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Quality and Open BadgesGrinne Hamilton@grainnehamiltongrainne.hamilton@digitalme.co.uk

A City & Guilds Group Business

DigitalMe Dedicated to ensure learners gain recognition for all their skills use badges to help the showcase their skills to unlock opportunities for learing and employment

So first of all why did we get involved with Open Badges?

Believe, like most people do that learning is much more than the paper based certficates problem is that learning, informal learning or applied learning isnt recognised.

Presents a real problem for us because over the past 10 yrs weve collaborated on countless informal or applied learning programmes young people arent getting the recognition for learning

Over yrs weve tried to map our programmes against qualifications either too inflexible or they come and at governments whim

When Badges came along they seemed to offer an opporunity for us to take control of acreditation within our programmes

Now we spend our time working with a whole range or organisations helping them implmenet

CAPTURE + SHOWCASE WHAT MATTERSWe are all unique

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A web standard which captures & communicates skills and attributes across the web

Open Badges

Open Badges is new technologystandard which skills to be captured and shared.

Like email is a standard everyone recognises open badges are a new standard for the communication of skills

http://openbadges.org

Develop by Mozilla Foundation global non-profit. Mozilla is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Web better. We believe that the Web is a shared public resource to be cared for, not a commodity to be sold. Creates open source tools to enable people to learn how to create the web, not just consume it.

Good ethos around privacy and data open badges are about enabling learners to own their own dataDesigned specifically for skills recognitionSpecifically to create new learning pathways.

Open in two ways: Anyone can create them (brings up issues of value) Open data user owns their data and can display where they choose to

So how does this work?

What do we do?

Open badges arent for professionals, theyre just for kids

(Agree or Disagree?)

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Accreditation

Evidence is submittedBadge validated, Evidence is verified Skills are endorsedBadges are shared

Multi point validation and quality assurance

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openbadgeacademy.com/employabilitypractitioner

Evidence-based CPD

A City & Guilds Group Collaboration#

Seen this report? Developed by the City & Guilds Alliance.Learning to be Employable asserts that the skills needed for employability can be taught and groups these skills into six transferable skills and eight habits of mind. The report brings together different thinking around employability and gives practical advice for tutors about how to embed employability skills into an FE setting. It gives some academic rigour to something that has been hard to define and underpins this with case studies and practical suggestions as to how training providers, colleges and schools might cultivate more employable young people.

Aligned to this report City and Guilds have developed four CPD credentials aimed at all learning delivery professionals. Can be earned by people have the opportunity to directly engage with learners to cultivate their employability skills but aspire to that role, or maybe they could make changes to processes that would have a positive impactRecognised pain point for customers people are not confident delivering employability, along with learners not being confident around being able to learn this stuff. Not an ideal combination!

Nothing about the report, we got involved after it was delivered. Sally may have some comms but she hasnt shared them with me: I have this about why we developed an Academy (hope it is helpful)What are these credentials and why did we develop them? These credentials dovetail with hot-off-the-press research by City & Guilds and the Centre for Real-World Learning where Employability skills are grouped into: (i) 6 Transferable Skills and (ii) 8 habits of mind. This report gives some academic rigour to something that has been hard to define and underpins this with case studies and practical suggestions as to how training providers, colleges and schools might cultivate more employable young people. These CPD credentials offer a way to provide professional recognition and reward to individuals who wish to engage with this area and embed it into their curricular and co-curricular experiences their students. And because we have built this CPD recognition offer using Open Badges we are offering people the chance to be part of, and learn more about, this EdTech revolution. Because Open Badges can be shared with to share with employers, educators or colleagues via social media sits such as LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter people can showcase their updated ability in an increasingly competitive industry.Who is our Academy aimed at? The academy is for Learning Delivery Staff (tutors, trainers, teachers, education managers) who want to demonstrate continued professional development in line with: best-practice, regulatory, industry and social and economic change.Its for staff who: appreciate support in identifying valuable professional development opportunities to maintain and advance skills and/or want to have their post-qualification professional development recognised and be accredited for the time invested and activities undertaken and/or want to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they have and want to showcase updated ability in an increasingly competitive industry.Its an alternative approach to CPD which is meaningful and related to specific learning which can be transferred to a persons workplace.Will a credential help me to get a promotion?City & Guilds Digital Credentials provide verification of an individuals professional development skills. With rapid change and an increasingly competitive climate this portable and highly visible validation of skills by the UKs largest and most longstanding vocational awarding organisation will go a long way in securing recognition by employers, learners and peers.

Introducing Ecommerce + AO robust assessment workflowWorld Association of Chefs (WACS)Using the OBA to deliver valid and reliable AO awarded customised qualification credentialsRobust assessment workflows and data security now allow for more formal and regulated credentials Earners discover, buy, evidence are issued their qual. in the OBA

World Association of Chefs (WACS)

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ANNAs CARE PROFILEAnna is awarded her Domiciliary Care Registration Badge.

Anna now has her own personal profile that she can build and share with others, adding other credentials that she feels are relevant.

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Who is using Open Badges?

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What do we do?

A badge will never have as much credibility as a certificate

(Agree or Disagree?)

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Open Badges and quality management

www.openbadgenetwork.com/

Open Badges is new technologystandard which skills to be captured and shared.

Like email is a standard everyone recognises open badges are a new standard for the communication of skills

www.openbadgenetwork.com/The Open Badge Network discussion paper took the following format:

A survey on quality informed the paper. 39 complete responsesPersona based approach - issuer, earner, viewerFindings presented in relation to the different stages of an Open Badge initiative: initial design; implementation; delivery and review.A Quality Canvas is being created and will have a similar structure to the Digitalme Badge Design Canvas but allow users to explore high level quality considerations of their Open Badge initiatives Quality Management in Open Badges O7A1

Quality has an objective and a subjective dimension

Proud to be a partner in the Open Badge Network Europe Project

Findings - Initial Design To support a clear foundation for your badge initiative:Be clear about your long term goal for badges Understand what opportunities you want to enable through the badge ecosystem, for yourself, your badge earners and the viewers of your awarded badgesAlign your badge goal to the opportunities you want to enable and your desired strategic outcomes for badgesOnce you are clear on the above, consider how you will implement these, bearing in mind quality considerations for implementation.

www.openbadgenetwork.com/

Proud to be a partner in the Open Badge Network Europe Project

Be clear about the intended audiences for your badgeDevelop a role-based value proposition - be clear about why those engaging with your badge would want to earn, issue or view it Ensure your intended earners know the intended issuing organisation (this may not be the same as the badge creators) Develop networks around your badge schemeOpen Badge Networks resource, Guidelines for Badges in Territories (O4A3)Ensure the type of evidence earners must provide is appropriate for what you want to assess, that badge content is well presented and that the badge will show the recipient has learned something. Aim to indicate the level of the badge and if it aligns with a competency frameworkOpen Badge Network Competency Repository is available under Infrastructure outputs (O2A3)Put quality assurance processes in place around the creation, assessing, awarding and management of your badges

Findings - Implementation

www.openbadgenetwork.com/

Proud to be a partner in the Open Badge Network Europe Project

Select a delivery platform that includes elements you need. These might