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WELCOME TO THE OPEN BADGES COMMUNITY PROJECT CALL
Google Group: https://bit.ly/OpenBadgesGroup
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Wednesdays, 12 pm ET / 9 am PT / 4pm GMT until April
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The call moderator ('Erin' on Uberconference) can also unmute you from uberconference as well
NEXT MEETING: April 8, 2015
* Note: We will not be meeting on April 1, 2015 due to a conflict in scheduling
MEETING: March 25, 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:
- Matt Rogers / @MattDigitalMe / email@example.com - at Naace Conference so cannot speak but will listen in
- Megan Cole / @megcolek
- Serge Ravet / @szerge badge europe!, europortfolio etc.
- Geoffroi Garon / @geoffroigaron / @uqam and more
- Nate Otto / @ottonomy / Concentirc Sky
- Sarah Stoeckl / @sarah_stoeckl / ISTE
- Kerri Lemoie / @kayaelle / Achievery.com
- Don Presant / @donpresant
- Daniel Hickey firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sunny Lee @soletelee
- Carla Casilli @carlacasilli / email@example.com / helping people create powerful and meaningful badge systems
- Erin Knight / @eknight
- Christine Capota / @ChristineCapota / to present on Boston Fed's Workforce Development and Digital Badging conference
- Chris Shannon / to present on Boston Fed's Workforce Development and Digital Badging conference
- Peter McAliney / firstname.lastname@example.org
First time introductions:
Please add your name / Twitter handle / email address / intention for your involvement in the wider badges community.
We'll give you a chance to unmute and introduce yourself if you want to.
- Peter McAliney / email@example.com - 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?
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!
- Matt - Scouts Badges Proposal / Safe Geolocation Activity and Badges setup across Leeds (YRS, Google Garage, Leeds Library ...)
- Serge - trying to get people interested to review critically (and there is a lot to criticise probably) and discuss a Green Paper on ePortfolios I have written: http://www.europortfolio.org/collaboration/green-paper
- Serge I will work on this as time permits (once I get the Design Principles Documentation project report finished!)
- You should reach out to Lauren Bryant. She did a brialliant review of the literature http://www.theijep.com/pdf/IJEP108.pdf and they are continuing to expand their review of new literature.
- Writing a submission for a European project on Open Badges for making self-employment accessible to all (deadline 31/03)
- Geoffroi - i present my conference (in french) last friday - on slideshare http://www.geoffroigaron.com/2015/03/evenements/badges-numeriques-et-innovation-pedagogique/
- Also, my kickstart meeting for an Teachers professional development badge system (!), and tomorrow, i'll present digitals badges to the hub of Sectoral workforce committees in Quebec. +1 :) +1+1
- Nate: Lots of work on Open Badges Specification
- Dan... Lots and Lots of meetings
- and great conversations with Deb Everhart (Blackboard) Cathy Casserly (EdCast) and Miguel Amigot (IBL studios).
- Badges going forward in Open edX consortium with a xBlock promised for June, (is this an open source release of the existing IBL XBlock? )No they are contracting with IBL to create a new one. Cool - I'm hoping to talk with them about this soon..
- going to a meeting on open digital credentials/credit for prior learning that Gates/ACE is hosting on May 12 and wondering if anybody else is going? (hoping to go, depends on other travel –Carla)
- Had a good open badges workshop at the Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference in Poughkeepsie last week. Carla joined us for a discussion of the Open Badges in Higher Ed and we have tentative callers scheduled trough the summer
- Was just blown away by the awesome work that is happening at colorado that micheal Maklin did. I have a bunch more infor but I am not sure if it is public: but here is a news release: http://www.news.colostate.edu/Release/7568
- Actually megan I do want to share something about EDUCAUSE and Credly
- Big issue with carpet badging
- (personal view-Nate): Partly a technological issue (too much work to include evidence link when issuing large numbers of badges in some platforms), partly a "what should the evidence be, where could it be hosted/can it fit in our platform's existing capabilities, and what is appropriate to share?"
- Some solutions offer the option of adding evidence when accepting a badge; don't always want evidence
- interesting workflow. The content of the badge becomes a bit of a negotiated artifact between issuer and earner...yes, more "with" than "to"
- The EDUCAUSE Website is written in Drupal and they are remaking it and hope to solve the problem
- Sarah - With ISTE, doing a teacher badge award for resource submissions and then beginning to build a competency-based teacher credential. +1+1+1
- Sarah, we just met with somebody who worked with ISTE for many years but is now in Germany--can't remember her name? Here name is Donella Muzik: http://muzikandmuzik.com/author/mmlearn/
- Intriguing. I'm relatively new to the organization so not sure who it would be.
- Don: continuing to work on badge-enabled PLEs for Humanitarian Learning; reaching out to other humanitarian organizations and looking into academic credentialing
A New Vision for Workforce Preparation
Christine Capota and Chris Shannon
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
BA Executive Director Erin Knight was invited to attend an event in January which explored innovations in workforce preparation with an emphasis on digital badging. It focused on new research linking specific work-ready (“soft”) skills to workforce outcomes and explore digital badging as a potential strategy for credentialing these skills. Various stakeholders contributed to the discussions, including young adults, workforce organizations, non-profits, and private industry representatives
More info: http://www.bostonfed.org/education/events/2014/new-vision-for-workforce-preparation/
- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - Regional and Community outreach
- Mission: promote economic growth and communities in NE
- Economic development in smaller cities, literacies issues, workforce development
- Workforce Development
- Research around soft skill came out last fall
- Research created taxonomy of soft skills and linked to workforce outcomes. Was able to identify softskills that you need for a promotion vs. ones you need for entrepreneurial success.
- Digital badging looked like it could be a potential tool for credentialing soft skills.
- Created a convening in Jan where they brought together cross functional people to dive into using digital badges to capture soft skills
- Have an event website that has a lot of resources on digital badging and how it relates directly to workforce development.
- Fortunate to have several subject matter experts including Erin Knight and Jonathan Finkelstein from credly.
- We need more information before we have a definitive answer.
- Looking forward to the whitepaper on the research coming out this Spring
- Whether or not digital badging can be a solution
- Cross sector representation included young adults, employers, higher ed, workforce development and nonprofits in the youth or workforce development space.
- New legislation act passed that converted workforce investment act to workforce opportunity and innovation act.
- WIA (Workforce Investment Act) changed to WIOA (Workforce Opportunity and Investment Act)
- Check out the website for background materials about workforce development skills - See linke 116
- Interest in Digital Badges:
- See it as interesting and thought provoking
- Looking to learn more about how digital badging might apply to workforce development
- Any opinions are presented - are own opinions - not representative of Federal Reserve of Boston
- In the exploratory stage
- Potential for digital badging
- mutually beneficial for youth seeking employment as well as employers
- low to moderate income youth often don't have credentials, demonstrated level of mastery that employers want to see.
- Employers want a pipeline for workforce.
- Digital bading might be a great asset - have a major issue with completion rates
- Low to moderate income youth = opportunity youth
- currently spend time and $$$ but walk away with debt, i.e., poor get poorer
- Create digital badging to illustrate what they have done / accomplished
- Asset to academic institutions and other training programs because forces them to move to demonstration of competency moving away from seat time based assessment.
- Employers are doing something called upskilling. Have greater pool of applicants, loading more pre-screening/gatekeeping in job descriptoins that unfairly leaves out some in the population.
- Employers typically not crednentialing soft skills..they "interview for fit" - often not well
- Loading more and more gate keeping requirements
- might also be called degree inflation
- One potential opportunity is to help employers articulate the skills they are looking for (esp soft skills) +1+1
- Start to create that common vernacular
- Would love to work on ways for badge consumers to indicate what they're looking for in candidate skills.
- Other thing interesting about digital badges
- Badges have proof. Statements like I went to Harvard is self-reported
- I also don't own the Harvard credential. Very little learner agency or ownership.
- Employer can look directly on the link - who issued the badge, what's the evidence, etc.
- Better way to solidify the recruitment process
- Harvard has cred, even if unsupported, so don't want badging to become the new G.E.D. as in a credential that screams "low income" or "academic underachiever" (fair perception or not).
- In this event and in followup convos, despite potential in digital badging there's a threefold hesitancy.
- 1) adoption by employers - badges need to be accepted, needs to be recognized from reputational standpoint as well as technological standpoint.
- In order to accept digital badge tech infrastructure that employers don't have.
- Secondary barrier is credibility. How is this different from certificate of completion? How do we know this badge is meaningful?
- QUESTION: How do we know it's meaningful? How do you differentiate from attendance vs. mastery of skill
- There's the $1M question! How I frame this is, "what data could help me, as a badge consumer, understand what value badges have?", and there are many possible sources of data that could affect a badge's value from different perspectives.
- Don's rejoinder: How do you differentiate between a paper certificate of attendance vs a university transcript? Or a testimonial letter? A badge is only as good as its issuer, just like the paper credential.
- SL THOUGHT: social and technical problems that need to be solved.
- REQUIREMENTS for badge acceptance for employers:
- conceptual acceptance
- technological acceptance
- Mastery is currently an unknown assessment
- 2) Digital badge doesn't appear to have the depth. Reputation important.
- 3) Ongoing expense - employer perspective and credentialing institutions - how much does it cost? is it sustainable? how do you prevent snowballing as numbers increase?
- What makes badging with workforce unique is that it's not a contained environment. In big wide open world where many organizations want to weigh in on what constitutes this badge complicates things.
- Badges are a currency within a certain environment but from a global comprehension perspective, they appear to be difficult to parse
- Quality control - make sure it's at the highest standard - on par with what other students going into universities and jobs
- I think the learners themselves should be part of this conversation, so that we don't spend too much time stuck in how to build 'the right' solutions for them, without asking them what they need or want to be recognized for, etc.
- Next Step: Gather a small community of partners interested in continuing the conversation
- View this conversation as bidirectional. Want to work collaboratively with partners to make this happen.
- Ask: Please reach out if you're interested in soft skills, workforce development credentials to have a conversation to share resources, etc.
- Make sure to announce any conversation venues on http://bit.ly/badgesgroup
Questions / comments:
- Would love to see the research supporting the soft skills and it resultant taxonomy—is that avai
- Any thoughts about badging the National Career Readiness Certificate by ACT?
- We talked with ACT initially and they showed some tentative interest. Would love any more encouragement others could provide to ACT.
- A: ~"Don't see this NCRC as replacing the work that the FRB is considering right now.
- NCRC is more "academic" in focus when it's not hard-skill focused. It would be very hard for them to develop a soft skills assessment in the same style"
- ~"The combination of the skills recognized by NCRC and soft skills could make for a very valuable badge pairing"
- yes, but fundamental skills deficits are often perceived as soft skills deficits; lots of impact from addressing fundamental skills
- Serge: You are making constant references to "credentialing agencies." Could you imagine the use of Open Badges without any such "Credentialing Agencies?" For example, "teamwork" badges could be a series of badges delivered by the sponsors of different jobs to the teams to celebrate their achievements. Those badges could provide much reacher information than "individual" badges. They would connect all the people having achieved a specific goal, demonstrating the ability to work with others.
- Related Q: do you see the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as potential Endorsers of these types of badges?+1
- encouraging community self-issued badges (encouraging creativity & innovation) post-facto endorsed by a trusted organisation (recognition & reputation)
- Great resources compiled by Carla Casilli: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/carla-research
- Lipscomb University PD is badging soft skills using the Polaris frameowrk, but this is very high end..involves day-long "assessment labs"..typically only for mid-senior mgmt
- interesting from the perspective that it is based on industry-accepted skills, though. Thanks for mentioning, Don.
- Did your employer (stakeholders) commit to using badges in hiring evaluations? (or give input to how this might work?)
- Totally agreed on the concept that assessment and endorsement and validation are all worthy of full calls.
- Lots of this will be addressed further at the CGI America meeting this year, in the workforce dev working group. Hope to see some of you there (details below in the event section)
Coastal Carolina Badging Program (PRESENTATION MOVED TO APRIL 8)
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.
NEXT MEETING: April 8, 2015
* Note: We will not be meeting on April 1, 2015 due to a conflict in scheduling
This is not an April Fool's joke. :) :)
Community Call: March 11, 2015
Badger Beats: March 16, 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!
- Open Badges for Engagement, Participation and Progression in the Arts
- 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:
Thank you for joining us!