open badges: supporting learning and employability by recognising skills development
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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.
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 creationOpenBadges.me (http://openbadges.me)Online Badge Maker (http://www.onlinebadgemaker.com/)
Badge creation and issuingbadg.us (http://badg.us)
All-in-one systemCredly (http://credly.com)
QuestionsContact:Dr. Ian Gloveri.firstname.lastname@example.orgCommon 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