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Quality and Open Badges

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Slides for a webinar delivered on invitation from the NordPlus project in October 2016. The presentation focused on findings from the Open Badge Network's discussion paper - Quality Management and Open Badges (O7A1). (The Open Badge Network is a pan-European, Erasmus+ funded project). It also featured a prototype for a Quality Canvas developed by Digitalme, to help organisations consider strategic reasons for engaging with Open Badges before launching an Open Badge initiative.

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Quality and Open Badges

  1. 1. Quality and Open Badges Gráinne Hamilton @grainnehamilton grainne.hamilton@digitalme.co.uk A City & Guilds Group Business
  2. 2. ‹#› …CAPTURE + SHOWCASE WHAT MATTERS WE ARE ALL UNIQUE…
  3. 3. A web standard which captures & communicates skills and attributes across the web Open Badges
  4. 4. http://openbadges.org
  5. 5. ‹#› What do we do? Open badges aren’t for professionals, they’re just for kids… (Agree or Disagree?) “ ”
  6. 6. ‹#› Accreditation Evidence is submitted Badge validated, Evidence is verified Skills are endorsed Badges are shared Multi point validation and quality assurance
  7. 7. A City & Guilds Group Collaborat ‹#› openbadgeacademy.com/employabilitypractitioner Evidence-based CPD
  8. 8. ‹ # › Introducing Ecommerce + AO robust assessment workflow World Association of Chefs (WACS) • Using the OBA to deliver valid and reliable AO awarded customised qualification credentials • Robust assessment workflows and data security now allow for more formal and regulated credentials • Earners discover, buy, evidence are issued their qual. in the OBA World Association of Chefs (WACS)
  9. 9. + ANNA’s CARE PROFILE Anna is awarded her Domiciliary Care Registration Badge. Anna now has her own personal profile that she can build and share with others, adding other credentials that she feels are relevant.
  10. 10. ‹#› Who is using Open Badges?
  11. 11. ‹#› What do we do? A badge will never have as much credibility as a certificate… (Agree or Disagree?) “ ”
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  13. 13. Open Badges and quality management www.openbadgenetwork.com/
  14. 14. www.openbadgenetwork.com/ The Open Badge Network discussion paper took the following format: 1. A survey on quality informed the paper. 39 complete responses 2. Persona based approach - issuer, earner, viewer 3. Findings presented in relation to the different stages of an Open Badge initiative: initial design; implementation; delivery and review. 4. A Quality Canvas is being created and will have a similar structure to the Digitalme Badge Design Canvas but allow users to explore high level quality considerations of their Open Badge initiatives Quality Management in Open Badges O7A1 Quality has an objective and a subjective dimension
  15. 15. Findings - Initial Design To support a clear foundation for your badge initiative: •Be clear about your long term goal for badges •Understand what opportunities you want to enable through the badge ecosystem, for yourself, your badge earners and the viewers of your awarded badges •Align your badge goal to the opportunities you want to enable and your desired strategic outcomes for badges •Once you are clear on the above, consider how you will implement these, bearing in mind quality considerations for implementation. www.openbadgenetwork.com/
  16. 16. • Be clear about the intended audiences for your badge • Develop a role-based value proposition - be clear about why those engaging with your badge would want to earn, issue or view it • Ensure your intended earners know the intended issuing organisation (this may not be the same as the badge creators) • Develop networks around your badge scheme • Open Badge Network’s resource, Guidelines for Badges in Territories (O4A3) • Ensure the type of evidence earners must provide is appropriate for what you want to assess, that badge content is well presented and that the badge will show the recipient has learned something. Aim to indicate the level of the badge and if it aligns with a competency framework • Open Badge Network Competency Repository is available under Infrastructure outputs (O2A3) • Put quality assurance processes in place around the creation, assessing, awarding and management of your badges Findings - Implementation www.openbadgenetwork.com/
  17. 17. • Select a delivery platform that includes elements you need. These might include: • The ability for earners to upload and store evidence in the system (reducing the chance of broken links to evidence) • The ability to create, issue and track badges in the same system • Earner verification • Select a delivery platform that includes the elements badge earners and viewers want, e.g.: • Issuer and earner verification • Enabling earners to search for and find badges • Enabling earners to view the badge evidence of others (so that they can understand what is required of them for the badge task and to benchmark and improve their own work) • The ability for earners to set the visibility of their badges and share them to social media and professional profiles • The ability to leave endorsements on badge evidence • Ability for the badge earner to communicate with the person they are earning the badge from Findings - Delivery www.openbadgenetwork.com/
  18. 18. Based on survey findings, Issuers want: 1. To be able to choose an evidence type that is relevant to the context, such as asking earners to submit a reflective piece or demonstrate their applied skills via a video etc 2. To have quality assurance processes in place 3. To develop badges as part of a wider badge scheme 4. To use a badge issuing system that enables earners to upload and store their evidence in the system (thereby reducing the chance of broken links with evidence held in 3rd party systems) Role based quality considerations - Issuer www.openbadgenetwork.com/
  19. 19. Based on survey findings, Earners want: 1. The badge issuer to be a well established organisation (Developing networks around badge schemes might help in this regard) 2. To be able to benchmark their work against others' work in order to improve their badge evidence 3. A system for earning badges that allows them to search for and find badges 4. A system for displaying badges that allows them to set the visibility of their badges, e.g. hide or show them 5. A system for displaying badges that allows them to share their badges to social media and professional profiles such as LinkedIn Role based quality considerations - Earner www.openbadgenetwork.com/
  20. 20. The viewer stated they would trust a badge if: 1. They were aware of the badge quality assurance procedures implemented by the issuer and believed them to be sound 2. The badge earner had received endorsements on their evidence from people working or teaching in that field 3. They could quickly ascertain the level of competency the badge indicated They believed: 4. Badges should be aligned to competency frameworks 5. Badges should map to a particular framework (When asked to state which competency framework, they didn’t specify a particular framework but responded “It would help me as a viewer to understand the value of a badge.”) Role based quality considerations - Viewer www.openbadgenetwork.com/
  21. 21. ‹#› What do we do? Drivers: what are the challenges or opportunities you want to address? (E.g. to give recognition for non-formal learning; building talent pipeline; differentiating candidates…) “ ”
  22. 22. 23 Prototype Quality Canvas www.openbadgenetwork.com/ Give recognition for non-formal learning of migrants to enable them to gain meaningful employment
  23. 23. 24 www.openbadgenetwork.com/ Prototype Quality Canvas Give recognition for non-formal learning of migrants to enable them to gain meaningful employment
  24. 24. 25 www.openbadgenetwork.com/ Prototype Quality Canvas Give recognition for non-formal learning of migrants to enable them to gain meaningful employment
  25. 25. 26 www.openbadgenetwork.com/ Prototype Quality Canvas Give recognition for non-formal learning of migrants to enable them to gain meaningful employment
  26. 26. 27 www.openbadgenetwork.com/ Prototype Quality Canvas Give recognition for non-formal learning of migrants to enable them to gain meaningful employment
  27. 27. 28 www.openbadgenetwork.com/ Prototype Quality Canvas Give recognition for non-formal learning of migrants to enable them to gain meaningful employment
  28. 28. Who is using Open Badges? 100+ Projects from 17 European Countries 200+ Projects World-wide Share your project at www.openbadgenetwork.com (OBN Inventory of Projects) www.openbadgenetwork.com/
  29. 29. www.openbadgenetwork.com/ Welcome to the Open Badge Network The Open Badge Network (OBN) is an Erasmus + project which brings together organisations from across Europe to support the development of an Open Badge ecosystem, promoting the use of Open Badges to recognise non-formal and informal learning. Open Badges is an open standard that allows all skills and achievements to be recognised and shared across the web. Schools, universities, employers and informal learning providers globally are using open badges to capture life long learning which is currently unrecognised. This project aims to provide a trusted source of independent information, tools and informed practice to support people who are interested in creating, issuing and earning badges across Europe.
  30. 30. The Open Badge Network Mission and Charter To establish Open Badge Network as a trusted source of independent information, tools and informed practice, facilitating a badge ecosystem to be developed across Europe. The Partnership and Associate Partners of Open Badge Network agree to the following Charter: • Advocate the adoption of Open Badge standard across Europe to recognise learning achievements gained in variety of contexts • Provide information, guidelines and use cases to enable the widest possible adoption of Open Badges across policy, education, employers, service providers and individuals • Advocate for and enable social inclusion by ensuring marginalised groups are able to gain recognition for all their skills and achievements, supporting their personal and professional progression • Raise the value and profile of informal and non-formal learning taking place outside of formal education • Support on-going development of Mozilla’s open source backpack and other open badging tools, to ensure end users’ data is portable between systems and retained by the individual We ask that all partners of the Open Badge Network agree to support and advocate this Charter.
  31. 31. https://www.openbadgeacademy.com/Getstartedwithbadges Badges to learn about badges!
  32. 32. “Open Badges can evolve best as a collaborative, community-driven effort. Its future is brightest when the community comes together to carry it forward.” Mark Surman Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation Community
  33. 33. Gráinne Hamilton @grainnehamilton grainne.hamilton@digitalme.co.uk A City & Guilds Group Business

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