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Dr. Ian Glover , Technology Enhanced Learning team, Student and Learning Services. Open Badges: Supporting Learning and Employability by Recognising Skills Development. What is a 'Badge'?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Open Badges: Supporting Learning and Employability by Recognising Skills Development

Open Badges: Supporting Learning and Employability by Recognising Skills DevelopmentDr. Ian Glover,Technology Enhanced Learning team,Student and Learning ServicesWhat is a 'Badge'?Visual representation of achievement, experience, affiliation and/or interest - ideally distinctive and understood within a community.

Some examples:

On (scout) BadgesBadges mean nothing in themselves, but they mark a certain achievement and they are a link between the rich and the poor. For when one girl sees a badge on a sister Scouts arm, if that girl has won the same badge, it at once awakens an interest and sympathy between them.

- Juliette G. Low, Founder of Girl Scouts of the USAWhat are Open Badges?Link to criteria and evidence for award

Add security and verificationcan check whether a person was actually awarded a specific badge

Have the credibility of the awarding body

Allow sharing of 'badge clusters' from different sources with others on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.

Essentially, an image + embedded information

Anatomy of an Open Badge

Open Badges Anatomy (Updated) by Kyle Bowen. CC-BY-SA.Anatomy of an Open Badge5Why is there interest in them?Growing recognition that significant amounts of learning happens outside the classroom

Grade transcripts hide the truth about learning

Strong links with current trends such as MOOCs, Gamification, Mobile Learningbut can be used independently of these

What's the use in HE?Surface the learning 'hidden' in a transcript

Encourage students to undertake co- and extra-curricular activities

Helps recognise informal learning

Enables students to differentiate themselves from classmates

The rise of the Informal University?(MOOCs + Badges) * Awareness = Degree-equivalent?

Swiss Army Badge by Kyle Bowen. CC-BY-SAPotential usesShowing competency in a skill, e.g. nursing students taking blood samples

Recognising extra-curricular activitye.g. a music student participating in an orchestra

Representing co-curricular developmente.g. participation in Students' Union activities, such as chairing society meetings

More potential usesIdentifying common themes in a programmee.g. showing all modules that develop debating skills

Getting businesses and professional bodies involvede.g. co-creating badges that meet workplace skills, or professional attributes

Build toward specialism badgese.g. students get badges that relate to their learning journey, by reflecting their optional modulesThink about Badges in your contextAre 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?

Indiana Jones and the lost badge by Kyle Bowen. CC-BY-SAShare your thoughtsPoints to consider when using Open BadgesFor greatest effect:Make them as professional-looking as possibleIssue cross-module badgesBadges should push students to go beyond the minimumTell businesses/professional bodies about themLink badges to 'real-world', desirable skillsEach badge must represent a substantial and meaningful skill or experience

Carpet Badging by Kyle Bowen. CC-BY-SAGetting StartedImage ( Badge Maker (

Badge creation and (

All-in-one systemCredly (

QuestionsContact:Dr. Ian Criticisms(and how they can be addressed)"Childish"plan and design them to be meaningful

"Hard to design without skills"simple, free tools available

"Lack of consistency in use"set a policy about the requirements for a badge

from my research at City Uni London18More criticisms"Not credible with, for example, employers"involve them in the design of badgestell them about the badges

"I get it, but my students/lecturers won't"didn't appear true through the interviews

"This could become another assessment route"ideally it should reflect what is already happening