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Audio recording: https://archive.org/details/OpenBadgesCommunityCall9September2015
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MEETING: September 9, 2015
Please state your name each time you speak to help everyone out!
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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:
- Robin Sitten/ @ RJSit10 / email@example.com
- Don Presant / @donpresant / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Serge Ravet / @szerge / email@example.com
- Dan Hoffman / @RedCritter / firstname.lastname@example.org
- James Willis / @Willis3James / email@example.com
- Sarah Stoeckl / @sarah_stoeckl / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brett Herzog / email@example.com
- Lydia Schuckfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Mary Bold / email@example.com
- John Foster/ firstname.lastname@example.org
- David Santucciemail@example.com
- Paul Nauert / @PaulFromDP / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kerri Lemoie / @kayaelle
- Brenda Perea/@email@example.com
- Maria Esquelafirstname.lastname@example.org
- Carla Casilli / @carlacasilli / email@example.com
- Federico Giacanelli / @bolsoblog / www.cineca.it / https://bestr.it / @joinbestr
First time introductions:
- Not my first time but I haven't introduced myself yet. I'm here with RedCritter, a badge issuing and recognition platform. www.redcritterconnecter.com (enterprise) and www.redcritterteacher.com (education)
- Federico Giacanelli: working on Bestr project, Italy.
REMINDER: these calls are recorded for future review and soundbites
What are you working on this week?
- James: Badges in Higher Ed Working Group call next Tuesday, Sept. 15th (12pm EST) featuring the All Aboard Program in Ireland. More info: https://sites.google.com/site/openbadgesinhighereducation/working-group
- Don: Developing a badging system for minority English community learning centres in Quebec Canada. http://www.learningagents.ca/raconteur/news/news/20150901_learn/
- Robin: We ended last week with our board meeting.Support for our badge work so far, and encouragement to move forward, which was great.Our current obstacle is literally designing the badge images.
- q: talked about how to set a standard and expectations for badging within the field of special education. Next up: deciding the branding and visual language for a system.
- Serge: working on Open Badges for accessibiity of adult education as part of the Adult Education Made Accessible (AEMA) project: http://www.aemanet.eu/
- Lydia : Grantwriting! Silent today. :)
- Nate: Prototyping a system that understands learning pathway data: https://github.com/ottonomy/evidenciary/tree/gh-pages
- At CSky, improving Badgr, getting ready for an end-of-september release
- At BA: Crafting an edit to the participating issuers page on http://openbadges.org/participating-issuers based on the excellent work party we had last week on this call. Following up on all the leads you generated. Next up, editing
NOCTI - Impact of Non-Cognitive Skills on Academic Achievement
- A little bit of context:
- NOCTI used to be called National Occupational Competency Testing Institute
- Work with the career and technical education community (internationally called "vocational education")
- NOCTI is a well-established provider of credentials in this community
- NOCTI's been around for about 50 years, and now has branched out into a sister company NOCTI Business Solutions that does Pre-employment testing for HR departments and related work. Helps HR filter candidates
- John's personal background is also in CTE community, as a teacher and a school administrator, with state government experience.
- NOCTI got involved in digital badges 4-5 years ago
- What they liked about it: That you could identify and recognize achievement of competencies.
- Students can build on those competencies one at a time
- Ex: If I'm in a carpentry class learning how to use hand tools, the next step is to learn how to use those tools in other environments. The skills developed build on each other in interesting an complicated ways.
- NOCTI looked at what they could do in terms of low-hanging-fruit.
- So: NOCTI tests, mostly in the US,
- They have a relationship with the NCCRS (National College Credit Recommendation Service). If students meet the score that the NCCRS requires, NOCTI can also give them a digital badge.
- In these programs, students amass a lot of hours in a year of contact time with instructors.
- In some preliminary research in this program they found:
- Students were very motivated by badges.
- In some anecdote investigation, several stories caught John's eye.
- Many students had plans to share their credentials.
- Students were really interested in sharing the badges back to the teachers, to show the teachers how they helped the students meet their goals. +1 Cockle-warming stories, to be sure. :)
- The following year, NOCTI rolled out badges across all of their assessments, delivering badges to anyone who took any of their written tests.
- About 21% of eligible earners signed up to get an account to receive their badges, and about 8% started to move their badges to somewhere else to share them. (LinkedIn, Monster, etc., are likely places)
- Other things done with badges:
- Got involved with some of the Summer of Learning projects, trying to make connections between CTE community and what the mayors offices are doing in the Cities. Particularly, working with Sprout, who facilitates Pittsburgh's program, and hope to work with them more in the future.
- Also working with ForAllSystems to enable teachers sharing with teachers, giving teachers the power to develop their own badges and rubrics.
- Also worked with ACTE (Assn of Career & Technical Education), who has a "Core 101" curriculum. Teachers work through modules, and when they complete the modules, they'll have a lesson developed that integrates relevant skills.
- In the process of developing 6 industry association badges, which John sees as a sign the (open) digital badges have legs.
- Pursuing grant that deals with the impact of soft skills on academic achievement (with badges to keep students motivated and learn more about the activity happening in the system).
- In John's own professional development (which usually occurs through the Assn of Test Publishers -- he'll be at a meeting of this community in Dublin in 2 weeks, where there are ~6 presentations on digital badges). Badges are growing.
- What is interesting with students sharing their badges back with their teachers is that the "audience" isn't necessarily where we think it is. In a sense, couldn't we consider the badge delivered by NOCTI as a kind of endorsement of the teachers.
- Establishing chains of trust that include teachers and students is a powerful idea.
- JF: There is an analogous movement occurring in the US, where states are using test scores as part of the assessment of teachers. This is not being received positively by the teaching community. The idea of students providing that trust data to recognize the success of teachers wouldn't suffer from this political downside.
- Through ACTE work, teachers have opportunity to earn badges, but there might be some other interesting directions there.
- Plans for clustering "work ready" badges?
- Learning pathways? :) :)
- In the US there's a "National Career Readiness Certificate" (NCRC), result of three assessments rolled up into a badge. There are similar programs in Canada.
- DP: Is there plans for clustering these badges for how they serve different communities?
- JF: We have two soft skills assessments that NOCTI uses (including a "workforce readiness assessment", which was put together to try to capture "knowledge and skill" statements in the dictionary of occupational titles in the US). There's a lot of interest in that program, and some states have started mandating that students have skills in these areas, but there hasn't been a common curriculum or standard around that, so it's challenging to build assessments. Other non-cognitive skills (persistence, etc.) are highly desired.
- Feds may bite on this idea, and build a market
- Evidence of interest from employers re workforce development for those already employed?
- JF: Yes, we are. The industry associations they're working for to develop badges & metadata have an intention to do exactly that: To give extra credit to those who approach their businesses and already have digital badges.
- Industry associations often are the organization that defines the skill maps for an area -- they know the equipement/tools that fields use, for instance.
- JF: Also NOCTI has experience doing PLA (prior learning assessment), letting people achieve badges and college credit for life experiences. One example is folks in the military who have learned skills in their military career, to translate those into credentials that can be understood by the civilian community.
- Exploring other forms of assessment, especially for soft skills?
- Performance assessments is something NOCTI is known for -- experts coming in and evaluating students as they perform a set of operations in a certain field. Looking at ways they can consistenly badge those skills as well. It's challenging, because of the diversity of potential assessors.
- How can you come up with a badge for that kind of assessment situation?
- DP: Deakin university is doing something with "Hallmark" (Open Badge) program for undergraduates: Students take what they have been doing in their undergraduate programs, and they take a portfolio of their work to "challenge" for a "Hallmark" in a particular cross-course competency, like "teamwork". A panel judges it. Also see last week's higher ed call on the GRASS project.
- JF: When you evaluate performance, you're looking for both a product and a process. Some difficulty is in "what part are you really focusing on", and how subjective is the evaluation? We really want to do something consistent that they can do across all of their assessments.
- Some fields an async evaluation may be possible. Getting into some testing issues, and testing credibility issues. NOCTI is aware of some folks in higher ed (including at Penn State & Purdue Passport system).
- We might want to consider Open Badges as a starting point, a launch pad, rather than an end point, so they have a life of their own and grow after delivery, analogous to a Tamagotchi that needs to be fed to survive.
- There is a state of mind adjustment needed for many people. SR: ~"This mindset can be translated into what we give the people as credit (badge); give them the mindset that this is a starting point" -- not just a point of view - it can be translated into bits and programs. That's the way to look at it.
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
September 16: Cities of Learning end-of-summer breakdown
Accepted topics (by interest):
- Employer engagement: national, regional, local - strategies, case studies+1+1+1+1+1 +1 +1
- 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...
- 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)
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
- 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
- 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
- Badge-centric vs. person centric infrastructure+1+1
- Educators space+1 +1 +1+1
- Higher ed conversations may be separate from k-12 for the most part
- - and Continuing Ed. as well (Carey)+1
- Adult Ed
- 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
- 'Hack the Backpack' - Understanding the wants/needs of the community in terms of future development of the Backpack (Matt - DigitalMe)
- Taxonomy extensions+1
Community Call: September 2 2015:
Community Call: August 26 2015:
Community Call: August 19 2015:
Reading List/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!
- DevLearn 2015
- 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
- Issuing platforms:
- Open Badges Speakers List:
Thank you for joining us!