the world. Open Badges in Education, Graeme Redshaw-Boxwell, Newcastle University The first survey had 62 responses. The main purpose of badge implementation identified by respondents was for Staff CPD. A second survey received 123 responses from 27 different countries. 28.5% of respondents had awarded badges for Skills Development. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 10 Open badges at Newcastle University
  11. 11. From Newcastle. For the world. Conclusions The technology is in the early adopters’ stage of Roger’s (2010) innovation adoption lifecycle. There is strong academic interest in the use of Open Badges. 8 respondents had assessed their students’ opinions of Open Badges. The student responses were mainly positive. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 11 Open badges at Newcastle University
  12. 12. ncl.ac.uk/ltds Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) Innovation Fund: Open Badges in an academic context
  13. 13. From Newcastle. For the world. Academic Units Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 13 Open Badges at Newcastle University School of Psychology Newcastle University Business School INTO Newcastle University: Chemistry
  14. 14. From Newcastle. For the world. Degree programmes should assess and give credit for all intended learning outcomes Degree transcript should be sufficient give evidence of students’ attainment. But: Many programmes develop skills and outcomes that are not directly assessed in academic work. Some voluntary activities have no formal recognition. Employers look for graduates that stand out. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 14 Open badges at Newcastle University
  15. 15. From Newcastle. For the world. Enterprise Challenge This badge shows that the bearer has participated in the Psychology Enterprise challenge 2018 in collaboration with Youth Foundations. To meet the challenge, a team has to develop and then pitch an idea for a product, service or initiative to support young people in the North East who are affected by loneliness and social isolation. . Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 15 Open Badges at Newcastle University
  16. 16. From Newcastle. For the world. Enterprise Challenge Criteria The badge demonstrates 1. Ability to work effectively as part of a team 2. Creative application of psychological literacy to address real -world problems. 3. Effective presentation of ideas in the form of a pitch. To attain the badge a candidate must: 1. Attend the Enterprise challenge. 2. Work as party of team to creatively develop a product or service to support young people affected by loneliness and social isolation; 3. Consider financial, ethical and practical constraints in relation to the idea, and include these in the pitch. 4. Pitch the idea in the format specified to a panel of judges. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 16 Open Badges at Newcastle University
  17. 17. From Newcastle. For the world. Badge design process Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 17 Open Badges at Newcastle University
  18. 18. From Newcastle. For the world. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 18 Badges awarded as part of the innovation fund project 16 6 3 14 9 8 7 12 23 32 2 11 17 14 10 21 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 Student Voice Psychology Enterprise Challenge 2018 Psychology Enterprise Challenge Winner 2018 INTO-Titration INTO- Molar Calculation INTO- Preparation of a Standard Solution INTO-Safety in the laboratory INTO- Peer tutoring badge Accepted Not received
  19. 19. ncl.ac.uk/ltds Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) Evaluation of Open Badges in an Academic Context
  20. 20. From Newcastle. For the world. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 20 Do you think you deserved the badge you received? Open Badges at Newcastle University 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 Unsure Yes Respondents Respondents
  21. 21. From Newcastle. For the world. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 21 Do you think that use of Open Badges as rewards by academic departments would motivate students to put in more work on extracurricular activities such as intra- department competitions? Open Badges at Newcastle University 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Unsure Yes No Respondents Respondents
  22. 22. From Newcastle. For the world. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 22 Did you attempt to attach your Open Badge to your LinkedIn profile? Open Badges at Newcastle University 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 Yes No Respondents Respondents
  23. 23. From Newcastle. For the world. Why did you not attach your Open Badge to you LinkedIn profile? Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 23 Open Badges at Newcastle University 10 respondents didn’t have a LinkedIn profile 2 respondents didn’t know how to add this
  24. 24. ncl.ac.uk/ltds Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) Increasing institutional capacity
  25. 25. From Newcastle. For the world. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 25 Open Badges at Newcastle University Integration with University ePortfolio system Careers Service administered the awarding of NCL+ badges in 2019 Integration with University systems Ability for other members of staff to award specific badges
  26. 26. From Newcastle. For the world. Governance Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 26 Getting the most out of Open Badges Members of staff submit an open badge application Learning and Teaching Development Service work with the applicant Student Experience Sub Committee consider the application
  27. 27. ncl.ac.uk/ltds Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) Future of Open Badges
  28. 28. From Newcastle. For the world. Increasing interest Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 28 Open Badges at Newcastle University Student Voice Badge that was part of the Innovation Fund bid evolved into Student Representation Badge. Piloting in other Schools. Approved following new governance processes: • Peer Mentoring • Biomedical, Nutrition and Sport Sciences: Career Development Good Citizen Demonstrator • Total of 19 Open Badges currently being awarded,
  29. 29. From Newcastle. For the world. Challenges Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 29 Open Badges at Newcastle University Evaluation: Limited responses to evaluation. Issues of assessing badges that are awarded across the Institution Continue to ensure that badges are difficult to achieve
  30. 30. From Newcastle. For the world. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 30 Thanks for listening From Newcastle. For the world. Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS)
  31. 31. From Newcastle. For the world. • Anyone with any concerns about the way in which any material appearing here has been linked to, used or remixed from elsewhere, please contact the University and we will make reasonable endeavor to take down the original files within 10 working days. Full policy is available at: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/info/legal/takedown.html Learning and Teaching Development Service (LTDS) ltds@ncl.ac.uk 31

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