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Audio recording: https://archive.org/details/OpenBadgesCommunityCall27January2016
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MEETING: January 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:
- Devin Lally / Badge Alliance / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Richard Speight - DigiSkills Cymru Project Manager - @DigiSkillsCymru | @MackemRich - Wales, UK
- Nate Otto / Badge Alliance / @ottonomy / email@example.com
- Don Presant / learning Agents / @donpresant littoraly.wordpress.com
- Federico Giacanelli / @bolsoblog /@joinbestr / https://bestr.it / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Katie Woodmanseeemail@example.com/Colorado Community College System
- Geoffroi Garon / @geoffroigaron / startup @pygnum / research lab @lcauqam / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rich Dixon / PD Learning Network / http://www.pdln.com / @RichEdTech / email@example.com / Santa Barbara, California /
- Dan Hoffman / RedCritter / @RedCritter / www.redcritterteacher.com / www.redcritterconnecter.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sarah Stoeckl / ISTE / @sarah_stoeckl / email@example.com
- James Willis / @Willis3James / Indiana University / firstname.lastname@example.org https://sites.google.com/site/openbadgesinhighereducation/home
- Carla Casilli / @carlacasilli
- Brenda Perea/@pereaink/Colorado Community College Systememail@example.com
- Dan Hickeyfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Brett Herzog / email@example.com
- Oren Robinson // Junior Developer @ Badge Alliance // @getoren (TW) // @baisong (GH)
- Randy Macdonald/@firstname.lastname@example.org/Innovation Academy-InnovateOregon
- Kerri Lemoie / @kayaelle @openworksgrp // openworksgrp.com
- Bryan Mathers / @bryanmmathers
- Doug Belshaw (stealth mode) / @dajbelshaw
- Brian LePore / CyperWorx / @POWRSURG / email@example.com
- Paul Nauert / @PaulFromDP / Digital Promise
- Jim Goodell / @jgoodell2 / CEDS/QIP / http://ceds.ed.gov
- Mark Otter / @markjotter / VIF
First time introductions:
REMINDER: these calls are recorded for future review, published CC-BY on archive.org
What are you working on this week?
- James: Great Higher Ed call yesterday with Bernard Bull (Concordia University Wisconsin)+1. See here for Etherpad, presentation, and recording: https://sites.google.com/site/openbadgesinhighereducation/working-group
- Thanks to @Carla Casilli for helping to facilitate a very busy discussion! +1Good notes are our currency. :) +1 and value! there's almost 100 lines of additional notes - incredible!
- Next Higher Ed call 9 Feb feat. Emily Rimland and Victoria Raish from Penn State Univ. Library. Check back here for additional info: https://sites.google.com/site/openbadgesinhighereducation/working-group
- James: Yesterday, published article on Evolllution re: six steps to building badges: http://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/six-steps-to-building-high-quality-open-digital-badges/
- At Concentric Sky, pushed out a new version of Badgr to fix authentication issues on Canvas LMS that had cropped up recently
- Organizing the quarterly goals for the Badge Alliance, specifically the process of revamping documentation. Developing prototypes of new organization, updated design and content throughout February
- Working with Oren to add v1.1 validation and overhaul the openbadges-validator open source package, originally by Mozilla
- Mozilla announcement of 2016 badges strategy has been delayed - I expected it out last week, just waiting for final approval, and I'm communicating to push that through, along with which BA will post follow-ups.
- Rich S:
- Advising colleagues on how a "badge idea" google form could help an endorsement panel get badge ideas from organisations around EU (the EDGE Project).
- Reading up on and taking in changes to Persona log in
- Discovering how good Open Badge Passport is as an alternative badge portfolio
- Waiting for a funding decision on our new project, which will have specific objectives & targets around sectoral badged learning pathways
- Following up on my blog post about CCRs and open badges: http://bit.ly/littoraly4 +1
- Working with ADPIOS (Serge) and CINECA on ePIC 2016 in Bologna - call going out next week (I need to re-connect with Serge & you about this conference)
- Preparing to soft launch the Canadian badging service based on Open Badge Factory and Open Badge Passport
- Geoffroi : Finally (after 1 year), tomorrow we release our Professional development badges platform for teachers (French) www.cadre21.org ,+1 and http://www.cadre21.org/developpement/ (Congratulations on release!)
- As you can see there is a strong representation of teacher professional development programs in the badge community. It's a great setting for badges, I think! +1
- Also, i continue the badge project as a reshercher in residence in a Fab Lab in Montreal (Canada) and Rennes (France)
- Katie: Getting badges set up to work with a MOOC in Canvas from Credly :)
- Trying to work with the Colorado State Legislature House to refine "digital badge" legislation. Exciting!+1+100 We need this in Wales+1 Possible statewide badging initiative in CO!
- Looking forward to checking in on progress. We have folks in Oregon who might be interested in pushing something like this here.
- Dan Hickey: Presented the 6 DML projects that used eportfolios at the e-Portfolio National Forum in DC this past saturday. Focus on success at Supporter to Reporter Medals and PBS News Hour. Great discussions with vendors and innovators and an informal meeting on sunday as we were all snoced in until monday
- Meeting with engineers from Instructure today to share the wish lists of ten Canvas users regarding badges, outcomes, and e-portfolios
Teaching Professional Development and Badges
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4XK7oOqQVYzRVZLUjJGVU51bVE/view - Prototype badge image
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4XK7oOqQVYzR2N4aVFJTHBoanc/view - program logo
http://openbadgesforum.eventbrite.com - SoCal Open Badges Forum this weekend!
- PD learning network began to wonder how they might begin to challenge how some PD models are beign delivered for K-12 educators.
- Discovered many voices in the badges community talking about this area. It allowed PDLN as content-specialists to start tackling the problem of how to create a competency based achievment recognition program.
- Badges do 2 important things:
- Communicate what they have learned effectively
- Create their own learning pathways
- Within their program, they offer a variety of courses. (Launching on Monday including some courses in Canvas)
- Have created content for courses on a variety of topics.
- This means they have defined some learning pathways. They've aligned their content to community-valued standard frameworks, such as ISTE's.
- They've created a syllabus and a list of objectives ("I can" statements)
- They've started doing user testing and were getting feedback like "What if you could break down these courses into their individual components?"
- Now students can mix together components from many content tracks to make their own learning pathway.
- Getting ready to announce their first university partner (not dropping that name on this call, to the disappointment of badge fans everywhere)
- Badge work is trickling out to the larger ecosystem. (It's working, badge team!)
- SoCal Open Badges Forum: http://openbadgesforum.eventbrite.com Saturday Jan 30 10am-5pm presenting / facilitating Open Badge forum at UC Irvine--Free!!!. Opportunity for discussion after presentation. See link above under "Topic"
- My RSVP: Maybe! -Oren (San Diego) :)
- Apply concept of Open Badges to work
- Share how Open Badges is an inspiration/movement
- Goal: Own your own learning
- Want to eliminate fees in order to access/display digital badges and didn't want people to have to maintain legacy connections so they're excited to be able to make use of badges
- Transforming thoughts about "alternative credentialing"
- Represent learning in a new way
- Great regional meetup to connect and share badge activity occurring in and around SoCal.
- Carla on Open Badge Forum this weekend: Thanks to Anh Nguyen for being the driving force behind organizing this event. This sort of event is wonderful because it allows for regional conversation. Thanks to UC Irvine for hosting. Dovetails nicely with another related event, for the DML competition.
- Serge will be there, those who have followed his work will be excited to see his discussion.
- Time to hear about others work in the region (and connecting to around the world)
- Some folks who aren't able to attend but who are operating in the california space makes this an exciting region. Carla's looking forward to meeting folks she hasn't met in person before.
- Event is a work-in progress, more informal than formal for a long shot.
- Rich S: I really like this. Our trade union represents many educators - particularly support staff in primary schools - across the UK. I'm sure that employers and unions, and the Welsh Govt, would be interested in your model. It seems a comprehensive approach to staff development. Q: has it been a big challenge to engage any of the parties (teachers, schools, professional bodies, etc)? How have you overcome these challenges?
- Rich D: They as a 3rd party provide an evaluation piece and that removes some pressure from administrators.
- They have had some schools where people were reluctant at first, but when they saw how it allowed them to be more effective, and more relaxed, they got more buy-in. 20 years experience helps them walk the fine line of providing individual opportunities for individuals to value their prior learning outside the traditional "sit and get" model.
- Renewal of teaching licenses is connected to PD achievement (measured in clock hours). The PDLN credentials will be aligned to this requirement. I think this is the "hook" that we need, thanks :-)
- Nate: What other players in the ecosystem are you looking to connect with to make sure the badge system works well for participants? How much of the value comes from their interaction with you in the system (i.e. customizing learning pathways), and how much is about building value of the credentials themselves?
- PDLN is excited about partnering with two different profiles:
- University partners: got that one on the cusp of final sign-off. Want our learners to not be without a university partner. Looking for universities in multiple regions
- Schools and districts (sometimes consortiums). Often instructional coach or ed tech coordinator or CTO/CIO who is in charge of scaling/architecting technology, but also for the success of that technology. Sometimes the specialists or instructional coaches don't have the technical background to fully consider all the issues in making the tech work. Conversations with these players within districts is important. Sometimes politics in certain districts demand a siloed experience, some allow more openness.
- Others in the business world: b2b side - other oranizations who have a product, even hardware like a tablet. Their core competency is the hardware, but not delivering the training, they want a partner who can get training content onto the tablet.
- Carla: Are there politics around PLA for Teacher PD and if so, how do you see badges addressing those issues?
- Rich: Helping teachers be able to renew their credentials has been embraced by some of the local unions. It is often on the teacher whether they'll be able to record hours for a specific experience toward renewing their credential. Some of the official (from the districts) PD options don't put much effort into making sure that the hours will be accepted.
- Merit pay: there is a pilot in one district that is tying merit pay to some
- There's an opportunity for badge-based PD to be accepted by both administrations and unions I hope that I'll be able to do a lot more along the same lines as this in the coming months (fingers crossed).
- Carla: What are your thoughts about non-accredited work related to Teacher PD, can badges operate in that space—and do you see this work branching out from Teachers to other non-academia professionals?
- Rich: I think so. There is a sense of high-stakes adoptions around technologies. Many may be aware of the high-profile iPad adoption by LAUSD a few years ago, created a really challenging and unfortunate situation. Sometimes the desire to learn is high enough for teachers to learn regardless of the lack of university credit or clock hours, but in that case, they didn't have much internal support from the district to make sure they could help the program be a success in each classroom.
- Carla: What about teacher burnout? The amount of time that people are teachers is sort of limited. As teachers move into other professions, are there opportunities to move their accomplishments into their new careers?
- Rich: As I moved out of the classroom, I wondered myself how my skills might translate. In the private sector, the language is very different. You're spot on that there is a lot of opportunity and a great need for that [transfer]. One thing: Microbadges, recognizing very small chunks of knowledge (representing about 90 min of learning). Badge courses (15hrs estimated). For educators, there's always one more thing to do, and maybe a smaller very obtainable badge would be attractive. Credit to CEO Jennifer Gibson for bringing this use case to hte forefront.
Questions and Hot Issues roundup
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+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
- Defining learning pathways with badge endorsement+1+1+1+1+1+1+1
- Strategies for integration with new workforce initiatives of WIOA statute+1+1+1
- Open Badge Services: what services could we built on top of Open Badges?
- Scenarios for the future +1+1+1+1+1
- Global activities: where are things happening and who's doing them +1 +1+1+1
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: 27 January 2016
Community Call: 20 January 2016
Community Call: 13 January 2016
Community Call: 6 January 2016
Community Call: December 16 2015:
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Community Call: November 25 2015:
Canceled for the American Thanksgiving Holiday
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Community Call: August 26 2015:
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!
- AAEEBL Midwest Regional at Notre Dame: May 12 - 13
- AAEEBL Annual Conference 2016: August 1 - 4, 2016
- Open Badges in Higher Education Conference: University of Southampton (UK): March 8, 2016
- "Discussions and workshops will investigate the use of alternative credentials for recognising achievements of skills and co-curricular contributions within the student experience."
- Badges Summit pre-ISTE Conference Denver, CO: June 24 - Aurora Public Schools
- Issuing platforms:
- Open Badges Speakers List:
Thank you for joining us!