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Keeping badges weird

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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Introducing Badge News

If you’re interested in Open Badges, you’ve probably asked the question well who’s using them? The team at We Are Open, lead by Doug Belshaw have assembled a number of interested parties, and put together an awesome fortnightly newsletter for just this reason.

Sign up here: badge.news

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From hunch to policy

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?

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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Chicken and Egg…

I couldn’t make it to ISTE 2016, so instead I joined Doug Belshaw, Noah Geisel and Ian O’Byrne remotely for some off-the-cuff thinkery on Open Badges. Rich dialogue is where the ideas are waiting to be unearthed…

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Badge Pathways

Here’s some thinking on using visual metaphors for badge pathways as a result of some remote workshop thinkery at ISTE.

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A weblike existence

“The web is more a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect — to help people work together — and not as a technical toy. The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our weblike existence in the world.”
— Tim Berners-Lee

Created for “3 ways Open Badges work like the Web” a blog post by Doug Belshaw.

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Properties of Open Badges

What distinguishes Open Badges from other types of badges? Did I mention that they’re open, so you can take them with you?

This graphic was created for the City & Guilds Group, as part of the comms for their recent acquisition of DigitalMe and Makewaves. A clever move I say…

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Open Badges – can you take them with you?

How do we capture a richer picture of our skills and abilities, so that you can take them with you on your next journey? Open Badges may have the answer. For a collaborative community-built resource, check out the all new Badge Wiki. Why not jump in and add your badge related stuff to the wiki?

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Cities of Learning

Joining up informal learning opportunities in a locality makes a lot of sense to me.

The Cities of Learning programme has its roots in the Chicago summer of learning – which was instrumental in the use and promotion of Open Badges back in 2013. It gathered together over 100 organisations, a lot of them civic institutions, to provide small connected programmes of learning throughout the summer. Open Badges were used to recognise achievement and gather data. It was funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

I recently attended an event hosted by the RSA exploring the possibility of applying some of that methodology in the UK. Watch this space…