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  • Open Badges, Open BordersSuzanne ScottBorders College Technology Enhanced Learning Unit

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  • OverviewWhat are Open Badges?How do they work?What do they look like?How are Borders College using them?The journey so farLessons learnedWhere do we go from here?As an institution?Collectively?

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  • Do you remember...Blue and Gold Banquet by Anja Johnson

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/37353087@N03/4056767466

    Im a Brownie by Sarah Joy

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62559061@N06/6921282288

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  • What are Open Badges?Supported by MozillaThe Macarthur FoundationWorking to create a recognised, shared infrastructure for badge creation and display

    Visual representations of achievements, learning, skills, interests and competenciesComplement rather than replace traditional education practicesAll images displayed with approval from Doug Belshaw@Mozilla

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  • The Science bit!An image with metadata hardcoded into themIssuers and EndorsersStays in your dedicated Mozilla badge backpackCan also be displayed in various locations; Linkedin, Moodle, Maharawww.openbadges.orgAll images displayed with approval from Doug Belshaw@Mozilla

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  • Open Badges*Image by Kyle Bowen

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  • What a badge looks like

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  • Why?3 words:Retention

    Motivation

    Employability

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  • Badges in real life @BCIdeas for curriculum based badgesMoodle badges from the TEL teamCPD badgesWorking with local employers

    Lessons learned along the way

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  • BewareWhen introducing badges:Greater communication with all concerned required to ensure sense of ownershipImportance of Senior Management approvalMore time required to accept changeConcerns over time to create badges/additional assessment load

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  • Curriculum based badgesHNC Interactive MediaPodcastingHTML fundamentalsUnderstanding colourPhotographyTeam leadershipDeveloping customer relationships

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  • The processTools available

    In realityYou as a tutor know the areas your students; struggle with and/or already do but dont get credit forBrainstormGet topic and criteria setConsider links to other badges to super badgeThen think about design

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  • The toolsJisc Open Badge toolkithttp://www.jiscrsc.ac.uk/media/421718/jiscopenbadgesdesigntoolkit-print_1.pdf

    DigitalMe Badge Canvashttp://www.digitalme.co.uk/badgecanvas/

    Badgemaker project online toolhttp://badgemakerproject.com/

    An easier process?Practical badge making session with BDU if required?

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  • You are nearing your destination...Moodle User Badge pilotDifferent approachStudent badges to encourage digital literacyUsing Moodle as hostAimed to introduce badges gently to staff and studentsSmall pilot: 4 classes

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  • Moodle Open BadgesStudent badges recognise/encourage:Professional profile creationContribution to discussion forums Electronic submission of assignmentsUse of the VLE generally

    Staff badges recognise /encourage:Innovative use of the VLEGreater use of toolsTime and effort invested

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  • How we did it!Topic agreedCriteria definedPathway createdGraphic designed in-houseBadges issued manually through Moodle

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  • A solution for you?Badges around Placements?Fits with lifelong learning journeyScope for Open Badges in a lifelong learning portfolio?Award open badges for:Successful learnersConfident individualsResponsible citizensEffective contributors

    Other generic issues:AttendanceBehaviour (if appropriate)

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  • Alternative routes diversion in placeIntroducing Open Badges for CPD sessions

    Full support of HR departmentRemoval of paper certificates

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  • Staff CPD

    All staff now have at least one open badge spread awareness

    Increase loyalty and attendance at CPD sessions

    Staff see value in CPD sessions. No longer just mandatory

    Could this work with some of your employers?Work with TEL if appropriate

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  • Objects in the rear view mirror...Its been an interesting journey!Still positive about the value of Open BadgesMore realistic about the work which needs to be done to convince non-believers

    SQA, CDN, Jisc RSC working group will help

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  • Open Badge Highway CodeBadge image design is important but time consuming

    Criteria setting is important for credibility

    Handle concerns sensitively

    Look for like minded evangelists to share thoughts and issues

    Institutional buy-in is keySupport from RSC, SQA and Mozilla important

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  • Future of badges at Borders3 year plan to introduce Open Badges across the curriculumAim to accredit prior learning and introduce bridging badges Considering pathways for learners /identifying badges according to career aspirationsWorking with local employers to raise awareness

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  • Bridges (dependencies)SQA supports the concept of Open Badges and is working in partnership with the Open Badges in Scottish Education Group to support the adoption of Open Badges across a range of sectors. We believe that the infrastructure promotes and supports greater flexibility for learning and the recognition of achievement.

    Permission to Innovate!

    adopting Open Badges as part of the recognition for teachers and appointees through SQA Academy Courses

    Exploring possibilities that Open Badges offer in terms of digital certification in the future

    *Joe Wilson, Head of New Ventures, SQA. Experimental Blog, October 2013

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  • Open Badges Scottish Education GroupJisc OBSEG: Overview and mapping function of Open Badge developments in Scottish educationOversees a number of sub-groups: Learner Progress, Staff Development, Technology and DesignProvides a forum for discussion and the formation of connectionsNow being hosted nationally; SQA and SG

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  • A practical working groupPerhaps through SLTN?Greater support irrespective of levelLearn from each otherUse different platforms

    Scottish learning events (jointly badged)As Chicago Summer or Learninghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WwpwtYNsNk#t=20

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  • Diversions aheadThe creation of suites of subject specific badges which could be shared across the sectorWhat tools should be used?Clear guidelines for planning, designing and issuing badges (toolkit)Work with schoolsEmpower students/pupils to create their own badgesPeer assessment

    Working group maintenance (OBSEG)Funding?Projects?

    Introducing Open Badges to employers to ensure valueRole for BDU?

    Fitting the pieces together work is still fragmented

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  • Interested?You could start by looking at:Mozillas Open Badges site to find out how to use the Open Badge Infrastructure to earn, issue and display Open Badges.http://openbadges.org, then set up your backpack and earn your first badge

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  • Further informationFind out more about the Jisc Regional Support Centre (RSC) Scotland pilot of Open Badges. rsc-scotland.org/?page_id=2223

    Open Badges in Scottish Education Group. bit.ly/obseg

    Open Badges case studies. rsc-scotland.org/?tag=open-badges

    Open Badges blog posts. rsc-scotland.org/eassessment/tag/open-badges/

    *Jisc support

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  • Any questions?For more information:Suzanne ScottSscot@borderscollege.ac.uk@sscotborders01896 662576

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    Was anyone a member of either the brownies, scouts or guides etc...if so the concept of badges is familiar to you. Complete a task and earn a badge.*You can find out more by going to this website where you can set up your own backpack and even gain your first badge*So what is a badge?Online, visual representations of achievements, skills, attributes, learning, competencies, contributions etcDigital badges with metadata baked in these include criteria and can include evidenceAlign to a standard developed by an international communityUnderpinned by the Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) developed by MozillaProvide an opportunity to capture and demonstrate some of those skills