Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory. What is a digital badge?
A digital badge is a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments. Open badging makes it easy for anyone to issue, earn, and display badges across the web—through a shared infrastructure that's free and open to all. The world is changing fast and, today more than ever, traditional modes of assessment fail to capture the learning that happens everywhere and at every age.
Platforms for Issuing Open Badges. Digital Badges in Higher Education White Paper. How Badges Really Work in Higher Education. IT Trends | Feature How Badges Really Work in Higher Education Digital badge initiatives at colleges and universities across the country are challenging assumptions about learning and assessment.
In 2011, as the University of California, Davis added a new major in sustainable agriculture and food systems, it sought to create a curriculum that would help students develop competencies for addressing the environmental, social, and economic challenges involving agriculture. Because much of the work takes place outside the classroom, administrators wanted students to create their own portfolios where they could demonstrate all types of learning and activities. "This seemed to match well with digital badges," says Joanna Normoyle, internship coordinator and undergraduate adviser for UC-Davis' Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI).
The new major was selected as one of 30 winners of a MacArthur Foundation Digital Media & Learning Competition grant. Advancing Learning 2014: Badges in Higher Education. I pulled together some additional resources for folks attending the Advancing Learning 2014 conference at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario.
To make it easy for people to dig deeper into some of the resources I mention during my presentation, I've pulled them together and posted them here. Feel free to post any question, comments, or additional resources related to badges in higher ed. General Resources Grant, S. & Shawgo, K.E. (2013). Digital Badges: An Annotated Research Bibliography. Digital Badges on HASTAC.orgHASTAC administered the Badges for Lifelong Learning movement, and this Digital Badges page represents the work we did with the 30 Badges for Lifelong Learning projects funded to build some of the first badge systems for learning. Design Principles Documentation (DPD) Project: The Design Principles Documentation Project tracked the badge system development of ~30 winners of the Badges for Lifelong Learning competition.
Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges. Digital badges offer students the opportunity to pave their own learning pathways and allow employers to verify necessary workforce skills, according to this report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Mozilla Foundation.
The report defines digital badges as “credentials that represent skills, interests, and achievements earned by an individual through specific projects, programs, courses, or other activities.” A credible badge stores information online through a digital hyperlink about the associated skills, as well as what projects and tasks the badge holder completed to obtain it. This report explores digital badges and how they can be used to improve student learning and outcomes, as well as expand vocational and interest-based skills for learners of all age. Press Release Executive Summary. Lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/AIR_Digital_Badge_Report_508.pdf. Badge Alliance. Digital and Web Literacies Working Group - Badge Alliance. Welcome to the wiki page for the Badge Alliance Working Group for Digital and Web Literacies Badges!
Short URL for this page: This group endeavors to create a shared badge system (or systems) that recognizes 21st-century digital skills and web literacies: things that often aren’t captured by traditional credentials or formal degrees. Web literacy can be defined as the skills and competencies needed for reading, writing and participating on the web. This Working Group, in conjunction with the Mozilla community that helped to define the Web Literacy Map strives to bring that work to life by charting skills and competencies through the development of a functional set of open badges and associated pathways.
Who leads this group? Co-Chairs: Doug Belshaw, Web Literacy Lead, Mozilla Foundation; Michelle Thorne, Global Strategist, Mozilla FoundationSecretary: Chosen weekly from D/WL WG call attendeesBadge Alliance Liaison: Carla Casilli, Director of Design & PracticeCommunity: Call Archive. Computer Science 101. UPDATE: we're doing a live, updated MOOC of this course at stanford-online July-2014 (not this Coursera version).
See here: CS101 teaches the essential ideas of Computer Science for a zero-prior-experience audience. Computers can appear very complicated, but in reality, computers work within just a few, simple patterns. CS101 demystifies and brings those patterns to life, which is useful for anyone using computers today. In CS101, students play and experiment with short bits of "computer code" to bring to life to the power and limitations of computers. Here is another video Nick created for this class. Open Badges (@OpenBadges) Campus Policy Framework for Open Badges (Badge Alliance) Recording Information. How To Display Your Open Badges on Your LinkedIn Profile.