Content • Why Badges? • What are Badges? • How do they work? • Who is using them?
Learning Learning today happens everywhere.
But it’s often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen online or out of school.
Mozilla Open Badges helps solve that problem, making it easy for any organization to issue, manage and display digital badges across the web. Mozilla Open Badges
SOME RECENT RESEARCH
CITY UNIVERSITY LONDON A project on Open Badges in Higher Education Perception and Potential Dr. Ian Glover – Sheffield Hallam University Farzana Latif – University of Sheffield
City University London Project • Aim to identify perception and possible value • Semi-structured interviews with staff • Focus groups with students
City University London Findings • Students want to use badges to stand out from peers • Desire to link badges to requirements of professional accreditation • Important not to issue too many • each badge must represent genuine achievement
What were the common criticisms? How can you respond to them? "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
GLOVER, Ian and LATIF, Farzana (2013) Investigating perceptions and potential of open badges in formal higher education. In: Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2013. AACE, Chesapeake, VA, 1398-1402. ISBN 9781939797032
WHAT ARE BADGES?
CV I claim that • I can … • I learned • I am able to • I am competent in • I took part in …
Badges Badge is a digital proof that • I can … • I learned … • I am able to … • I am competent in … • I took part in …
Open Badges • Not proprietary – using free software and open technical standard • Help knit skills together • Are full of information that can be verified • Are portable • Can be earned from multiple sources
HOW THEY WORK
WHO IS USING THEM?
Who is using Badges • Over 700 organisations • Formal and informal educational institutions • Multinational corporations • Industry associations • Non-profits • Groups interested in Professional development • 85,000 issued since launch in 2012.