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Meggie Wright, Oregon State University Nate Otto, Indiana University The Mozilla Foundations Open Badges are a new technology that makes it possible for anyone to issue, earn, and display proof of an educational achievement. Open Badges are digital tokens, like merit badges you might receive in the real world. They can be displayed on websites, job sites, and social media. Badges can be used to tell a clear, verifiable story about learning accomplishments, something that degrees and resumes often fail to do. Badges are shaking up education wherever and whenever learning happens, including in libraries. In this digital workshop, find out how badges work, set up a backpack, earn your first badge, and think about how this technology may impact our institutions roles in the learning ecosystem.

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Open BadgesOpen DoorsOnline Northwest ConferenceSnowstorm EditionMarch 2014Digital workshop sessionOpen Badges Open Doors

Nate OttoProject CoordinatorDesign Principles Documentation ProjectIndiana UniversityMeggie WrightReference LibrarianOregon State UniversityLess Yack, More HackMozilla Foundations MozFest SloganThe goal for this session:3Design Principles Documentation Project

Heres what Nates working on

Design Principles Documentation ProjectRebecca ItowAndiRehakKaterina SchenkeCathyTranNateOttoChristine Chow

Daniel Hickey

Principal Investigator

Design Principles Documentation ProjectOut Now: January Interim ReportGoal: To find out how organizations are using digital badges in learning programs.Design Principles Documentation ProjectFour functions of digital badge systemsRecognizing LearningAssessing LearningMotivating LearningStudying Learning

The DPD Project is studying how 30 badge initiatives designed and implemented practices to fulfill these functions in their badge systems.What are Open Badges?

What are Open Badges?

This is hard to explain sometimes

Steve Cody - @scody311

This is hard to explain sometimes.10A badge is an imagewith stuff in it.Sheryl Grant, HASTACThis is hard to explain sometimes11

Web Navigator Badge

- HackasaurusHeres a badge Ive earned that I have displayed in my badge collection.12Credentials of learning or accomplishment."Prof. Dan Hickey, Design Principles Documentation ProjectStuff =Open Badges can contain:Specific claims about learning or accomplishment

Links to supporting evidence

How does this

Web Navigator Badge

- HackasaurusMean this?Meggie Wright can operate a Web browser with celerity.

Metadata!

CC-BY-SA Kyle BowenBadges have metadata that contains all this information:

Heres an example.Badge earners can show their badges to interested parties (parents, friends, potential employers).Interested parties can verify that the badges are real. Interested parties can view relevant evidence and artifacts through links in a badges metadata.

Use this diagram to explain how the the badge (which means ___ can operate a web browser with celerity) moves through the ecosystem.25A digital badge is an online representation of a skill youve earned [that] allows you to verify your skills, interests and achievements through credible organizations.Mozilla Foundation - About Open BadgesHeres another definition26Credible organizations:

Academic institutions Youth organizations Standardized test issuers Professional organizations Libraries! Once youve earned a badge, how do you show it off?The Open Badges Backpack

The backpack is a web application that helps earners organize and share their badges.Collect, Organize and Share

Collect, Organize and Share

The backpack knows that there is metadata embedded in the badgesLets look at this badge for aquaponics water basicsCollect, Organize and Share

It helps show viewers what the badges mean.Digging deep into evidence32Okay, lets get backpacks!

CC-BY neural squirrel

Okay, lets get backpacks!To participate, sign up for a backpack at http://backpack.openbadges.org

How are badges being used in the library discipline?

A case study Nate is working on with the DPD ProjectYALSABadges to recognize librarians skills

YALSA, a division of the ALA focusing on young adult services382012-present

YALSA won a grant to develop a badge system through the Digital Media & Learning Competition Launching this winter

Forthcoming Case StudyYALSA issues badges to recognize professional competencies

Communication, Outreach and Marketing badgeThe goal of YALSAs badge system is to issue badges to librarians and library workers to recognize developing competencies that theyll use in serving young adults.41The badge system will enable librarians and library workers to gain recognition for the new competencies, capacities and skills they are developing in a nontraditional settingYALSA grant proposal to the DML Competition{read quote} Ok, so YALSAs badges recognize what librarians and library workers learn on the job about serving youth. This covers people who have received their library degree as well as non-librarians.42YALSA Competencies for Librarians Serving YouthLeadership and ProfessionalismCommunication, Outreach and MarketingKnowledge of Client GroupAdministrationKnowledge of MaterialsAccess to InformationServicesYALSA had previously defined 7 competencies they think are necessary for serving youth.YALSA had a pre-existing framework of competencies they felt Youth librarians should develop.43The competencies outline the skills and knowledge teen services librarians need to have in order to provide excellent service to this unique age group.YALSA grant proposal to the DML CompetitionOften these skills are developed once librarians have gotten a job serving young adults.44YALSA Competencies for Librarians Serving YouthLeadership and ProfessionalismCommunication, Outreach and MarketingKnowledge of Client GroupAdministrationKnowledge of MaterialsAccess to InformationServicesThey plan to create a badge for each competency.YALSA had these 7, planning to issue a badge as library workers demonstrated each competency.45YALSA Competencies for Librarians Serving YouthLeadership and ProfessionalismCommunication, Outreach and MarketingKnowledge of Client GroupAdministrationKnowledge of MaterialsAccess to InformationServicesstarting with these threeTheyre starting with these three, {list} and then expanding the system to the full 7 once it gets going46Communicator Badge Outcomes

Effectively use social media and mobile technologies in order to advocate for the age groupEffectively use social media and mobile technologies to inform teens about what a library has to offerUnderstand how to select the best technology tool in order to successfully get a message out to a specific audience and for a specific purpose.Use a variety of tools to identify the needs and interests of underserved teensThis is the badge for Communication, outreach & MarketingAnd the outcomes it represents.For each of the competencies, they already had defined outcomes they wanted librarians to demonstrate, like this badge for Communication, Outreach & Marketing.

When YALSA issues this badge, theyre making a claim that the earner can perform these skills on the job. These are specific things, what a lot of people in the badging community call granular skills, in contrast to big credentials like degrees that recognize many skills and experiences at once.47

Who fills each role at YALSA?Fill in who are the players in this diagram.

Badge issuer = YALSA, national professional organizationBadge earner = librarians and library workers serving young adults

Audience = ?????48

Who fills each role at YALSA?Youth librarians & library workersYALSA, national organization????Fill in who are the players in this diagram.

Badge issuer = YALSA, national professional organizationBadge earner = librarians and library workers serving young adults

Audience = ?????49What will YALSA badge earners do with their badges?

Who will they show?50Badge earners can be innovative in how they use the badges:"Sarah Flowers, YALSA President 2011-12This is what YALSA had to say about it: {quote}51"...in virtual resumes or portfolios..."Sarah Flowers, YALSA President 2011-12"...in their yearly employee evaluation or goal-setting process..."Sarah Flowers, YALSA President 2011-12"...on web pages or blogs..."Sarah Flowers, YALSA President 2011-12"...or in some other way that showcases the work theyve done.Sarah Flowers, YALSA President 2011-12

The goal of YALSAs badge system is to issue badges to librarians and library workers to recognize developing competencies that theyll use in serving young adults.56What are some benefits of using badges?

How do they relate to libraries?Badges let you recognize skills learned outside of your formal schooling.At YALSA, librarians earn badges for competencies through informal continuing education and on-the-job experience.I see this as being very relevant to libraries, as much as what libraries do is helping others learn outside of the sphere of formal education.58Badges let you recognize micro-level skills and achievements.With badges, skill and achievement recognition can be more in-depth, complex, and nuanced than traditional methods like degrees and transcripts. Telling a more complex, nuanced story about a persons learning. Compared to traditional degrees, which is a slip of paper, maybe a transcript. Badges include proof of specific achievements, often linked to the evidence of that achievement. You dont usually get that with a traditional bachelors degree.59Badges let learners show off each achievement in the right context.Earners can pick and choose which badges to display to tell the story that they want to tell, just as one might tailor a resume to different job positions. You can pick and choose which badges to display to tell the story that you want to tell, just as you might tailor your resume to different job positions. Badges can also be used in different online contexts: online resume, portfolio, blog, etc.60Enough Yack, Lets Hack!Meggie and Nate61Time to earn a badge!

http://bit.ly/hackasaurus

Lets get that in the backpack!You can operate a Web browser with celerity.

Where and how could badges fit in libraries?emdot (cc-by-nc-sa)Badges let you recognize skills learned outside of your formal schooling.

Badges let you recognize micro-level skills and achievements.Badges let learners show off each achievement in the right context.

What skills do library workers learn on the job at your institution?Knowledge of Materials

What could you claim about the librarian who put together this display?Newton Free Library (cc-by-nc-nd)What skills or accomplishments do users gain at the library?

What badges couldyou imagine here?ACPL (cc-by-nc-nd)What could you say about the librarians who planned this event?

What would 72Is your library doing work that goes unrecognized?

Could issuing badges help?

Jessamyn West (cc-by-nc-sa)A librarian helping teach computer skillsWho might earn a badge here?Librarian Jessamyn West uploaded this one. People teaching and learning computer skills in the library. The man on the right learned how to organize and reply to email. The woman on the left learned how to save and reopen text documents. Who might earn a badge here?74ResourcesHungry for more? Want to get involved?75

Weekly conference callshttp://bit.ly/OpenBadgesCommunityCalls

Active discussion communityhttp://bit.ly/badgesgroup

Technical Documentation

Visual design toolsBadge Studio

Lightweight issuing platforms

Someone to ask questions

Someone to ask questions

Someone to ask questionsDesign Principles Documentation ProjectOut Now: January Interim Report

http://iudpd.indiana.edu/JanuaryReport Design Principles Documentation ProjectOut Now: Design Principles Card Deckhttp://iudpd.indiana.edu/CardDeck

Thank you for viewingOpen Badges Open Doors!

What do you think? Let us know!Thomas Hawk (cc-by-nc)

Nate OttoProject CoordinatorDesign Principles Documentation ProjectIndiana UniversityMeggie WrightReference LibrarianOregon State University@ottonomy@MeggieWright