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Informal to Formal Learning

Recognising informal learning with digital badgesPatrina Law, Head of Free Learning@HigherEdPatrinawww.slideshare.net/patrinalaw

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2Why do we do free learning?

ELIZABETH THE SECOND by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Our other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith

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Our commitment to open

4What is OpenLearn?Comprehensive: Over 900 free courses 1-100 hrs in length.

From introductory to masters.

Inspiring: Enriched with inspiring topical videos, interactive games, quizzes, polls and articles.

Rewarding: Recognising progress and achievements through personal profiles, certification and digital badging.

Points you can use when presenting please tailor to suit your audience

In terms of our Unit Plan, our major achievements so far this year are

***Encourage team to contribute***

Our priorities for the rest of the year are

***Once complete***

Now we are looking forward to building our 14/15 plan / finalising our 14/15 plan

___________________________________________________________________________

Notes for Presenters

Add your significant successes in the last year and the key priorities as set out in your 13/14 Business Plan and developing 14/15, and any team specific significant focuses not articulated in the plan.

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5How does informal learning begin?5

Points you can use when presenting please tailor to suit your audience

In terms of our Unit Plan, our major achievements so far this year are

***Encourage team to contribute***

Our priorities for the rest of the year are

***Once complete***

Now we are looking forward to building our 14/15 plan / finalising our 14/15 plan

___________________________________________________________________________

Notes for Presenters

Add your significant successes in the last year and the key priorities as set out in your 13/14 Business Plan and developing 14/15, and any team specific significant focuses not articulated in the plan.

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Awareness and Inspired Interest

& Explore Interests

& Engage with Community & Courses

& Register Identity

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Engaging new learners

Each channel or platform can bring special features

Those in the inner rings do everything the others in the outer rings do .

Broadcast channels very good for inspiring interest on scale and raising awareness

Online distribution channels allow greater opportunity to explore interests

Social channels allow community building and some allow commitment to not just exploring learning materials but actually taking a course in a group

OpenLearn allows all of the above

Each channel/platform has different scale and demographic

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7Why is this activity important?77

Enquirers: 13% of visitor enquire about qualifying with the OU.

39mTotal visitors worldwide inspired by free learning from the OU since launch.

4.9mNew visitors every year.

0.5m

A showcase for new studentsA taster of paid-for contentConfidence buildingA taster for studying online / distanceA re-use/repurposing of content (reduces costs)Improved grades in students

Points you can use when presenting please tailor to suit your audience

In terms of our Unit Plan, our major achievements so far this year are

***Encourage team to contribute***

Our priorities for the rest of the year are

***Once complete***

Now we are looking forward to building our 14/15 plan / finalising our 14/15 plan

___________________________________________________________________________

Notes for Presenters

Add your significant successes in the last year and the key priorities as set out in your 13/14 Business Plan and developing 14/15, and any team specific significant focuses not articulated in the plan.

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Who are our OpenLearn learners?

Points you can use when presenting please tailor to suit your audience

In terms of our Unit Plan, our major achievements so far this year are

***Encourage team to contribute***

Our priorities for the rest of the year are

***Once complete***

Now we are looking forward to building our 14/15 plan / finalising our 14/15 plan

___________________________________________________________________________

Notes for Presenters

Add your significant successes in the last year and the key priorities as set out in your 13/14 Business Plan and developing 14/15, and any team specific significant focuses not articulated in the plan.

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9How do they feel about their learning?

58%A test to give confidence my next module choice is appropriate for me

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80%Declare improved confidence in ability to study. Are students. 29% of enrolled are OU students.Want OU-branded recognition for informal learning.More likely to take another free course. More likely to recommend OU content to others.

80%

80%The free extracts of courses gave me confidence to enroll in my first moduleI have also been using them to practice time management.A good talking point and something to include on my CVFees are now too high for me to consider continuing my degreeThank you for providing a resource for people that cannot get to a facility due to physical or financial difficulty.

Points you can use when presenting please tailor to suit your audience

In terms of our Unit Plan, our major achievements so far this year are

***Encourage team to contribute***

Our priorities for the rest of the year are

***Once complete***

Now we are looking forward to building our 14/15 plan / finalising our 14/15 plan

___________________________________________________________________________

Notes for Presenters

Add your significant successes in the last year and the key priorities as set out in your 13/14 Business Plan and developing 14/15, and any team specific significant focuses not articulated in the plan.

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10What do informal learners want now?

Cross (2007) describes informal learning as the unofficial, unscheduled, impromptu way people learn but in an environment where ...no one assigns grades and ...no one takes attendance.

We have moved from Cross anonymous world to one of identified informal learning. Whilst learning is still taking place as a supplement to formal learning there is a growing demand and expectation that informal learners want recognition for their achievements and engagement that can be acknowledged beyond a closed forum of learners.

want OU-branded recognition for informal learning.

80%

Points you can use when presenting please tailor to suit your audience

In terms of our Unit Plan, our major achievements so far this year are

***Encourage team to contribute***

Our priorities for the rest of the year are

***Once complete***

Now we are looking forward to building our 14/15 plan / finalising our 14/15 plan

___________________________________________________________________________

Notes for Presenters

Add your significant successes in the last year and the key priorities as set out in your 13/14 Business Plan and developing 14/15, and any team specific significant focuses not articulated in the plan.

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11Why award badges?Image credits: Thornhill School http://thornhillschool.org.uk/current/latest-news/-/post/blue-peter-badges; and Patrina Law.

A means to recognise learning, to motivate learners, and to provide evidence of skills and achievements in a variety of formal and informal settings

Points you can use when presenting please tailor to suit your audience

In terms of our Unit Plan, our major achievements so far this year are

***Encourage team to contribute***

Our priorities for the rest of the year are

***Once complete***

Now we are looking forward to building our 14/15 plan / finalising our 14/15 plan

___________________________________________________________________________

Notes for Presenters

Add your significant successes in the last year and the key priorities as set out in your 13/14 Business Plan and developing 14/15, and any team specific significant focuses not articulated in the plan.

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12Digital badging in HEResearch tells us that they are used:

by educators in MOOCs to reward and motivate learners to participate in a group. by learners to let others know of their mastery usually in closed, online, tutored environments. by universities as a method of encouraging first year students to complete and for staff development

Awarding of a badge can often be a manual activity.

Points you can use when presenting please tailor to suit your audience

In terms of our Unit Plan, our major achievements so far this year are

***Encourage team to contribute***

Our priorities for the rest of the year are

***Once complete***

Now we are looking forward to building our 14/15 plan / finalising our 14/15 plan

___________________________________________________________________________

Notes for Presenters

Add your significant successes in the last year and the key priorities as set out in your 13/14 Business Plan and developing 14/15, and any team specific significant focuses not articulated in the plan.

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13Engaging with informal and formal learnersLaunched in 2015, Badged Open Courses (BOCs):Give informal learners the recognition theyve requested.Give prospective students the skills to be prepared for undergraduate study.Give our current students a means of developing and displaying skills relevant to career progression.Created using repurposed module content or via current module productionCheaper to produce than our MOOCsNo tutoring overheadBadging infrastructure interoperable with open standards

Points you can use when presenting please tailor to suit your audience

In terms of our Unit Plan, our major achievements so far this year are

***Encourage team to contribute***

Our priorities for the rest of the year are

***Once complete***

Now we are looking forward to building our 14/15 plan / finalising our 14/15 plan

___________________________________________________________________________

Notes for Presenters

Add your significant successes in the last year and the key priorities as set out in your 13/14 Business Plan and developing 14/15, and any team specific significant focuses not articulated in the plan.

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14Badge displayMozilla Backpack (or other aggregator)My OpenLearn ProfileSocial networks e.g. LinkedIn

Printable certificate

https://backpack.openbadges.org/backpack/login

Points you can use when presenting please tailor to suit your audience

In terms of our Unit Plan, our major achievements so far this year are

***Encourage team to contribute***

Our priorities for the rest of the year are

***Once complete***

Now we are looking forward to building our 14/15 plan / finalising our 14/15 plan

___________________________________________________________________________

Notes for Presenters

Add your significant successes in the last year and the key priorities as set out in your 13/14 Business Plan and developing 14/15, and any team specific significant focuses not articulated in the plan.

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15BOC assessment frameworkLearners need to achieve 50% to pass an assessmentLearners are given three attemptsIf they fail on the third attempt, they can retake after 24 hoursPractice assessment is available throughout the courseAll pages of the course must have been readFormal assessment takes place halfway and at the end

Two successful assessments = 1 badge

Points you can use when presenting please tailor to suit your audience

In terms of our Unit Plan, our major achievements so far this year are

***Encourage team to contribute***

Our priorities for the rest of the year are

***Once complete***

Now we are looking forward to building our 14/15 plan / finalising our 14/15 plan

___________________________________________________________________________

Notes for Presenters

Add your significant successes in the last year and the key priorities as set out in your 13/14 Business Plan and developing 14/15, and any team specific significant focuses not articulated in the plan.

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16BOC impact since March 2015

1500 badges issuedThe BOCs are generating over 12,000 new visitors a month to OpenLearnThey drive a very high proportion of learners to click-through to make an enquiry to the OU (~28%)Completion rates of BOCs are higher than our MOOCs400 formal module registrations have been made (mostly entry level) 3000 prospectus requestsSatisfaction rates are very high (~98%) Surveys have also shown that up to 57% say that they will be sharing their achievements with an employer or prospective employer

Points you can use when presenting please tailor to suit your audience

In terms of our Unit Plan, our major achievements so far this year are

***Encourage team to contribute***

Our priorities for the rest of the year are

***Once complete***

Now we are looking forward to building our 14/15 plan / finalising our 14/15 plan

___________________________________________________________________________

Notes for Presenters

Add your significant successes in the last year and the key priorities as set out in your 13/14 Business Plan and developing 14/15, and any team specific significant focuses not articulated in the plan.

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17BOC impact data analysisBOCs as a motivator and for recognition

71% perceive digital badge and certificate as equally important

Responses to What does earning a badge mean to you?

Source: SurveyMonkey. End of course survey, English skills for learning.The basic accreditation from these badges adds more value to the work I put inThank you for giving me the confidence to do something I thought I had no intellect to actually do

Points you can use when presenting please tailor to suit your audience

In terms of our Unit Plan, our major achievements so far this year are

***Encourage team to contribute***

Our priorities for the rest of the year are

***Once complete***

Now we are looking forward to building our 14/15 plan / finalising our 14/15 plan

___________________________________________________________________________

Notes for Presenters

Add your significant successes in the last year and the key priorities as set out in your 13/14 Business Plan and developing 14/15, and any team specific significant focuses not articulated in the plan.

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18BOCs supporting professional development39-57% will show badge to employer

BOCs as preparedness and driver for studyPromising demographic for undergraduate recruitment (younger than OpenLearn overall) and existing qualifications: only 7-17% hold undergraduate degree compared to 26% on OpenLearn (M...

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