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Lessons from Open Badges in the UK

Lessons from Open Badges in the UKRSA22 March 2016

Tim Riches@triches Tim.riches@digitalme.co.uk

Anthony asked us to provide a UK perspective on open badges, what Id like to focus on today is how badges can help learners get from point A to point B

ALearnerBEmployer

At point A we have the learner that asking us, if I earn this badge will it help me connect with an employer or get me on the journey to start my own enterprise?At point B we have the employer asking will these badges identify people I need in my business

And the challenge that we have is connecting these two sides together

Of course there are lots of other actors involved...

1 in 6 leave with either no quals or low levels of literacy (centre for social justice) Young people who have essentially been disqualified by the education system

ALearnerBEmployer

At point A we have the learner that asking us, if I earn this badge will it help me connect with an employer or get me on the journey to start my own enterprise?At point B we have the employer asking will these badges identify people I need in my business

And the challenge that we have is connecting these two sides together

Of course there are lots of other actors involved...

1 in 6 leave with either no quals or low levels of literacy (centre for social justice) Young people who have essentially been disqualified by the education system

2003-10

Learning not recognised - paper based Certs don't have same currency as qualifications.

DigitalMe - dedicated to helping people gain recognition and showcase learning to open up opportunities for life and work - Open Badges at heart how we achieve that...History using technology creating real life learning programmes - help experience outside work - inspire and motivate Evidence of increased literacy and reduced truancy But one thing that bothered us is that now way, apart from certificates to recognise that learningAnd what we noticed is how hard it was for students to communicate that learningSo we started to look how could map learning to mainstream curriculum

Bit like game of wackamole - gov change curriculum and quals change

So being a web based company started to look at possible solutions that could go round the problem

Lesson 1 - mapping to the curriculum is succeeding in spite of the system rather than because of it so we needed something new

Not just replacing New model - value created by transactions over time

Wouldn't it be great if can do this for learners Wouldn't it be great if we could creat currency in learning through the use of badges?

Dedicated protecting privacy Open web

Learning - make the web - more hack less yack

Open Badges are images with metadata hard-coded into them2011

Lesson 2 - open data

Anyone can do this...Inclusive

Open data so you can go places

Lesson 2Open data is key - allows learners to use their badges - if one of the platforms disappears (has happened already) data still there. Also open means that open to anyone to create badges, allows vast creativity

2012

Provides recognition. - oppsMap to navigate programme Raised profile

3 hubs with local employers.

Highlighted lots other orgsBtuk

Increase impact by formalising programme - helps providers to navigate programmeProvide recognition - help young people articulate their achievements Brought into focus number of learning programmes - learning earning trapped behind walls(Got into places never dreamed of olympics / championship)

So clearly huge potential, any movement to grow need three things:Open BadgesCommunityTools - designing, issuing sharing badges.

Through BUK, developed a network over 120 organisations, from schools to universities, developed design tools and issuing tools. Continued testing...

Findings

V different for children and young people Existing activity - need a network / create itCity-wide buy inImmediacy More likely to engage if badge attached to itWonderful complexity Follow-on with Dance network with ACE - thematic city learning approach.

15

16-30yrs2015

Creating badges, they dropped the million dollar question, will earning this badges help us develop in my career,

Lesson 3: need to engage directly with employers Education is in a bubble - connected learning model

O2 Video

O2 Academy

So over past 12 months engaging with employers...

Create series badges, new platform aiming helping people develop skills, any learning programme, transition into work or in the workplace - OBA

Now campaigning for real opportunities

Evidence is submittedEvidence is verified Skills are endorsedBadges are shared

2016

Building and sharing a learning profile

If working with yp one badge could start with is bbc make it digital badge

Mark Riches () - 95k badges awarded

Who's using Open Badges

This is our story from the UK, screen cap badge world, also OBN, EU projectLessons: if succeeding in spite of current system going to need to build something new - dont map to existing system, need something newOpen data essential for learners & educators, and employers Need to engage directly with range of partners employers - consumers No right way to do badges, if youve got a programme, you know what learners need, employer we conect you with learners

How does fit with col? Each of these badges is a destination pathway or a playlist which sure Tim tell more about. All learning be able to be currates through OBA or other OBI displayers

Open Badges can evolve best as a collaborative, community-driven effort. Its future is brightest when the community comes together to carry it forward.Mark SurmanExecutive Director, Mozilla Foundation

Youre that community, can involved nowMark - had a debate, he said 10 yrs I said 3, taken 5 yrs to get to this stage!Maybe founder of twitter was right, the secret to overnight success is 10 yrs of hard work!

So we hope youll get involved, whichever part of the value chain involved in, help learners capture and communicate their learning, partner with the right organisations so that their achievements count for something and lead to more opportunities for those 1 in 6 learners who are currently left behind by our education system.