Open Badges (Contemporary Approaches to Teaching workshop)

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Short overview of Open Badges for a 15 minute workshop. Part of the Contemporary Approaches to Teaching event at Sheffield Hallam University on 10th December 2013

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<ul><li>1.Open Badges Dr. Ian Glover Technology Enhanced Learning Team i.glover@shu.ac.uk </li></ul> <p>2. What is a Badge? Visual representation of achievement, experience, affiliation and/or interest - ideally distinctive and understood within a community. Some examples: 3. What are 'Open Badges'? Electronic (online) badges Link to criteria and evidence for award Have the credibility of the awarding body Share 'badge clusters' from multiple sources with others on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Provide security and verification can check whether a person was actually awarded a specific badge 4. What's the use in HE? Surface the learning 'hidden' in a transcript Encourage students to undertake co- and extra-curricular activities Recognise informal learning Motivate students to complete formative work Enables students to differentiate themselves from classmates 5. How could YOU use them? 6. Think about Badges in your context Are there skills that students use and develop? Do you have extra-curricular activities to encourage? Do you want to draw links between learning and skills demanded by employers/professional bodies? Are there formative activities that you want students to complete? 7. Any ideas? 8. Places to earn/display Open Badges 'Educational' platforms introducing badges: Moodle Blackboard Mahara PebblePad Wordpress Drupal Central, common 'backpack' (https://backpack.openbadges.org) 9. Getting started Image creation OpenBadges.me (http://openbadges.me) Online Badge Maker (http://www.onlinebadgemaker.com/) Badge creation and issuing badg.us (http://badg.us) All-in-one systems Credly (http://credly.com) Mozilla BadgeKit (http://badgekit.openbadges.org/) - April 2014 10. Demonstration Creating a badge with Credly http://credly.com 11. Claim a Reward for Contributing Go to http://badg.us and enter claim code '7aunyp' or, Scan: (You'll need a Mozilla Backpack, though) </p>