Creating a new
learning currency
with Open Badges
BETT 2014
Tim Riches (@triches) & Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw)
Hashtags: #...
Who are you?
Tim Riches
CEO, DigitalMe & 
Open badge partnerships

@triches
tim.riches@digitalme.co.uk
Who are you?

Dr. Doug Belshaw
Mozilla Foundation

@dajbelshaw
doug@mozillafoundation.org
Mozilla!
(global non-profit)
“Mozillians are champions of a
web where people know more, do
more and do better”
Mitchell Baker
Mozilla Chair
& Chief Liz...
<1/40 are paid contributors
http://mozilla.org
Structure
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 

Mozilla
Open Badges 101 
Badge the UK
Badge Canvas
Tools 
Examples of badges
Web Litera...
“…qualifications are
worthless as a criteria for
hiring”
Google 2013
“…over 50% of employers
not satisfied with
employability skills of
school leavers”
CBI 2007
How do we create a new
learning currency?
Three things we need to create a new
(decentralized) learning currency
1.  Tools
–  Free tools to design, create and issue...
1. What are
open badges?
Aren’t badges just for
kids?
Mozilla Open Badges:
a web standard which
captures &
communicates learning
How do they work?
CC BY-SA Kyle Bowen
www.backpack.openbadges.org	
  
What makes Open Badges
different?
1.  Open & free skills standard
2.  Anyone can create open badges
3.  Data is owned by y...
Badge Stats
235,000 badges issued
1900 issuers
50k+ Backpacks
1400% Growth since Nov 12-13
Who is involved in the
ecosystem?
http://dmlcompetition.net/Competition/4/badges-projects.php?id=2246
http://sweetwaterfoundation.com
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/special/DigitalBadges.html
http://workforce.io/
http://www.itap.purdue.edu/studio/passport/
http://www.digitalme.co.uk/student-digital-leaders-badgeathon/
http://www.kenteq.nl/smartsite.net?id=KT_HOME_EN
http://www.proexam.org/index.php/technology/digital-micro-credentials
Part 2 – the ecosystem
120+ partners
33,000	
  badges	
  awarded	
  	
  
since	
  Jan	
  2013	
  
23,000	
  students	
  have	
  earned	
  a	
  
badge	
  from	
...
How do I make and
issue badges?
Growing range of tools including
Makewaves, Moodle, Blackboard,
Achievery, Badgekit,
Makeb...
ts
ital sta
V
ls
0 Schoo
6,00
ts
Studen
80,000
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9,000 T

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•  1 M
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View
•  5 0
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Vi s i...
D
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B
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C
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Designing Open
Badges
Download	
  canvases	
  at	
  www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk	
  
How are they being used?
1.  Learner feedback & motivation

2. 
3. 
4. 
5. 

Recognising skills outside of assessed curric...
How will value develop in
badges?
-  Endorsement
-  Distributed ecosystem
-  Community rated
Three things we need to create a new
(decentralized) learning currency
1.  Tools
–  Free tools to design, create and issue...
webmaker.org/standard
Web Literacy

‘Standard’?
The Web Literacy Standard comprises a map of competencies and skills that Mozilla
and our community of stakeholders believ...
Web Literacy ≠ Digital Literacy
Ask us hard questions!
On Twitter:
@triches / @dajbelshaw / @openbadges
Via the discussion group:
http://community.openbad...
I’m using microaccreditation to
make achievements
more granular

I love badges for
motivating me in
my learning!

We use m...
3 main ways to issue badges (pre-BadgeKit):

Roll your own solution

(using onboarding documentation)

Use plugin for an e...
Use plugin for an existing system 

(plugins available for most major platforms/systems)
How to get
involved –
become a BTUK
partner
www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk
Tim Riches
Tim.riches@digitalme.co.uk
@triches
www.digitalme.co.uk
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw
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Bett 2013 Creating a new learning currency with open badges Tim Riches & Doug Belshaw

  1. 1. Creating a new learning currency with Open Badges BETT 2014 Tim Riches (@triches) & Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw) Hashtags: #bett2014 & #openbadges
  2. 2. Who are you? Tim Riches CEO, DigitalMe & Open badge partnerships @triches tim.riches@digitalme.co.uk
  3. 3. Who are you? Dr. Doug Belshaw Mozilla Foundation @dajbelshaw doug@mozillafoundation.org
  4. 4. Mozilla! (global non-profit)
  5. 5. “Mozillians are champions of a web where people know more, do more and do better” Mitchell Baker Mozilla Chair & Chief Lizard Wrangler
  6. 6. <1/40 are paid contributors
  7. 7. http://mozilla.org
  8. 8. Structure •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Mozilla Open Badges 101 Badge the UK Badge Canvas Tools Examples of badges Web Literacy Map Conclusion & Q&A
  9. 9. “…qualifications are worthless as a criteria for hiring” Google 2013
  10. 10. “…over 50% of employers not satisfied with employability skills of school leavers” CBI 2007
  11. 11. How do we create a new learning currency?
  12. 12. Three things we need to create a new (decentralized) learning currency 1.  Tools –  Free tools to design, create and issue Open Badges –  Open source standard 2.  Community / ecosystem –  Vibrant ecosystem that connecting teachers, nonprofits & employers 3.  Maps – skills, competencies & achievements & knowledge navigation
  13. 13. 1. What are open badges?
  14. 14. Aren’t badges just for kids?
  15. 15. Mozilla Open Badges: a web standard which captures & communicates learning
  16. 16. How do they work?
  17. 17. CC BY-SA Kyle Bowen
  18. 18. www.backpack.openbadges.org  
  19. 19. What makes Open Badges different? 1.  Open & free skills standard 2.  Anyone can create open badges 3.  Data is owned by you
  20. 20. Badge Stats 235,000 badges issued 1900 issuers 50k+ Backpacks 1400% Growth since Nov 12-13
  21. 21. Who is involved in the ecosystem?
  22. 22. http://dmlcompetition.net/Competition/4/badges-projects.php?id=2246
  23. 23. http://sweetwaterfoundation.com
  24. 24. http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/special/DigitalBadges.html
  25. 25. http://workforce.io/
  26. 26. http://www.itap.purdue.edu/studio/passport/
  27. 27. http://www.digitalme.co.uk/student-digital-leaders-badgeathon/
  28. 28. http://www.kenteq.nl/smartsite.net?id=KT_HOME_EN
  29. 29. http://www.proexam.org/index.php/technology/digital-micro-credentials
  30. 30. Part 2 – the ecosystem 120+ partners
  31. 31. 33,000  badges  awarded     since  Jan  2013   23,000  students  have  earned  a   badge  from  over  1000  schools   Compe22on  Winner   Only  UK  Badge  pla;orm  
  32. 32. How do I make and issue badges? Growing range of tools including Makewaves, Moodle, Blackboard, Achievery, Badgekit, Makebadg.es…
  33. 33. ts ital sta V ls 0 Schoo 6,00 ts Studen 80,000 eachers 9,000 T Mon thly Activ •  1 M ity illion View •  5 0 s ,000 Vi s i t o •  8 M rs ins P er Vis it
  34. 34. D ssue I iscover B A hare ollect S C uild ssess
  35. 35. Designing Open Badges Download  canvases  at  www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk  
  36. 36. How are they being used? 1.  Learner feedback & motivation 2.  3.  4.  5.  Recognising skills outside of assessed curriculum Creating a fuller picture achievements Continual professional development Build links with employers
  37. 37. How will value develop in badges? -  Endorsement -  Distributed ecosystem -  Community rated
  38. 38. Three things we need to create a new (decentralized) learning currency 1.  Tools –  Free tools to design, create and issue Open Badges –  Open source standard 2.  Community / ecosystem –  Vibrant ecosystem that connecting teachers, nonprofits & employers 3.  Maps – skills, competencies & achievements & knowledge navigation
  39. 39. webmaker.org/standard
  40. 40. Web Literacy ‘Standard’?
  41. 41. The Web Literacy Standard comprises a map of competencies and skills that Mozilla and our community of stakeholders believe are important to pay attention to when getting better at reading, writing and participating on the web.
  42. 42. Web Literacy ≠ Digital Literacy
  43. 43. Ask us hard questions! On Twitter: @triches / @dajbelshaw / @openbadges Via the discussion group: http://community.openbadges.org Useful links: •  •  •  h=p://openbadges.org   h=p://digitalme.co.uk       h=p://webmaker.org  
  44. 44. I’m using microaccreditation to make achievements more granular I love badges for motivating me in my learning! We use metadatainfused credentials aligned with the OBI
  45. 45. 3 main ways to issue badges (pre-BadgeKit): Roll your own solution (using onboarding documentation) Use plugin for an existing system (plugins available for most major platforms/systems) Third-party issuing platform (URLs in metadata point to their servers)
  46. 46. Use plugin for an existing system (plugins available for most major platforms/systems)
  47. 47. How to get involved – become a BTUK partner www.digitalme.co.uk/badgetheuk
  48. 48. Tim Riches Tim.riches@digitalme.co.uk @triches www.digitalme.co.uk

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