Who are MyKnowledgeMap? And what have we been doing?
About 12 months ago we created a free website called OpenBadges.me – 1st components in creating an open badge 1. Badge design To facilitate the creation of badge graphics 2. Define rules for the issuing of badges 3. issue badges to individuals based on system activities and defined rules will push awarded badges to individuals’ backpacks In order to issue a badge to an individual you need: the email address of the individual (that is tied to their backpack) a valid PNG badge graphic a publicly accessible webpage detailing the criteria that were met in order to get the badge You can also provide: an expiry date of when the badge is no longer valid
Open Badges.Me uses HTML 5 to allow you combine different visual elements, colours and text to create attractive open badges. Then you can use this graphic in an Open Badges issuing system. We are Building a library of plug-ins to help you complete the process. There is a WordPress Plug-in available from OB.me So far we have had nearly 12,000 badges created. The badge designer can be built into other software applications – see API documentation on OB.me You can also give us feedback on the site
About Upbete – provided for 3 NHS regions for Type 1 young people up to age 19 Helps with drug compliance and become a destination site for children, parents and schools We are creating: API to MANAGE ACTIVITIES API TO MANAGE RULES API TO MANAGE EVENTS And an event processor so that the badges can be issued automatically with notification by email and mobile (SMS and Apps) Upbete is becoming a very useful TEST SITE for this technology. We can’t push the badges to the MOZILLA BACKPACK because U.S. and Canadian Law does not allow this to be used by under 13’s – so the children’s badges will be kept on the Upbete site for them. By doing this we are gamifying Upbete with rewards - OB’s to motivate and encourage good behaviour and engagement. Users can demonstrate their skills and achievements and when they are post 13 can export to a Back Pack or whatever is available.
So far we have provided components in the Open Badge creation workflow. Our aim is to productise these components to make it much easier and break down barriers for both tutors and students.
The overall aim with OB for Upbete is to automate Open Badges seamlessly and issued AUTOMATICALLY
Our JISC bid will enable all badge receivers to access the badge platform and saved in the system.
Are your teachers coming to you and asking how they can make use of OB’s There are some issues to consider: OB must be relevant to the student and the achievement How do you want to use OB to motivate OB use for verification (certificates) Rules to achieve an OB Aggregated badges – multiple achievements recognised.
Some typical questions
12 month project Taking part in the development of the platform – testing Educational consultancy to help implement Technical implementation support Dissemination events March – June 2015