Rewarding Achievements with Digital Badges

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<p>Surfacing Skills and Rewarding Achievements with Digital BadgesDr. Ian GloverSenior Lecturer in Technology Enhanced LearningSheffield Hallam University (SHU)</p> <p></p> <p>What is a badge?Visual representation of achievement, experience, affiliation and/or interest - ideally distinctive and understood within a community.</p> <p>Some examples:</p> <p>- Juliette G. Low, Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA </p> <p>Badges 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. </p> <p>Badges in Learning?Evidence of achievement, experience, interest, learning and development</p> <p>Potential to increase motivation in some learners</p> <p>Significant interest as a method of representing micro-credentials</p> <p>Motivation by Kyle Bowen (CC: By-SA)</p> <p>Micro-credentials?Lighter-weight than formal credentials, such as degrees, certifications, etc.</p> <p>Encourage development (and sharing) of a fuller picture of an individuals learning and experience</p> <p>Represent life-long and life-wide learning</p> <p>Increasingly standardising around Mozillas digital Open Badges specification</p> <p>Open Badges?Open technology anyone can create, issue, receive and share badgescan collate badges from many sources</p> <p>Cheap to create and issuePotential to automate aspects of processBespoke badges for individuals feasible</p> <p>Embedded details of what each represents</p> <p>Verifiable and securebuilt-in ways to check authenticity</p> <p>Open Badge Anatomy (updated)by Kyle Bowen (CC: By-SA)</p> <p>Example badge from EPCC MOOC</p> <p>How are they used?Surface hidden learning and developmentencouraging more comprehensive reflection</p> <p>Demonstrating proficiency and interests Learner controlled vs. institutionally controlled (e.g. HEAR) </p> <p>Defining Learning Pathways and enabling students to check progress</p> <p>Sharing with:prospective employers on LinkedIn or digital CVfriends and family via Facebook, Twitter, etc.colleagues through appraisal, professional portfolios, etc.</p> <p>Whos using Open Badges?Disney, NASA, New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Smithsonian, Purdue University, ...</p> <p>Nottingham Trent University, Southampton Solent University, University of Sheffield, University of Sussex, University of Warwick, York St. John University, ...and Sheffield Hallam University</p> <p>Morton Takes a MOOC by Kyle Bowen (CC: By-SA)</p> <p>With MOOCs?Association for Learning Technology (ALT), Cardiff University,JISC Scotland, Mozilla Foundation, Open Learning Design Studio (OLDS MOOC), Open University, Oxford Brookes, University of AlicanteUniversity of Central Florida...and Sheffield Hallam University</p> <p>How are they used at SHU?Used as evidence of completing additional (assessed) activities on our MOOCsEnhancing Prostate Cancer Care and Conversations in End of Life Care</p> <p>One badge per topic (one topic per week)</p> <p>Collecting full set and submitting an integrative reflection for assessment = APAL for related module on Masters programme</p> <p>Carpet Badgingby Kyle Bowen (CC: By-SA)</p> <p>Where do I start?Sign-up for an existing platforme.g., Mozilla Backpack</p> <p>Use features built into learning platformse.g. Blackboard, PebblePad</p> <p>Badges at TELFest</p> <p>Some Further InformationWhat are Open Badges? [blog post]</p> <p>Open Badges: Using 'Lightweight' Rewards and Credentials to Increase Motivation and Participation [slides]</p> <p>Open Badges: a visual learner-centric approach to recognising achievement [Blog Post]</p> <p>Towards the Devolution of Lifewide Learning Awards through Verifiable Digital Badges [Book Chapter]</p> <p>or, email to discuss</p>


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