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WELCOME TO THE OPEN BADGES COMMUNITY PROJECT CALL
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MEETING: April 8, 2015
Please state your name each time you speak.
Please include your name when you write notes in the etherpad.
Roll Call: Who's here?
Please add your name / Twitter handle / email address / intention for your involvement in the wider badges community:
First time introductions:
- Carla Casilli / @carlacasilli / firstname.lastname@example.org (avail for first 10-12 minutes only today)
- Christine Capota / @ChristineCapota / email@example.com @bos.frb.org
- Don Presant / @donpresant
- Meredith Summs / @meredithsumms / @mousesquad / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Serge Ravet / @szerge
- Megan/ @megcolek / email@example.com
- Alan Reid / @alanjreidphd / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sunny @soletelee
- Sarah Stoeckl, @sarah_stoeckl
- Geoffroi Garon / @geoffroigaron
- Kyle Peck @kylepeck email@example.com (Penn State)
- Kerri Lemoie / @kayaelle
- Peter McAliney / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Matteo Bertazzo / @mbertazz
- Erin Knight / @eknight
- brenda Perea/@email@example.com
- Nicholas Cummings @nickmhc firstname.lastname@example.org
Please add your name / Twitter handle / email address / intention for your involvement in the wider badges community.
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- Brett Herzog / email@example.com
- Reem Yared / Reem@HelpAroundTown.com
- Peter McAliney / firstname.lastname@example.org - looking to offer badges around interfaith/intercultural courses that the university I am working with will start offering
REMINDER: these calls are recorded for future review
What are you working on this week? We'll come back to this after the soft skills agenda item.
Share updates from ongoing projects, plans for the coming months, and connect with others on similar initiatives*
*Don't forget to include your name before your updates!
- Nate: Badges Specification work is moving forward, getting ready to finalize the 1.1 release. Check out this post for a few final details and decisions that need to be made to finalize this version of the spec. Please provide your insight on the options available and the recommendations listed: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/openbadges/14PENXssP-s/qJ-7ZqsfJ0IJ
- Carla: soft skills / workforce badge initiative noted on the etherpad below
- Standard wg/w3c cred cg: continuing to hone in on the use cases doc and vocabulary doc. Really feeling like the homestretch.
Soft skills, workforce development and badging
A bunch of interested folks :)
- Audience considerations
- Frameworks: US Ed, AAC&U Value Rubrics, GSX, ChildTrends (global), Canada Essential Skills
- Skill areas: soft skills, employability skills
- Issuing opportunities: multiiple to illustrate wide-ranging skill
- Partners: workforce, certification orgs, academia
- Endorsement opportunities
- Can we develop a core set of definitions?
- What are some proposed initial areas?
- Who can represent those areas?
Name / interests / commitments
We've had folks mention that they can collect frameworks, they're working on frameworks, interested in collaborating—what can you help with?
Notes / questions / comments:
- Don: What is our key use case? I suggest graduates with honours and associate degrees as the sweet spot (not to exclude the others, but this is a ggod centre, IMO)
- Crosswalks, protocols for alignment
- graduate learning outcomes: employers say they're interested in these things
- potential for developing cross-walks (a way of dealing with differing definitions)
- I've seen it used for the graduate outcomes (for General Education Courses) at Deakin University in Australia
- At Penn State, we're going to be using badges for "Engaged Scholarship," with badges for things like Systems Thinking, Gobal Awareness, Critical Thinking, etc. The purpose is to demonstrate the value of these "out of classroom experiences" to potential employers. etc. I love the idea of learners (all people, actually) developing a portfolio of "soft skills" badfes that demonstrate the application of these skills and attributes in many contexts.
- Work is currently exploratory.
- Places where Christine and Chris can be helpful is the domain expertise in workforce.
- Audience is 16 - 24 and low income.
- One of the things C and C are looking at are child trends. Surprised at level of domestic interest.
- identifying taxonomy and vetting with sectors
- entree into the workforce but adapt to adult workforce
- CC: Understand not everyone is ready to dive in but maybe we can start with a reference framework.
- Don: What about levels, ie levels of complexity?
- C and C interest is around young adults and entree into workforce. However this work can still extend to adults, GED students, and immigrant populations.
- Canada Essential Skills useful for this...leveled descriptions of transversal skills for different occupations
- Kyle: Really love idea of shared core definition of attributes. We might define systemd thinking is in general and agree to some core definition and also be mindful of nuances in different disciplines.
- Thinking of using this in engaged scholarship. They develop these important attributes in people. See the real benefit in having mutiple definitions that might share a core.
- DP: Think this is great. Followup Q: To what extent are we traying to nail a skill with a badge or have the badge be an indicator. Also what about levels and levels of sophistication. Example would be something that would be mid career level vs. workforce entry in terms of say customer service.
- Chris from Boston Fed, if you take a look at child trend taxonomy, might help address that.
- Don I suggest separate call(s) wtih its own etherpad series. Is this a BA Workplace instance? Kyle: +1 I would participate in a regular call on this topic, perhaps every two weeks?+1
- Chris from the Fed: existing efforts mentioned in the thread. Wonder if we can continue the thread or develop a new thread that focuses on that. Not just potential frameworks but education of new efforts or efforts happening in the private sector.
- Perhaps even a wiki for this group, in which we might propose definitions, edit them, add references, comment, etc? Christine+1
- or Google Doc+1? Is a wiki better+1? Ah, OK. Christine - we should use whatever works best for the group
- Didi I miss a link for Child Trends? Can't find a good doc for it...
- Badging is great for this, because soft skills can't be "measured" so people avoid "grading" them of "certifying" so they rarely get formal attention. But there's SO MUCH VALUE in defining and identifying these skills and attributes, and working toward developing them. Thanks!
Coastal Carolina Badging Program
Background: Last year, I developed and launched an online program (http://ccc.coastal.edu/) in which students earn performance-based digital badges in their first-year writing courses (English 101 and 102). We were able to successfully convince the college to recognize badges as a legitimate credit hour. Now, the ENGL courses that were traditionally 3 credit hours have become 4 credit hour courses, with the fourth hour defined as students' demonstrated ability to earn the digital badges (each badge takes students roughly 1-1.5 hours to complete). Obviously, this had a large impact on the rest of the university, shifting entire programmatic curriculums, as well as affecting financial aid and tuition schedules. We began the program last August, and so far, we have had an overwhelmingly positive response.
Initially, our rationale for implementing badges was to offer a consistent pedagogical approach to the student learning outcomes across the 122 sections of ENGL 101/102 (taught by 63 different full and part-time faculty members). Beyond this, however, we have seen a more quantifiable and performance-based assessment of student learning compared to previous semesters. Faculty seem to be more engaged and aware of the SLOs, and students view the program favorably. We also observed an increase in intrinsic motivation for some learners.
- Looking for multi modal approach to composition program which is English 101 and 102 for undergrads during fall freshmen year. Didn't want standard adaptive learning program.
- 101 class have 8 badges
- Looking at something like synthesis. Pulling in as many multimedia resources as possible. Badges contain things like podcasts, infographics, etc.
- Students go through these and at the end of the badge is an assignment. Students produce an artifact that demonstrates their skill. Faculty approves or denies student.
- Platform is built on WP + BadgeOS hosted on university server.
- What does this do with student motivation levels? (extrinsic award concern.) Alan designed program but content was contributed by faculty. Conducted multiple workshops to train faculty. Was able to get a lot of faculty buy-in.
- This program added an additional credit hour to the course. 4th credit hour added to require students to earn these badges. This required going through many hoops - scheduling, instrucctor pay, financial aid. (wow)
- Still deailng with repurcussions because this ended up affecting the entire university.
- For the most part, have good amount of faculty buy-in.
- In terms of implementation, wanted to add as much flexibilty as possible. Approach was to be as collaborative as possible. Up to instructors the sequence of badges in which they are introduced pedagogically.
- Badges account for 25% of student final grade. They don't necessarily have to earn the badges but their grade is significantly affected. Grade-weightedness is something they're playing with.
- In terms of activity had over 18,000 submissions for badges, dividied amont 63 faculty members. 11,000 ended up being approved. Acceptance rate of about 72%. Instructor gets to decide how to grade this work. Some instructors can allow for multiple submissions. Other instructors allow just one submissions.
- Really looked at intrinsic motivation.
- Badges were not the magic bullet.
- At the end of the semester, distributed a survey. Badges were viewed positiviely. If they were successful in the program, view was much mroe favorable.
Questions / comments:
- Peter McA: What LMS does Coastal use? Did IT have any difficulty with you developing in WordPress? Does it interact with Student Inforamtion System (e.g., Banner)?
- use moodle. When developing this we were using Bb. Moodle does have badging feature but not sure how to make it work. Chose to use standalone website. Not all faculty uses moodle to the extent that the university would like. Also there are other members that use their own like Canvas. Didn't want to be tethered to one LMS.
- Badging seems to work well in WP environment, We have an LMS.
- There was a tradeoff.
- Kyle: unnamed:09:29 Alan, This link doesn't seem to work: (http://ccc.coastal.edu/ )
- Kyle: unnamed:09:37 I like the ability to re-submit. Competency-based approaches make sense, but we may need to change the fiscal model for higher ed to where learners are paying for the assessments.
- Kyle: unnamed:09:40 Thanks, Alan. Great work. Are you willing to do virtual presentation on this to my colleagues at Penn State?
- Don: Are there plans to bring in employers, to create employability badges? <-- I think Chris ended up asking this question Don. Let me know if you have any followup qs on this.
- Chris from Boston Fed: Is it possible for students to get this badge a part from the course?
- Badges were meant to be embedded directly within the course but other documents are showing interest in using these for their own needs.
- Does the badge have any currency within college or community?
- Has grade value- 25%. Still trying to figure this out when students leave the course. Also just launched last semenster. Envisioning future courses that can really add value for students learning path.
- Can see this having more use in a first use program or the seminar course that freshmen are required to take. In some aspects, streteched to make this fit into English model. See this in PD. Students can also earn badges for attending sporting events, talks on campus, etc. In some of the classes they're required to attend an art gallery opening. Students are required to go, snap a selfie and apply for a badge. Students loves this.
- Request from Chris from Boston: You reference data points. Would love to see more details. Can that be posted to discussion thread?
- Working with Sam Abramovich. Publishing a study currently. Happy to share this. Writing a case study for the book that's coming out by book “Foundations of Digtial Badges and Micro-Credentials”.
- Would the demonstration of mastery, is that artifact attached to the badge so that it could be teased out as eportfolio so other faculty an review?
- Yes, these badges are shared to their digital portfolios. Along with that, in the ccc site, all the students have badge profiles. Badge profile page shows all the badges that have been earned along with artifact used to earn it. Archiving student writing for 3 years. At any point can direct faculty to this site to point to the work done.
- Do students have access to the badge?
- Still trying to figure out what value does the "summary" badge have in the workforce. There are badges we're pushing now that certify skills like proficiency in MS office, or different technology applications. Those absolutely will have value to future employers.
- Are you looking to get feedback from local employers, chamber of commerce, etc so that it has currency beyond CCC?
- See that as being the next step of creating that value. Agree should go out to employers. Think this will really impact how students view badges.
- Serge: Are there badges designed by/with the students or are they all designed for them?
- Original ones were designed by faculty but seeking input from students for student designed badges. Would like to eventually explore things like peer review and peer grading.
- Being additional credit hour is more money for adjuncts and faculty but it also means more grading. If you're having to review 10k+ badges that's a lot. Implemented a new position "badguate asst" to help monitor site and trouble shoot any problems. See these things really developing over the years.
- Chris: Really commend student involvement but do think currency comes from faculty designing badge.
- Kyle: unnamed:09:56 I've been poking around inside some of your badges. Great work!! Lot's of detail.
- (just super impressed by this project, so awesome) +1
- Feel free to reach out to Alan for followup questions.
Community Call: March 25, 2015
Articles + blog posts on badges et al
Additional notes for the community
Upcoming conferences and events
Let us know where you're going to be, especially if you're giving - or attending - a badges presentation!
- ePIC conference
- More info: http://www.epforum.eu/ launch of the Open Badge Passport initiative! +1+1
- Barcelona, Spain
- 8-10 June, 2015
Other tutorials, initiatives, and projects to watch
- Issuing platforms:
- Badge issuing platform options (BA wiki):
- Open Badges Speakers List:
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