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MEETING: April 6, 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:
- Doug Belshaw / Consultant / @dajbelshaw / email@example.com / Evangelist
- Nate Otto / Badge Alliance / @ottonomy / firstname.lastname@example.org / Developer/Evangelist/Open
- Bohdan Andriyiv / @drabiv / email@example.com / making awesome things;) +1
- Randy Macdonald/@firstname.lastname@example.org/Innovation Academy-InnovateOregon
- Katie Woodmansee/ email@example.com/ Colorado Community College System
- Richard Speight / DigiSkills Cymru / @DigiSkillsCymru / firstname.lastname@example.org / Trade Union-led workplace learning project in Wales, UK
- Don Presant / @donpresant / don[at]learningagents.ca / Open Badges in Canada
- James Willis / @Willis3James / email@example.com / Indiana University
- Serge Ravet / @szerge / Open Badge Passport / ePIC 2016
- Carla Casilli / @carlacasilli / firstname.lastname@example.org / open badges rabble-rouser in general
- Greg McVerry/@email@example.com/ Southern Connecticut State University
- Rich Dixon/ @RichEdTech / firstname.lastname@example.org / PD Learning Network - K12 teacher PD
- Kerri Lemoie / @kayaelle @openrorksgrp / http://openworksgrp.com
- Dan Hickeyemail@example.com
- Alex Van Name/ @alexvanname / firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com / Science Teacher at palisaides charter high school (Los Angeles, CA)
First time introductions:
- Alex Van Name - Science Teacher, Tech Coach for a Charter High School in Los Angeles. Very interested in Educational Technology
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What are you working on this week?
- Nate: Badgr released a new feature last week: a course leaderboard in Canvas course integrations: See how it works here https://youtu.be/LSp805bND8M (great!)
- Yesterday, on higher ed call to talk about badges in Canvas with along with a great panel from IMS, Credly, and Accredtrust
- Standard Working Group Use cases coming together. Didn't hit today's target to be finished, but things are looking good for more progress over the next couple days. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eT2QwSsLIOSLbG4x8-uWDC-knM7lwFrXsPPm__YVWOM/edit#
- Learning Pathways data vocabulary and Badgr Learning Pathways APIs are coming together for a June release. Collaboration opportunities are now.
- Working on a License extension to the Open Badges spec. Does anyone have good technical contacts at Creative Commons?
- Carla: Do you know Cable Green? (Thanks -- I've emailed with him a couple times over the years -- I'll reach out to him and Alan) I think Alan is working for Paul Stacey Also, Ryan Merkley (CEO) used to work at Mozilla, so, yeah, we know him, too, along with Jane Park. :)
- Doug: continuing with Open Badges related work for clients, some of which (regrettably) is under NDAs :-/ Still, I'm writing and publishing in the Open, and looking to finish off OB101 soon (resources section)
- James: fantastic higher ed call yesterday: Canvas + badges featuring Jonathan Finkelstein (CEO, Credly), Nate Otto (Badgr), Eric Korb (CEO, Accreditrust), Mark Leuba (IMS Global)
- Rich: Week 1 of one-year extension of DigiSkills Cymru project. \o/ Now we've got specific objectives & targets to develop & implement OB learning pathways and encourage take-up of badges by learners in public service workplaces in Wales. Already trying to get sector-bodies involved as possible endorsers of a pathway.
- Looking for advice on mapping skills in a sector. We're doing some of this here at CCCS if you want to email me between Brenda and I we can probably help a little. firstname.lastname@example.orgThanks!
- Carla: announcing the biweekly BadgeChain call, currently scheduled for a kickoff next Wednesday, 13 April at 3pm UTC / 4pm BST / 8am PST / 11am EST. More information to come on this, including dial-in, upcoming conversations, blog posts, etc. Please follow us on twitter at @BadgeChain for updates and conversations. +1
- Kerri: Working on 2.0 Use Cases (nonverbal update) Serge: (same and nonverbal update too) Randy: ditto (ditto) ;-)
- Greg McVerry, I am in San Diego for a few days discussing ho to integrate Open Learning, nothing badgy(non verbal update)
- Randy: Thanks James and Nate for a great OBHE call yesterday. If you want to go to specific points on the call linked above:
- 1:26 Mark Leuba of IMS global talks about Open Badge Extensions in Education metadata project
- 11:00 Jonathan Finkelstein of Credly
- 2230 Nate Otto of the Badge Alliance and Concentric Sky showing Badgr
- 34:00 Eric Korb of Accreditrust
- Creating badges in Google Draw for my Biology class
- I understand the concept of badges and I am working to include something that is portable so my students could share these badges as part of their college applications
Agenda: Hot Topics and Open Questions from the Badges Community
https://groups.google.com/d/msg/openbadges/AhPZE8AVdkU/kc8-ma4ZBgAJ Are there any benefits on the side of the issuer? Does Open Badges tell you how many people actually access the badge and where they share it? Does it offer other insights?
- Sounds like they want quantitative-style benefits?
- A number of issuing platforms offer dashboards that show some actions that can be captured within the one system.
- Brand advocacy; earners help disseminate brand (c.f. IBM) +1
- Endorsement will also help issuers
- Carla: One of the primary benefits of open badges is that they operate at the ecosytem level, not just within one platform. When badges share across multiple platforms, they can help inform practices on one platform about activity in another, how people are using badges. Answering the questions about tracking is tricky, becuase there is a lot yet to be created in the ecosystem. Things that the ecosystem enables, but does not yet have a functional example of.
- What's the data that is being carried, and where does that go.
- Some issuing platforms do track usage already, but not sure if this is related to OBI; OB Passport has the Gallery, which is a protoype for tracking Assertions, ie earned badges
- Is this something that may emerge from W3C recognition, ie search via Google?
- Open Badge analytics is an underdeveloped topic - unfortunately no OBIE 2016 like there was at LAK in 2014, 2015
- Employers and sector bodies (such as Care Council for Wales) and learning providers - all potential badge ssuers or endorsers - I've spoken to are interested in the potential ability to track the skills development of the people working in their sector by issuing/endorsing badges.
- One of the problems with issuers is that they don't have to prove their credentials with a passport/backpack. So one way to respond to the question is: if issuers had a passport/backpack they could be endorsed by the clients of those working with the people they have delivered badges to.
- Carla: Also, one thing that we need to keep addressing is the idea that the EARNER is at the center of this conversation and what are the ways that badges can operate to aid, assist, help learners move forward in their life trajectories+1 a badge is a seed to be nurtured.
- Doug: the point of badges is to be something different. To co-opt the badges ecosystem into something where data is available and expoitable may be damaging. Keep the ethos in mind.
https://groups.google.com/d/msg/openbadges-dev/Gn_XD5dOPns/ka_Iycw8BgAJ Could not get JSON asserted -- Invalid Assertion error from Backpack Badge Image Upload
- What is the type of information we need to collect from these users to troubleshoot?
- Common practice on technical forums requires structuring questions well with the relevant data about how they can get a timely response.Its like the github issue templates you can now use in repos....but often the person doesn't even have the tehnical expertise to ask the question..okay posting dev list you prolly have a little more knowledge
- Can we provide a user guide to help users provide the data that we need for this type of question?
- We need to know what badge the user was attemping to import to backpack and the platform used to issue the badge (I guess).
- I had a similar issue to this when trying to import badges from backpack into OB Passport, especially when the original issuing platform has disappeared. I think this was because of broken links or missing data fields.
- User environment: Browser you're using (version), OS
- Who is the issuer?
- Does it work with the Open Badge Passport, Badgr or other platform?
- Isn't Mozilla responsible for the backpack development now? If so, do they have anyone who can check in on this periodically, like 1x/wk?
- corollary: a scheduled frequency of review for BA team members (like Monday at 4pm or Wednesday at noon, etc.)
- Doug: check out Discourse
- Don: check out Redmine
- How can the backpack be improved so we don't get so many of these posts that don't have the necessary troubleshooting data?
- self-help: people with the same trouble can find each other easily and find whether there is a fix or not.
- Don: What if BP had an error message with more detail, if only a link to more detail
- FAQs?+1 For this particular issue, could include "try the following"
- How can we distribute the responsibility across Issuers so that anyone feels that they can respond. Would anyone on this call be interested in being a backpack point person?Is this badgeable? "Particularly helpful Badger?" (Don) 8->
- Nate: Problem = we don't get notifications on whether issues are resolved (would be better if we used an issue tracker)
https://groups.google.com/d/msg/openbadges/Z4kL3JZRWUE/f09iT2jyAwAJ Any experiences with getting endorsement? Laimonas: "I would like to ask who has experience in getting endorsement for badges from the third parties. I am very interested what was the process and what was for important in reaching endorsement?"
- Are we talking here about 'human' endorsement (i.e. a person/org *says* they endorse a badge) or 'technical' endorsement (i.e. using the extension)? http://openbadgespec.org/extensions/#Endorsement
- I believe he's referring to organizational/human endorsements.
- Nate: I would like to turn to the technical endorsement ecosystem in the second half of this year.
- Doug: For human endorsements: it's different in every situation. Essentially a marketing/branding function.
- Endorsements is something I'm really interested in but I need to learn more about. Again, we could be talking about different things 1) organisations endorsing the quality/value of a badge or badge ecosystem at the design stage, 2) third-party people or organisations endorsing the skill or competency of the badge earner (a +1 system).
- From an awarding organisation perspective, there's an important difference between accreditation and endorsement, which are long to type.
- Both are basically expressions of trust and value - they make any credential more valuable and understood.
- +1 good distinction. Enable both!
- See Aurora Public Schools Endorsements by employers - two classes of endorsement: one that said "this is a good badge", one that said "this will change the candidate's experience". I think it's a function of talking to consumers and endorsers - proselytization. Colorado is a leader in this area IMO; I hope to learn more at the Digital Badge Summit. +1
- Cool: see reference to APS Endorsement in recent book: Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases http://bit.ly/1VxdArF
- Follow up question:
- Think we should unpack this a bit so that we understand what is being asked. What is the goal for getting endorsement? Currently are the badges not being accepted as desired? Are you seeking to move something forward that's blocked? Are you aiming to have badges endorsed wholesale? Are you hoping to get individual endorsement or some corporate brand?
- Is this just a shortcut to credibility?
- See Prezi about Laimonas' project: https://prezi.com/t9n1lkdyuic1/use-case-of-open-badges-in-young-europe-rethinking-democracy/
Agenda: Contribute to Open Badges 101
- Bryan Mathers is currently on holiday, but he'd usually be here. He and Doug are the main forces behind this course. City & Guilds do some work under the Thinkoutloudclub.com brand encouraging people to get excited about technology.
- Wanted to create a badge resource where people can go to find out the basics and answer their initial questions
- Pull Request to the repo is one way to directly contribute:
- Find out about http://hypothes.is - commenting layer for the web. Comment on any page of the OpenBadges101 course, which helps Doug and Bryan go back and clarify, fix typos, etc.
- Current state: First version of the course.
- What will get the most enhancement over the coming year: The Resources section.
- Bryan and Doug had a look at the questions on the Google Mailing List and tried to anticipate a lot of the usual questions. Needs help locating a bunch of the great resources out there that answer these questions. Remind Doug where those resources are!
Agenda: Hot Topics and Reading List
- How do we join the slack channel?
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.
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: 30 March 2016
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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.
- DML Competition is now accepting applications (deadline is May 13, 2016):
- 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!
OLC Innovate: Innovations in Blended and Online Learning: New Orleans -
Carey Hamburg: "has sessions on Badges - and good excuse to visit New Orleans"
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-
the 14th conference on ePortfolios, Open Badges, Personal Ledgers, Identities, Trust, Blockchains
Badge issuing platform options: https://www.badgealliance.org/badge-issuing-platforms/
Open Badges Speakers List: http://www.badgealliance.org/speakers/ (Update coming at the end of the month)
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