Open Education event - Open Badges

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Presentation by Grainne Hamilton from the Jisc RSC Scotland at the Jisc RSC Scotland Open Education event on the 26th November 2013.

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  • A relatively new digital accreditation development, called Open Badges, has begun to take off over the last couple of years, which people are exploring in terms of addressing these kinds of challenges.
  • 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 etcDigital badges with metadata baked in – these include criteria and can include evidenceAlign to a standard developed by an international communityUnderpinned by the Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) developed by MozillaProvide 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Behaviours we encourage include: engagement with our services, completion of our online courses, peer support and contribution
  • Open Education event - Open Badges

    1. 1. Badges by We Are Snook An Introduction to Open Badges Grainne Hamilton, Jisc RSC Scotland
    2. 2. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 Open Badges 2
    3. 3. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 Open Badges A digital accreditation infrastructure 3
    4. 4. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 »Digital credentials – called Open Badges 4
    5. 5. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 5 Open Badges Information infused images From Flickr by dun-deagh
    6. 6. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 6 Open Badges Information infused digital images Image by Kyle Bowen
    7. 7. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 »Assessments and identification of learning, attributes and competencies » An open infrastructure for issuing, managing and sharing the credentials 7
    8. 8. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 Open Badges Digital credentials earners can display online On: Professional profiles, e.g. LinkedIn / Blogs / Personal websites / Social media / e-Portfolios... 8
    9. 9. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 9 Connecting over Open Badges Open Badges in Scottish Education Group The Open Badges in Scottish Education Group (OBSEG) is hosted by Jisc and performs an: » Overview and mapping function of Open Badge developments in Scottish education » Oversees a number of sub-groups » Provides a forum for discussion and the formation of connections Image by We Are Snook
    10. 10. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 10 Open Badges areas of interest Open Badges in Scottish Education Group The Open Badges in Scottish Education Group (OBSEG) hosts the following sub-groups: » Learner Progress » Staff Development » Technology and Design Image by We Are Snook
    11. 11. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 Open Badges – Who? 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 “ We believe that Open Badges have enormous potential in motivating learning, improving retention and in presenting the skills of our learners in way that is clear and accessible for them and employers. In this way, Open Badges will help our learners stand out in the jobs market.” Vice-Principal: Quality and Innovation, Borders College. 11
    12. 12. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 Open Badges What people are saying about Open Badges “…while academic achievements can be evidenced by an…academic transcript, there is no such evidence of socalled 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.” Tom Caira, Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board (Computing). University of the West of Scotland 12
    13. 13. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 13 Open Badges Open Badges have the potential to: » Recognise achievements in informal and formal learning » Break up the learning journey into manageable chunks » Motivate students to keep achieving » Provide recognition of single competencies and outcomes » Capture learning smaller than would normally be recognised in national certification and national credit rating systems » Be used towards accreditation of prior learning » Enable student differentiation From Flickr by justus.thane
    14. 14. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 Jisc RSC Scotland Open Badges 14
    15. 15. An Introduction to Open Badges 26/11/2013 15 Questions? From Flickr by Vito

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