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MEETING: October 14, 2015
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Roll Call: Who's here?
Please add your name / Twitter handle / email address / intention for your involvement in the wider badges community:
- Doug Belshaw / @dajbelshaw / firstname.lastname@example.org / Consulting on Open Badges (was part of original Mozilla Open Badges team)
- Matt Rogers / @mattdigitalme / email@example.com / Open Badges in Education
- Nate Otto / @ottonomy / Badge Alliance
- Bert Jehoul / @jeborsel / firstname.lastname@example.org / Project Team member BeBadges @be_badges - Belgian Badge Backpack by selor.be
- Simone Ravaioli / @psykoreactor / email@example.com / Serendipity Developer for .Bestr www.bestr.it - Italian Badge Factory powered by CINECA
- Vincent Van Malderen /@vincentvm / firstname.lastname@example.org / Project manager Be Badges (@be_badges) (Open Badges platform for Belgian labour market)
- Randy Macdonald/@email@example.com/Innovation Academy-InnovateOregon
- Anh Nguyen / @badgediscovery / firstname.lastname@example.org / Lurking on pad / Help ppl find badges
- Alison Smith / @alisondme / email@example.com / City wide badging and arts
- James Willis / @Willis3James / Indiana University / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Serge Ravet / @szerge / badge europe
- Kerri Lemoie /@kayaelle email@example.com / Ed Tech & Open Badges Tech Consultant
- David Santucci / firstname.lastname@example.org / Not really doing much with badges at the moment, but am interested in keeping up with what's happening in the community.
- Dan Hoffman / @RedCritter / email@example.com / www.redcritterteacher.com
- Bryan Mathers / @BryanMMathers / firstname.lastname@example.org - doing some visual thinkery on badges : www.visualthinkery.com
- Andy Stutzman / @AndrewDStutzman / email@example.com / badging for STEM education and youth/adult workforce training with Digital On-Ramps and Drexel Univ.
- Carla Casilli / @carlacasilli / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dan Hickey /email@example.com
- Kevin Field/@kevin_DMefirstname.lastname@example.org/Badging for young people in informal settings (Ex Senior Youth Worker) also Badge the World
- Brett Herzog / email@example.com
- Matteo Bertazzo / @mbertazz / .Bestr / CINECA
- Sunny Lee @soletelee
- Charles Schultz / / firstname.lastname@example.org / trying to adopt badging at Parkland community college, taking a passing attempt at defining a taxonomy for database badges
- Paul Nauert / @PaulFromDP / email@example.com / Digital Promise
First time introductions:
- Eben Myers / @ebenmyers / firstname.lastname@example.org / Just checking things out
REMINDER: these calls are recorded for future review and soundbites <-- I hope permission is sought for the latter - easy to take people's comments out of context...+1+1
- Interesting point, Doug -- We don't actively use this feature, and to my knowledge it has not been done, though the audio is openly published as CC-BY content on archive.org -Nate No problem, just good to surface these things :)
What are you working on this week?
- Computing Curriculum Open Badges Portal - Badges for CPD, Assessment and Teaching of the UK CC / Cyber Security Badges - shout out for pilot schools (Year 9 - UK/Grade8/9 - US)
- Working on a TEDx Talk on Open Badges - www.tedxbologna.com - The "prestige" of Open Badges - making the invisible manifest <--Great! Love that film.
- On Friday Simone will run a workshop with for big association of enterprises (Confindustria http://www.giovanimprenditori.org/) -- Facebook Italy, youth entrepreneurs. PWC sponsors. "Professions of the future"
- Preparing a Wokshop on "New Professions" with Facebook Italy and PwC (new professions, new skills, new tools)
- James: Great talk yesterday at Higher Ed WG by Al Byers of National Science Teacher Association (NSTA). Recording, presentation, and Etherpad here: https://sites.google.com/site/openbadgesinhighereducation/working-group
- Forming events for badges in higher ed (see our calendar: https://sites.google.com/site/openbadgesinhighereducation/home )
- 3 synchronous events on Nov. 17: badges from all over the world: 10a EST: Britain and EU, 1pm EST: Americas, 9pm: Australia and Asia
- Dec. 8th (tentative) badges and e-portfolios flash talk during regular WG: how badges and eportolios are mixing/remixing to make learning evidence
- Andy - Exploring badging with a couple of STEM education projects and with our side by side courses. Also, just participated in the Collective Shift/LRNG.org launch in D.C. last week.
- were just now launching the second version of our ePortfolio connected to both training orgs, the Philly School District, Drexel Univ., and local CareerLinks (unemployment services)
- Dan Hickey--
- Just met with Darren Cambridge and talked about open badges and eportfolios, check this out http://www.slideshare.net/dcambrid/e-pic-2013-keynote +1
- James and Alex Ambrose already discussed this as a significant strand at the AAEEBL Regional Confererence at Notre Dame in spring.
- Planning a OBHE working group call on the topic of eportfolios and open badges+1 (S)+1
- Desiging an Assessment Community Member badge for a new version of the Assessment BOOC with a school system. Talking to the media about it this friday
- Wondering about focus on higher ed with Collective Shift, Project LRNG, and BA +1
- Serge: getting ready for the launch of Salava (means 'tree' in Finnish), the Open Badge Passport (DML Trust Challenge) Open Source+1+1+1+1+1Already 3,000 users from 50 countries in 2 months and 10,000 badges in their passports.
- Also writing a white paper on badges & eportfolio in Europe.
- Doug: working with @BryanMMathers on badge backpack-related stuff. Also some super-speculative stuff about issuing badges via NFC and capturing evidence in the blockchain...
- Far too super-secret to share at the moment. ... ;)
- Alison: developing city-wide badging pilots/network building in Leeds, working with dance organisations, care leavers, vocational training orgs, local authority \o/
- Posted second contract position opening for a technical writer https://badgealliance.org/jobs/
- Accepting both extension pull requests on the open badges specification. GeoLocation and "Original Creator" -- both needed a few minor modification, but I should be able to wrap them up by the end of the day.
- Updates to http://openbadges.org/participating-issuers (404 on https for me - can we also update the wiki?)
- There will be an update to the etherpad server right after this call -- so nobody rely on the etherpad for a few hours until the DNS propagates to the new server. All the existing pads will be migrated over.
- Gathered some statistics from the Mozilla Backpack: In the last 60 days, 28754 badges have been added to 6390 user backpacks
- Developing integration of LMS and Bestr Badge Paltform based on Learning Path / Learing Resources and TinCan statements for "conditional" badge issuing
- Learning Locker as LRS <-- Nice work!+1+1+1+1
- Tincan extensions for Badge issuing/publishing statements+1!+1
- Tincan statements for learning/assessment activites tracking
- Definition of Leanring Path/Assessments as rules based on Tincan verbs
A Belgian Badge Backpack
Vincent Van Malderen and Bert Jehoul of Selor.be
Selor is responsible for the recruitment of (mainly) Belgian civil servants (approx. 100.000 applicants are screened on an annual basis). Selor’s screening model has been implemented to deal with large numbers in an efficient way. Candidates first have to pass a generic PC-based testing module (Module 1). In a second module specific competencies are measured via assessments. Selor delivered 7.640 language certificates in 2014 & 37492 ‘Module 1’-certificates since 2012.
slides: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/file_uploads/14b87609c2bfe348d9596984311374b5_TheBelgianBadgeBackpackAnOnlinePlatformforIncreasingTalentMobility.pdf (presentation Vincent - slides 3-5-6-7-8-11 & 18 till 30 but very briefly)
- European Association of Test Publishers event introduced Vincent to Open Badges -- music to his ears!
- Badges match very well with Selor's objectives.
- Selor is the selection and recruitment office for the Belgian public sector
- 3 Main objectives why they are creating a platform in Belgium and not using any existing platform
- They are responsible for nearly 100k applicants per year. Their screening model has been created to deal with a large number of candidates
- Lack of mobility in the Belgian labor market
- Still very oriented toward whether people have a diploma/degree.+1
- They want to take other accomplishments into account
- Talent mismatch
- Labor market specialists predict that by 2020 there will be a 6M increase in high skill jobs and a decrease in low-skill jobs.
- Selor thinks that Open Badges and certifying skills and competence that acknowledges talent could increase mobility and might be a solution that could tackle the problem in Belgium.
- How they screen candidates:
- First module: There are a set of 12 competencies measured by three types of PC testing (100k).
- Second module: those who pass first module (39k) get additional testing
- ~6k end up in the list of people who can get the job
- Investigated several existing badge platforms, and in the end opted to build their own tool.
- They needed a tool that focused strongly on the labor market, HR, and such.
- Needed to be very local -- must be available in French and Dutch.
- Had to be designed specifically for the needs of their labor markets.
- Could be used by 3 types of users: One platform for
- Some key partners, including a big Flemish public employment department
- Also contacts with one of the big job sites in Belgium
- Very hands-on and easy to be understood by people new to badges
- Be Badges tool (powered by Selor) -- not called a Selor tool; the branding is for the Belgian labor market
- Once the tool is ready, it can be used by any company
- Demo can be provided on a diffferent day. Here's a quick description of functionality
- Selor will be one of many issuers on the platform
- Candidates who are screened by Selor but didn't get the job, they can "reuse" their test scores with other companies.
- Language Certificates -- using european framework of language reference -- these will be put into badges so they can be used on the labor market
- All certificates from Selor Academy (8 types of certificate) will be available as badges
- Need a critical mass of organizations who will use their system, they will accept badge
- Highlight of one partner, LED ( Learning and "Experience-proof" ___ Database)
- This is a very closed database, not open data -- Selor is talking with them that they may share some of the data via Open Badges created in this system. Which would be really interesting and useful. People could share their verified diploma, so anyone who
- Some challenges encountered in development:
- Multi-lingual badges
- How can we create a badge that might be issued by multiple organizations
- Discussion and theory surrounding the value of a badge
- Planning to proivde rating of badges by earners and issuers
- Also want to make criteria built up from standardized components like test scores, etc.
- They think badges will be more valuable when evidence is contained in the badge
- Developing a critical mass of issuers, earners, and users.
- Platform to be launched officially November 26 in Brussels. Everybody is invited!+1
Questions / Comments
- Of great interest to two Erasmus + projects I'm working with in Belgium. Will catch up post call - Kevin
- Carla: Very happy to see that Displayers are beginning to be acknowledged as an important aspect of the open badges ecosystem!
- Carla: Vincent, I'll be in touch re: the competency frameworks that Be Badges is referencing in Belgium and how that might relate to the IMS Digital Credentialing Currency Framework. Carla, could you add me into that discussion. Trying to do something similar with the UK's Ready for Work framework - Kevin Sure thing, Kevin. FYI: Grainne Hamilton is also working with us on that endeavor. :) Chuckle!
- Are there any links to the competency framework etc?
- Vincent -- ~"first of all, I'm not a big fan of competency frameworks. :) about 25-30 competencies. they can be big and complex.. not so much evidence that it's wise to use so many competencies in a framework... I think it's important that a badge itself contains a lot of evidence and information and that organizations can use a badge without linking it to a competency framework, but some government and other stakeholders are very interested in using a competency framework, so we will" -- Will send a link to the federal competency framework (which is also available in an English translation), and they'll include this competency as an option in the badge for issuers to align to.
- Competency alignment will always be optional choices when you create a badge.
- Serge: how can you describe competencies without a competency framework (built on functional analysis, what is recommended by the International Labour Organisation, rather than task analysis leading to fragmentation)?
- A question we have of our own (with us building yet another 'backpack'), what is the status on the idea of 'federated backpacks' ? (https://github.com/mozilla/openbadges-backpack/wiki/openbadges-federation-sketch) - Bert- Be Badges Belgium +1+1
- An idea they have now is to use all existing APIs to give the option for the user to choose the backpack that they want to use. Curious about the status of the sketch on github
- Apart from issuing, storing and displaying badges, are there any innovative services exploiting the badges metadata? Not sure exactly what you are referring too, but we are thinking of adding multiple issuers for same badge (in casu: an issuer can issue another issuer's badge when agreed by both parties) Well, apart from collecting and displaying their badges, what can the users do?In first release nothing really new is added, just collecting, displaying, some basic statistics and sharing options on twitter, linkedin,facebook Endorsement?is on the planning, sort of 'tripadvisor for badges' UI but not for first release,correct me if wrong Vincent
- We are looking to accoplish similar initiatives with our local workforce investment board (Philadelphia Works). We're already beginning to embed our ePortfolio into their registration process as a tool and we're hoping to build out badges in the future. It would be great to see a demo of the tool in the future!
- Import aspect for us for the standard is localization and the possibility to describe badges in multiple languages , I guess also for bestr.it and the efforts in Canada. +1
Collective Shift and LRNG - Cities of LRNG (RESCHEDULED to 21 OCT)
Liz Kline, Product Manager, LRNG
Questions / Comments
Moving Forward: Topics + Community leads for the weekly Community Call
We will be opening up this call to the community to help determine topics / lead / etc.
Please add topics for discussion / your name / indicate if you want to lead the call
- October 14:
LRNG product demo, Belgian Badge Backpack
- October 21: MozFest Warm-up, NSSC, LRNG product demo
- October 28:
...any interest in Belgian Badge Backpack? I'd like to learn more about this badging system for government
Accepted topics (by interest):
- Employer engagement: national, regional, local - strategies, case studies+1+1+1+1+1 +1 +1 - We held a recent summit on Badges for Employers - Tim
- Success Stories, examples, and case studies (OpenBadging in credentialing & workforce devlelopment) +1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1 (Curious what people are defining as success here... - We held a recent summit on Badges for Employers - Tim (David Leaser from IBM would be a great speaker -- he spoke at DevLearn 2015 and it was standing room only - Sheryl
- Overview of what has happened and what is currently happening in the Cities of Learning space +1+1+1+1+1 +1+1 (Reaching out to some folks involved on this -Nate) Happy to help here. So much to say... - Tim
Contribute your ideas! Put a +1 next to the topics that you would like to discuss on this call. Those topics with the most +1 will be hosted.
- Badge start "toolbox" not just defining skills/competencies, but also self-hosting information or external hosting+1+1
- Where are the roadblocks, what are the issues people should know?+1+1
- Trust and security (the deleterious effects of mistaking security for trust)+1+1
- Defining learning pathways with badge endorsement+1+1+1+1+1+1+1
- Global activities: where are things happening and who's doing them +1 +1+1+1
- Open Badge Services: what services could we built on top of Open Badges? Scenarios for the future +1+1+1+1
- Badge-centric vs. person centric infrastructure+1+1
- Educators space+1 +1 +1+1+1
- Higher ed conversations may be separate from k-12 for the most part+1
- - and Continuing Ed. as well (Carey)+1+1
- Adult Ed+1
- Initiatives that are badge-centric occurring throughout the US but that have not been involved in the BA work
- Universal design -- access for people with disabilities +1+1 +1+1
- Strategies for integration with new workforce initiatives of WIOA statute+1+1+1
- 'Hack the Backpack' - Understanding the wants/needs of the community in terms of future development of the Backpack (Matt - DigitalMe)
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Reading List/Additional notes for the community
Please add what you've been reading below. We'll soon be staffed up to curate this list more regularly.
Upcoming conferences and events
Let us know where you're going to be, especially if you're giving - or attending - a badges presentation!
- Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference
- October 14-16, Orlando
- Perkins eLearning presenting on Meeting the Professional Development Needs of a Niche Population - not badge specific, though
- CCCS-Brenda presenting on CCCS's journey toward Digital Badging
- Mozfest Fringe, Oct 28, Glasgow: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-badges-as-bridges-design-create-connect-tickets-18842906641
- TEDx Bologna, Oct 24, Bologna: www.tedxbologna.com - Talk on Open Badges: The "prestige" of Open Badges - making the invisible manifest
- Workshop on "The Professions of the Future", Capri, Oct.16th - with Facebook Italy and PwC
- Issuing platforms:
- Open Badges Speakers List:
Thank you for joining us!