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Gold, Silver, Bronze, yawn…

This (standard) approach prevents the issuing organisation from having to think too deeply about how learners might interact with what they’ve got to offer.

There’s more than one way to string together some badges.

#ai #api #fav

Artificial Intelligence…

So I’ve been meeting with Kin Lane recently (aka API Evangelist) trying to get a deeper hold on all things API (or Application Programming Interface for what it’s worth). As an ex-programmer, I’m interested to understand the evolution of how APIs are being used. A number of insights emerged from our conversation, including this aligned view of artificial intelligence albeit from contrasting positions…

#assessment #edtech

Academic failures – got any previous?

We carry around our academic failures like previous convictions.

If pressed, we might even blame something: but I’d never even been to France so it just didn’t make sense…

Whether or not the excuse is fair, we accept what the piece of paper tells us. I’m not very good at that. Sadly, what we really believe is this: I could never be good at that…

#altc #edtech

Beyond the Islands of Innovation

I managed to catch the first day of the ALT conference in Liverpool, and thoroughly enjoyed catching up with some of the open crew, and meeting some new faces. Some of my earliest thinkery dates back to altc conferences, like this and this. Good people…

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The LMS…

…there’s not much enlightenment at the end of this tunnel.

Inspired by This is not the online learning you (or we) are looking for by Alan Levine.

#coop #openbadges

Open Badges from Dialogue

It’s one thing to decide how to badge a group of people on your own terms. It’s quite another to catch potential badges as they appear like apparitions out of dialogue with the people.

What is that? … and what would it look like?

This thinkery is from the We Are Open Co-op meetup.


Computing Badges

Desired Experience: Swift Or Objective C, JavaScript, Cordova, Angular…

I’ve always thought that one of the most obvious areas ripe for micro-credentials is Computing skills. It’s a pretty fresh sector, so school credentials are miles behind. However, the speed at which it’s changing also lends itself to recognising small chunks of competency. Most skills in this sector are experientially learned, as opposed to formally taught, but solid experience holds the real value – and forms the headline of most job applications. Angular? Oh yes I’m awesome at angular… Being able to authenticate those skills is, however, quite another matter.

This thinkery was created for an article by Doug Belshaw for Hello World, Issue 3

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Learned Behaviour

The path to learning is paved with good behaviours. It can also be a pretty lucrative path, for some…

From Speak & Spell: A History by Audrey Watters.


Algorithmic secret sauce

“the promise of NGDLE remains fuzzy and inchoate to most of us, a dream of algorithmic secret sauce that will rescue us in the near future if we trust in the industry to provide.”

From Interventions by Brian Lamb.

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Web 2.0 Country

Web2.0—the web of platforms, personalization, clickbait, and filter bubbles—is the only web most students know. That web exists by extracting individuals’ data through persistent surveillance, data mining, tracking, and browser fingerprinting and then seeking new and “innovative” ways to monetize that data. As platforms and advertisers seek to perfect these strategies, colleges and universities rush to mimic those strategies in order to improve retention.

From Pedagogy and the Logic of Platforms by Chris Gilliard via this post by Brian Lamb