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Earning a coding badge

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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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The unwritten books of Dr Belshaw

Conversational thinkery is where it’s at. Armed with a pen and paper, there are gems to be uncovered and captured. Recently, with my WeAreOpen comrades Doug Belshaw, Laura Hilliger we thought (online) through the overlap between Digital Literacies and Employability and before long I found myself capturing these book titles which ultimately helped us frame what we were talking about.

It’s evolved much further as part of Doug’s post: Eight ways to think about digital employability

Keeping badges weird

keeping badges weird

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This thought, born in a session at Mozfest, where Mark Surman related back to the kookiness of the origins of Open Badges. As micro-credentials become more mainstream, and the standard itself evolves (the proposed V2 has a number of big improvements from V1.1) the stuff that will stretch the development of the standard and the tools available are the innovative solutions where Open Badges can play a part.

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From hunch to policy

Hunch to Policy

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What would that look like if it were a badge? I’ve long since thought about a badge prototyping machine that would take a person through the process of creating the badge on the fly, and easily create a prototype. There’s a danger that we start with the policy in mind, rather that going with the hunch that we have…

This thought came from a session at Mozfest16.

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Why digital credentials?

Why digital credentials?

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In my opinion, interviews are a very poor way of judging whether someone will perform well in a job. Some people have figured out the game – how to interview well. And why not? But standing in the shoes of as employer, I want to employ the person who’ll do the best job (and even that’s not so straightforward to define).

I once employed a young person on his ability to solve a Rubik’s cube. There were other factors too of course, but I took his Rubik’s cube abilities as clues to various aspects of his character, as I can also solve a Rubik’s cube – but nowhere near as fast as him. However, this is exactly the sort of thing that you would never emerge in an interview.

So when it comes to digital credentials, who knows what value someone else see in them?

Thought: Kerry North, O2ThinkBig at DigitalMe’s BadgeSkills workshop.

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