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MEETING: April 27, 2016
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Roll Call: Who's here?
Please add your name / Affiliation / Twitter handle / email address / Org & intention for your involvement in the wider badges community:
- Nate Otto / Badge Alliance / @ottonomy / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Don Presant / Learning Agents / @donpresant / Open Badges in Canada
- James Willis / @Willis3James / Indiana University / email@example.com
- Dan Hoffman / RedCritter / www.redcritterconnecter.com / www.redcritterteacher.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Serge Ravet / @szerge / Open Badge Passport
- Randy Macdonald/@email@example.com/Innovation Academy-InnovateOregon
- Rich Speight / DigiSkills Cymru / @DigiSkillsCymru/ firstname.lastname@example.org / Trade Union learning in public
- David Santucci / email@example.com / Haven't been here in a while. Checking in to see what's new.
- Nerijus Kriauciunas (just listening) / @badgecraft / Badgecraft.eu / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Robert Bajor / Digital Promise Educator Micro-credentials / @Misterbajor / email@example.com
- Matt Rogers /@DigitalMe / Open Badge Academy / @mattdigitalme
- Katie Woodmansee/Colorado Community College System/ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ian O'Byrne / @wiobyrne / wiobyrne@gmail / College of Charleston
- Carla Casilli / @carlacasilli / email@example.com
First time introductions:
REMINDER: these calls are recorded for future review, published CC-BY on archive.org
What are you working on this week?
- Join us next Tuesday, May 3rd at 12p Eastern (9am Pacific, 5pm Britain) for bi-weekly higher ed call featuring roundtable of libraries + badges
- Nate: Advisory board meeting for the Badge Alliance yesterday. Have been deep in strategic conversations and am excited to be able to share much of the material we've been developing with you today.
- Rich: Working on a potential opportunity to create a badged learning pathway for learning support staff working in primary schools in Wales, working with their regulatory body. My draft briefing https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bwc11EOHoYN8dzRPVDJ1eWxwX1U. Please feel free to give feedback, etc +1
- Nerijus: This week we are hosting in Lithuania international training for staff of organisations involved in the strategic partnership "Trusted Badge System". Tomorrow we will have open discussion with stakeholders (educational institutions, policy makers, employers) on how to built value and trust in Open Badges
- Serge, part 3 of the rebuttal: About technical objects, technology and ideology – Rebuttal of @hackeducation on blockchains (Part 3): http://www.learningfutures.eu/2016/04/about-technical-objects-technology-and-ideology-rebuttal-of-hackeducation-on-blockchains-part-3-badgechain/
Agenda: Badge Alliance Q1 Summary and Announcements
Nate Otto, Director of Technology, Badge Alliance
- advisory board meeting yesterday: Mozilla (Tim Riches - DigitalMe- attended representing mozilla - to help shape Mozilla's ongoing commitment to the open badges ecosystem ), IMS, Collective Shift: 3 hour meeting, take advantage of opportunities
- help badge alliance members to benefit from open spec;
- Overall agenda: discuss overarching new BA strategy (3 buckets), state of ecosystem; why open badges in 2016? Why BA in 2016? 3 different categories: community plan, spec plan and development plan, ecosystem plan; then nitty gritty on BA operations
- Slides 3-4: overview of BA strategy
- By convening a community of contributors we can develop Open Badges into a world-class technology and advocate their adoption throughout the world.
- 3 concrete actions: convene community, develop open badges spec and support services, advocacy role (standard across world)
- -1: Serge: are open badges just about credentialing?(Don: "recognition" +1 would include credentialing and include other things like self-declaration and peer to peer, endorsement)+1 +1
- Nate: can serve as community connectors, carriers of trust, evidence of learning, first use case, but open for other alternatives
- Serge: credentialing = authorityMatt: does it? Its one 'definition' but not the whole (institution), so how would this progress? Rich: I use "recognition" as the key term when describing badges - as discussed at length at ePIC'14 it's better than "reward" as it allows for intrinsic motivation around learning
- Nate: most common understanding (asymmetrical power), but open badges help expand definition: anyone can earn or issue badges
- Don: what brought Don to badges: recognition is flexible term
- Nate: reducing asymmetry of power is a goal of moving technology forward, will discuss with Tim (Cook) re: 'recognition'
- Carla: I am a big proponent of badges as learning recognition. That's often how I write about them.
- Rich: +1 on advocacy as an impiortant element
- Carla: What do we mean by "a standard used across the world." Does this mean only as a technical specification?
- Nate: refers to open badges as standard...uses in credentialing, etc.
- State of OB ecosystem in 2016: Tim and Nate felt ecosystem is at inflection point: clear cases and interest in tech, but there are some risks and opportunities; need to adapt to provide answers to challenges
- how email addresses are connected to identity, deploy high-quality software to ecosystem so power can be pushed to individuals (portability, verifiability, distributed learning, recognition)
- long way to go, but at inflection point; could deliver on potential for OB, or not deliver and have continued trouble turning investments of time and effort into ecosystem dominated by large institutions
- why OB? need to return to original dream: did we figure this in the right direction
- Slide 6: several claims for the power of badges; interoperability, alternative to siloed platform of central player who mediates who trusts whom; verify claims (video games to professional certs) that cannot be expressed simply
- opportunity to improve equity of access for educational opportunities; wider variety of contexts
- powerful and difficult to deliver; bring badge from recognition and bring into conversation
- Slide 7: devil's advocate, why NOT badges in 2016? emails problematic from COPPA concerns, infrastructure investments have not been followed up on to give maintanance which hinders open source efforts -- don't get action, infrastructure weakness
- backpack, federated model, verification ---- weaknesses; need to address verification of identity, built-in mechanisms, but for issuers there are weaknesses, too: host actually represents a large university, for example; justification for actual identity for consumers; weakness: not clear vision of currency or why someone should obtain a badge, statistics that can be gathered are poor at the moment, not expressive trust (which badges are useful)
- Why Open Badge?
- Why not Open Badges?
- re Unclear "currency" or value: suggest adding details in an indented sub-line: Social aspect - Awareness, confusion of terms, questionable practices, making the case for a broader public, etc.
- If not open badges, then what's the alternative? +1 One major point of failure for open badges is if the current system is recreated.+1 I hope we are not suggesting that this is a potential direction.
- Q: What are you hoping to gain from this feedback, Nate? Nate: reflect on why we are engaged in this work; pushing forward concept; for Nate, data represents real change for educational ecosystem
- We need to be more specific when we say how open badges impact the educational ecosystem as that generally means the traditional learning ecosystem, and badges should do more than that.
- What are the things we want to bring in to the world? Use cases in documentation to make change: potential to do very valuable things like good outcomes for everyone involved in the system
- Decentralized technology is difficult and needs help to keep it from being siloed, equals distributes power equitably across many people ; equitable learning can be supported by BA
- Slide 9: pulling data on Backpack and have recently seen highest use over last quarter and in to end of last year (2015). Large spikes in use: 2500 / day, which is well above last year (MOOCs using badges)
- mentions of "open badges" in Twitter: large variety of badges being shared every day; mentions are large numbers every day, providers not usually associated with this call; people take spec in to their own space
- Nate: How the statistics are generated? Does it count in the statistics the badges issued through any badge issuing platform? Or only the once that intgrate with Backpack?
- Updated spec recently, deployed validating extensions; check with validator
- At end of 2015, organizations moving away from OB spec b/c not serving needs, but many have decided they want to stay in the fold and work in OB
- challenge: low number of developers working, need to attract and support developers doing the essential work
- end of 2016: deployed working software that helps people manage badges, easy on-ramps in late 2016 so early 2017 can focus on high-quality tools
- There are tools that do this,: is this the role of the BA (software creation?) or the support of additional platform development? Shouldn't the BA focus on the OB specification?
- BA actions: align with buckets of strategy from slide 4
- community plan: slide 11; funding of BA; if going to be home of OB spec, needs to be sustainable. Collective Shift has funded major part, but in coming years, need additional sponsors for funding
- good to start trying out models very soon to help sustainability, see if they can bring in funding; options open (no final plans yet): membership-based plan (IMS Global on advisory board to help with strategy)...but can be hard to implement, so only move in to them when ready, take a lot of direct communication to ensure value, so a lot of quid pro quo to ensure diverse membership that is open to providing value
- include direct support of technical help; financial help / in-kind help for BA strategy, or toward BA initiatives, Tim: have different organizations help in different ways.
- I would politely suggest that IMS's membership is not diverse. It is focused entirely within the world of HE and leaning more heavily (right now) toward CBE. The aim of the BA is much broader than the areas that IMS focuses on.+1
- members would align with standard in different ways: how to support OB spec would consider worldwide input
- direct donation, grant-seeking for direct appeal: you support BA because you suppor this work, etc.
- Slide 14: seek contributions from organizations that need / benefit from OB, increase equity in education; would depend on org's capacity to help; reputational benefits, support important work
- Slide 15: community work of the BA, working groups, events calendar for activities and badge opportunities, in-person events
- Slide 19: list of some of the events and plans for later this year ... direct funding support later (hopefully), level of interest high in community, so BA would help highlight orgs, conferences, communities of practice, support this work
- Slide 20: Q1 roadmap for rest of 2016, challenge in standard working group b/c participation low, Nate hopes to focus on spec work, so hopefully increase membership
- Federated backpack needs attention; DigitalMe will be doing lots of work with Backpack: task force to be convened for spec work, infrastructure task force (high intensity effort), intense work days to fill out Backpack work since 2013
- Slide 22: OB 2.0: finalize use cases document, Nate will blog re: spec and community support, decide what it is to dev. 2.0 then spec out work, send proposal out for public comment, then if approved, figure out how to make it happen
- related deliverables: have linked data spec signature, cryptographic way to verify badges (different benefits than now), add linked data to signature, working with CC to allow publication of badge classes
- non-technical guide to increase understanding with people who aren't developers ... future calls will discuss
- address specific use cases: describing learning pathways, small consortium interested in proj work, evidence and vocabulary proj (machine-readable evidence) instead of just linking out, technical improvements
- Slide 24-26: strategy for attacking challenges
- Slide 28: advocate adoption as microcredential worldwide, tho language may change to "recognition" ... BA should support interoperable specs, good documentation, various funding capabilities to support documentation (specific and general)
- Key point: BA operations ... Q1 short term contracts, but moving into Q2 hiring delayed b/c want to increase stability of position, make it a "better" position, real FT position with LRNG with benefits, taken a long time to get approved
- see a real job announcement for operations manager / coordinator as full time role ... then getting up to delivery of outreach
- Leadership: Nate as interim director, but with move to Dir. of Technology, new membership operations coordinator, Tim Cook will work in LRNG capacity as strategic adviser (operational tasks), work with Oren and Chris as PT work for deliverables
- How can Digital Promise be added to the "Badge Issuing Platforms" list here? link: https://www.badgealliance.org/badge-issuing-platforms/ Thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wow. You've presented a huge number of ideas for the community to respond to on this call.
- What are the best ways to respond to this new materials?
- And can you spend time on future calls unpacking some of these questions and concerns? Perhaps by breaking them down into sections and then addressing them one by one on subsequent calls?
- How about the work done on blockchains for Open Badges (@BadgeChain)? This might have an impact on the "infrastructure task force"
Moving Forward: Topics for the weekly Community Call
This is your community call. Suggestions for topics and presenters are welcome, and Badge Alliance staff will follow up to schedule.
Please add topics for discussion / your name
Accepted topics (by interest):
- Employer engagement: national, regional, local - strategies, case studies
- Success Stories, examples, and case studies (OpenBadging in credentialing & workforce development)
- Defining learning pathways with badge endorsement
- Strategies for integration with new workforce initiatives of WIOA statute
- Open Badge Services: what services could we built on top of Open Badges?
- Scenarios for the future
- Global activities: where are things happening and who's doing them
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.
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.
- DML Competition is now accepting applications (deadline is May 13, 2016):
- WEBINAR TODAY RIGHT AFTER THIS CALL: http://zoom.us/webinar/register/b80be2c228da811bdc2040ba88984b7b
- Potential applicants can listen to this archived recording of our first DML Playlists for Learning Challenge webinar, including questions and answers about connected learning playlists and playlist design principles. Webinar guests include:
- Jen Humke, Senior Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation
- David Theo Goldberg, Director, UCHRI and DML Research Hub and the DML Competition
- Tim Cook, Partner Product Manager, LRNG
- Rob English, Executive Creative Director / Cultural Strategist, Associates & Science
- Kiley Larson, Research Scientist, The Institute of Human Development and Social Change, New York University
- Sheryl Grant (moderator), Director of Social Networking, HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media & Learning Competition
- This webinar provides a framework to guide applicants in the creation of competitive applications for the Playlists for Learning Challenge. Webinar participants asked questions about connected learning, playlists and playlist designs, and the Playlists for Learning Challenge.
Upcoming conferences and events
Let us know where you're going to be, especially if you're giving - or attending - a badges presentation!
AAEEBL Midwest Regional at Notre Dame: May 12-13
"The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning"
Badges Summit pre-ISTE Conference Denver, CO: June 24 - Aurora Public Schools
Registration Open Now. $100 earlybird
Keynotes: Doug Belshaw, Kylie Peppler
AAEEBL Annual Conference 2016: August 1 - 4, 2016
"Beyond the Box: Liberating Pedagogical Creativity with ePortfolios (Innovations in Learning, Assessment, Endorsement of Learning, and Career Building)"
ePIC 2016, Bologna, Italy: October 26-28
the 14th conference on ePortfolios, Open Badges, Personal Ledgers, Identities, Trust, Blockchains
Catch up from 2015/2016
A listing of the community calls from 2015 will soon be consolidated on openbadges.org, but until then, here are the recent records.
Community Call: 20 April 2016
Community Call: 13 April 2016
Community Call: 6 April 2016
Community Call: 30 March 2016
Community Call: 23 March 2016
Community Call: 16 March 2016
Community Call: 9 March 2016
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Community Call: 24 February 2016
Community Call: 17 February 2016
Community Call: 10 February 2016
Community Call: 3 February 2016
Community Call: 27 January 2016
Community Call: 20 January 2016
Community Call: 13 January 2016
Community Call: 6 January 2016
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Community Call: November 25 2015:
Canceled for the American Thanksgiving Holiday
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