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Presentation for the JISC RSC Yorks+Humber Annual Conference. #RSCOnline13

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<ul><li>1.Open Badges: Using 'Lightweight' Rewards and Credentials to Increase Motivation and Participation Dr. Ian Glover Senior Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning, Sheffield Hallam University i.glover@shu.ac.ukJISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013</li></ul> <p>2. What is a badge? Visual representation of achievement, experience, affiliation and/or interest - ideally distinctive and understood within a community.JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 3. What is a badge? Visual representation of achievement, experience, affiliation and/or interest - ideally distinctive and understood within a community.Some examples:JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 4. 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 onceawakens an interest and sympathy between them. - Juliette G. Low, Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 5. Why 'Open' badges?Badges increasingly being used to encourage continued 'brand engagement' online e.g. Four Square, Quidco,Also used to represent achievement within a domain e.g games (XBox, Playstation, Steam [PC])However, all separate'Open Badges' allows badges from multiple sources to be gathered together JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 6. Why the buzz about Open Badges for Education?Growing recognition that lots of learning happens outside the classroomGrade transcripts hide the 'truth' about learningStrong links with current trends such as MOOCs, Gamification, Mobile Learning but can be used independently of theseSignificant motivational potential in some situations JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 7. "What's my motivation?"Intrinsic Motivation - Personal - Strong Extrinsic Motivation - External factors - Weak (usually) Mixed motivations common - e.g. interested in the topic, but also want to gain recognition from peers. JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 8. Research conducted at City University LondonAim to identify perceptions and possible value of Open BadgesSemi-structured interviews with staff Whole institution Focus groups with students Health Sciences and EngineeringNone had prior knowledge of badges in HE but some were aware of other uses JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 9. Findings related to student motivationBadges would act as a motivator would push students to go beyond the minimum would support both individual and competitive goalsWhy? To stand out when apply for jobs To help students monitor their progress personal and relative to peers To recognise effort in formative tasksBut, important not to issue too many each badge must represent a genuine achievementOther findings in research paper 10. Open Badges at Sheffield Hallam UniversityCurrent and completed uses International students' engagement in cultural / orientation activities Course representatives Reflective Practice module Planned / proposed uses Information skills Graduate Attributes Staff Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Professional skills for International MBA students JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 11. Share your uses / ideasJISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 12. Places to earn/display Open Badges'Educational' platforms introducing badges: Moodle Blackboard Mahara PebblePad Wordpress DrupalCentral, common 'backpack'(https://backpack.openbadges.org)JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 13. Getting startedImage creation OpenBadges.me (http://openbadges.me) Online Badge Maker (http://www.onlinebadgemaker.com/)Badge creation and issuing badg.us (http://badg.us)All-in-one systems Credly (http://credly.com) Mozilla BadgeKit (http://badgekit.openbadges.org/) - April 2014JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 14. Additional informationFrom me Investigating perceptions and potential of open badges in formal higher education Open Badges: a visual, learner-centric approach to recognising achievement Slideshare Presentations (several on Open Badges)From other people 7 things you should know about Badges - Educause Digital badges for professional development - Educause Review So What Are Open Badges? - JISC RSC Scotland Open Badges Google group Projects from Mozilla Mozfest JISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 15. Contact Dr. Ian Glover i.glover@shu.ac.ukhttp://blogs.shu.ac.uk/telteam@irgloverJISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 16. Claim your Badge!http://badg.us/en-US/badges/claim/3jvwhuJISC RSC Online Conference 2013 (#RSCOnline13) - 5th December 2013 </p>