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Democratizing Credentialing with Badges [clear filter]
Wednesday, November 6
 

10:45am

Learner-Driven Liberation: Open Badges & New Knowledge Sharing
In an age of anywhere, anytime learning, learners and educators who design Open Badges are re-inventing recognition. Credentials no longer need to be limited to transcripts or printed certificates; now they can be virtual, shareable and peer-issued. Advocates of open educational resources can use Mozilla's open technical standard to make symbols of skills and interests portable and interoperable. Our conversational panel will feature badge issuing educational organizations and employers interested in using badges to identify talent. Together, we'll examine real world examples of badges in the wild. Our panel will also explore: a) the ways in which badges can be used to demonstrate interests and competencies; and b) the methods by which individuals are using badges to access new educational and professional opportunities. The conversation will focus on current and future interpretations of skill and interest recognition for organizations, educators, and learners.

Speakers

Wednesday November 6, 2013 10:45am - 11:10am
White Pine

11:15am

Using Open Badges and an Open Course to Enhance and Extend Learning
We will present our design for an open badge system currently in use in an undergraduate technology course for education majors. Our design is an attempt to use badges and an open online course to not only enhance student learning but also to encourage continued learning once our course has ended.

Theoretical Background
Open badges can provide a credential for learning that occurs in a non-traditional setting, a space in which few institutions are providing credentials. This makes open badges a textbook example of a disruptive innovation. However, since badges can also be used in a traditional setting, universities and other traditional credentialing institutions can adapt by using open badges to enhance their current course offers and encourage lifelong learning in a non-traditional setting.

Design of our Badges
By creating and issuing open badges, we hoped to not only motivate students to meet higher standards of learning, but also encourage students to continue learning after completing the course and thus extend our students? learning beyond our one-credit course. To this end, our badge system is multi-tiered, open to students not currently enrolled at our institution, and is integrated into an open online version of the course.

Inspired by Mozilla?s ?constellations? from the early designs for their webmaker.org badge system, we decided to graphically organize and group together the various technologies students could choose to learn. Our system had three different levels of badges. The lowest level consisted of badges with a small scope; the second tier of badges represented mastery of larger technologies and corresponded to major projects in the course; and the third badge level represented course-level mastery of all technologies and concepts taught in the course.

We created additional levels of badges beyond our course to provide a way for teachers to learn how to successfully integrate into actual teaching experiences the technologies they have previously learned in our class.

Design of the Open Online Course
To help our former students continue earning badges (as there are more badges available than are needed to complete the course), or any inservice teacher, we created an open online version of the course. By using asynchronous video discussions, currently enrolled students and inservice teachers can interact with each other and discuss class topics, real-world challenges inservice teachers are experiencing, and ways to use technology in their specific subject. We believe this approach will help our current students have a more authentic experience in learning and preparing to use these technologies and bring to their attention challenges facing current teachers. We believe inservice teachers will benefit by not only learning technologies and earning badges, but by discussing with our current students to gain insights from a younger demographic.

Current findings
We have just recently collected data from the first semester implementation, and in our presentation will share this data on how our implementation of the badges impacted student achievement and motivation.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Randall

Daniel Randall

Ph.D. Candidate, Brigham Young University
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Richard West

Associate Professor, Instructional Psychology and Technology Department, Brigham Young University


Wednesday November 6, 2013 11:15am - 11:40am
White Pine

11:45am

Building an Online Course with Badges: a Practical Guide
You're interested in incorporating badges into your course to engage and motivate students and to track achievement against learning milestones and outcomes. You?d also like to incorporate open badge publishing. This session will help with your success by preparing you to 1) plan for a blend of badges from human recognition as well as system recognition; 2) determine what types of system recognition you can and should leverage; 3) combine peer- and instructor-determined badges; and 4) plan appropriately for publishing to the Mozilla Open Badge Backpack. This session is intended to be quick and practical, leveraging a simple approach reflective of emerging best practices for first-timers.

Speakers
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Wade Weichel

Director, Product Management, Blackboard


Wednesday November 6, 2013 11:45am - 12:10pm
White Pine

1:15pm

Teaching Online Effectively
The Georgia Virtual Learning program is announcing an open online K-12 teacher training program that focuses on skills necessary to be successful instructor in the online environment. Five micro credentialed badge quests, including Participate, Navigate, Create, Evaluate, and Communicate, will be available in three pathways. These pathways include self-paced no credit, self-paced self-awarded, and paced/verified credentialing. The program will be in beta testing through the Fall and available on the web starting January of 2014. Open online teacher training will be created in a WordPress site with plug in supported by BadgeStack through Learning Times.

Speakers
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Tami Echard

Supervisor of Instructional Development, Georgia Virtual School
We will be starting our fourth year of OER Course development for 6-12 courses. We are starting an Elementary School Spanish Pilot program and will add some OER Resources for this level as well.
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Jay Heap

Director, Georgia Virtual School
Jay Heap currently serves as the Director of Virtual Learning for the State of Georgia. He has been involved with online learning including teaching, content development, and administration since 2005. He was instrumental in creating the Georgia Credit Recovery program, a free program... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2013 1:15pm - 1:40pm
White Pine

1:45pm

Badge-Empowered Learning
Georgia Virtual Learning is developing a series of online professional development programs using BadgeOS, a powerful open source platform for rewarding learner achievement and community engagement and issuing digital micro-credentials [digital badges]. The session will explore options available through BadgeOS for designing, issuing and displaying micro-credentials at any organization. Some of the features available with BadgeOS include customizable implementations, extensive knowledge and community triggers for recognizing achievements and social contributions, and the idea of building an iTunes like open source badge and content library. Digital micro-credentials issued through BadgeOS are compliant with Mozilla Open Badge (OBI) standards and are opening up new job opportunities, exposing new learning pathways, and helping connect people with communities where they can have an impact and where their skills and experience are valued and needed. Digital micro-credentials can be issued to anyone ? in the elementary school setting to the corporate setting to people engaged and committed to lifelong learning.

Speakers
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Tami Echard

Supervisor of Instructional Development, Georgia Virtual School
We will be starting our fourth year of OER Course development for 6-12 courses. We are starting an Elementary School Spanish Pilot program and will add some OER Resources for this level as well.
avatar for Jay	 Heap

Jay Heap

Director, Georgia Virtual School
Jay Heap currently serves as the Director of Virtual Learning for the State of Georgia. He has been involved with online learning including teaching, content development, and administration since 2005. He was instrumental in creating the Georgia Credit Recovery program, a free program... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2013 1:45pm - 2:10pm
White Pine