Open Badges for Work - Making Learning Visible

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An exploration of the convergence of micro-credentials, open badges, badge passports and eportfolios for workplace human capital development. Tons of examples and ideas. Part of a series on Open Badges for different audiences by Learning Agents. Embedded at with other resources and pages.


  • 1.Open Badges: Visual Pathways to the Future WORKPLACE VERSION June 17, 2014 Don Presant Presentation at:

2. CME Manitoba Partnerships for jobs and growth Lean Training Technological Innovation Trade and export markets Youth Careers AME 2015 3. Digital Impact Internet Mobile Social media Personalization Gamification For fun For change For learning 4. Digital Dysfunction Issues in typical resume assessment Self-reported history No/inappropriate guidance for candidates Lack of standardization, alignment, validation 6-second read No scoring sheet, metrics, no training for assessors Inappropriate knockout factors ATS and keyword SEO resumes-for-hiring-pretty-much-everything/ 5. Need: Stackable Workplace Skills e.g. Health Care, Manufacturing (US) Career One Stop - US Dept of Labor 6. Need for Clarity A Competency-Based Credentialing Process Making a Market for Competency-Based Credentials 7. Enterprise Gamification An emerging business opportunity Rewards programs, performance management, employee onboarding, learning and development 8. Digital badges and skills passports Corporate perspective 9. What is an Open Badge? Leverages the digital Storable Keeping securely in online vaults, galleries Shareable (L)earner curating selected collections Matching to skills requirements Linkable Connecting to evidence, outcomes Stackable Laddering, clustering, leveling up Plannable Goal setting, missions, quests Fun! but not just for kids 10. What is an Open Badge? Different perspectives TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION A portable graphic with an embedded description and links to supporting information SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT A micro-credential A discrete chunk of a modular transcript FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT A reward for positive (prescribed) behaviour A marker on a development path a simple digital standard for recognizing and sharing achievements, skills and performance 11. Open Badges Making learning visible Clear progress markers Motivating learners, supporting advisors Flexible learning pathways Granular, incremental, multi- source, laddered, remixable Visual branding Issuers and learners Online trust system Demonstrate skills & capabilities Proof of performance Backed by issuer 12. Simplicity is power Simple structure: image + data 13. Open Badges and Badge Passports Micro credentials - modular record of learning Richard Wyles, Totara LMS at MaharaUK12 14. Open Badges An evolving ecosystem 15. Workforce entry skills 16. Integrated skills workflow Evaluate skillsmatch to employer needscoach/teach to fill gaps flow to hire 17. Badge Pathways Mozilla Discover (Gates funding) 18. Career & Technical Education (CTE) National Occupational Competency Testing Inst. (NOCTI) 19. High stakes credentialing Professional Examination Service 20. Pearson Acclaim (VUE) If Pearson are getting into badges. Acclaims unique approachis to work with academic institutions and high-stakes credentialing organizations to offer diplomas, certificates and other professional credentials as Open Badges. 21. Badges and employers Transparent credibility 22. Performance/Compliance Management (Future Vision) 23. Top 5 Benefits of Open Badges for Workplace Human Capital Development Motivate employees to learn Credential in-house training Recognize informal learning Performance oriented Portable Details and discussion (and nice badge graphics) at: E-Learning Provocateur (Ryan Tracey) 24. Badges for Leadership 25. More Badges for Leadership 26. Open Badges & Sector Organizations Meeting the skills needs of SMEs Accrediting internal training and education Leadership, front line Brokering external training & education Promoting & recognizing informal learning Knowledge transfer, performance support Social learning (communities of practice) Experiential learning (e.g. exercises, projects, placements) Self-directed learning (e.g. reading, reflection, missions) Providing skills passports Workplace development, team building, career mobility Branding sector organization as a skills channel Direct delivery, brokering, aggregation 27. A dark side to badges for work? What if you badge them and they leave? Perceived threats: Potential for poaching by recruiters Ticket to ride for HiPos (High Potentials) The other side of the coin: What if you dont and they stay (and fester)? Isnt this a great way to recruit new talent, especially for SMEs? Sector organizations can build community talent pipelines for SMEs Can you get HiPos to stay with more challenges and recognition? (See stats comparing results of different employee engagement strategies) And if theyre producing lots moremaybe pay them a bit more? One possible strategy: skills escrow? Make internally awarded employer-awarded badges private, until the employee leaves (e.g. inside Moodle or other LMS) Open for online discussion and comment at the E-Learning Provocateur: 28. Badging Kirkpatrick For workplace learning (work in progress) Kirkpatrick Level Affordances & Indicators 5: ROI (Phillips) Badge reports comparing different programs, different departments against bottom line measures Badges, advancement and retention comparing differnet badges to different outcomes 4: Results Badges for individuals in departments, functions, regions Individual badges can be aggregated for organizations: Lean, Green, ISO, Top Employer, Safe Workplace, etc. Badges can demonstrate regulatory compliance (Health & Safety) 3: Transfer Badge collections: sequencing, laddering, clustering Badges from multiple sources curated in badge passports & channeled to recognition goals Badges in eportfolios enhanced with reflection 2: Learning Badges with transparent embedded skills outcomes 1: Reaction Visual appeal, gamification, activity completion 29. Badging the Organization Recognizing Positive / Productive Behaviours Source Source Source 30. Open Badge Factory Cloud-based badge management & interoperability Open API 31. Open Badge Factory Detailed Reports 32. Open Badge Factory Badge Application 33. Features and Benefits Current: Controlled access for organizations Controlled roles within organizations Creator, Issuer, Administrator Detailed reports Badge applications Coming: Meta-badges (Mega Badges) (c. June) Linear, clustered Badge Passport (c. June) Private/public badges, badge collections Mobile display Suggestions from the beta community 34. BadgesPassportsPortfolios? Tools to channel the full spectrum of skills Technical Skills Essential Skills HARD: literacy, numeracy, document management, digital skills SOFT: working with others, critical thinking, problem solving, etc. Conference Board Employability Skills 2000+ Attitudes, adaptability, resilience 21st Century Skills Multi-literacies, learning and innovation skills Leadership Skills Values, ethics, responsibility Evidence of: achievements, abilities and affiliations curated, reflected upon and remixed for recognition goals 35. Badges curated in ePortfolios with other evidence & reflection FOR Learning OF Learning focused on process focused on product supports learning demonstrates learning private workshop public shop window a learning environment a showcase of learning achievements learning activities learning outcomes formative assessment summative assessment lower stakes higher stakes 36. ePortfolios: leveraging the e The Flexible Binder for the 21st Century Information Management capabilities Collecting, archiving, sharing, multiple versioning Quick links to cross-reference evidence Accessible multimedia with free Web 2.0 tools Align to frameworks, rubrics, track learning over time Social learning, digital identity Building professional profile, Personal Learning network Digital technology skills, Internet literacy Demonstrated by and within the ePortfolio Learning and collaboration integration Online research: documents, networks Easy to add comments, edit, mentor, coach 37. Shameless plug: Multi-institution ePortfolio based on Mahara University College Adult Learning Centre Professional Body Workplace Trainer Employability Agency Employer Industry Sector Body 38. Web: Twitter: donpresant ePortfolio: Presentation and support material at: