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Open Badges Community Call, January 21, 2015

Mozilla Open Badges Blog

Fri Jan 23 2015 18:08:51 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Open Badges Community Call, January 21, 2015:

Agenda: http://bit.ly/CC_Jan21

This year it’s all about making these calls more about you, our wonderful community. With our revived “open mic” approach, everyone who wants to give updates on their badging projects can have time to share and gather feedback from their fellow badgers.

This week we were introduced to newcomer Keesa Johnson, an instructional designer who is working on creating a framework for open badges at Michigan State University based on the badge system developed at Seton Hall University. Welcome, Keesa! We hope to see you sharing more on a future call.

A question from another newcomer, IBM’s Laurie Miller, sparked an interesting discussion about badge value. This is a conversation that’s been ongoing since badges first started gaining traction, but has gotten more attention recently, with more people writing, writing (and writing!) about the potential and challenges of creating value around digital and open badges. We’ll be using one of the upcoming calls to dive deeper, so get your thinking (and writing) caps on!

Sunny Lee brought up a recent discussion thread from the community mailing list on badges and image / content licensing, raising the question of whether folks would be interested in digging into the points raised on a community call. Catch up with the thread here and stay tuned for more movement on that conversation.

Andrew Downes is working on a prototype for issuing open badges through the Tin Can API; follow the Gitter chat here: https://gitter.im/ht2/BadgesCoP. Nate Otto posted “minor updates” to the Badgr mobile apps for iOS and Android - if you find any bugs, report them to Nate directly via email. These updates should make them compatible with more issuers of open badges (how exciting!)

Speaking of exciting projects, Don Present is working on building a badge-enabled personal learning environment (PLE) for international humanitarian workers, starting with Doctors Without Borders. We definitely look forward to hearing more about this as it progresses - and if you’re going to the 2015 ePIC Conference in Barcelona in June, look out for Don’s presentation on this project.

We were also joined by more of our European friends, Nerijus Kriauciunas and Robertas Visinkis, who have developed BadgeCraft, which offers tools for organizations to design, manage and issue open badges. Their project made it through to the finals of hte DML Competition, and although voting has now ended, you can read more about their proposal here: http://bit.ly/DML_BadgeCraft

Thank you to everyone who participated this week - join us next Wednesday at 12pm ET to share and give feedback on more community badging projects!

BadgeLAB Leeds: badges for arts-based learning in the...

Mozilla Open Badges Blog

Wed Jan 21 2015 15:50:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)



BadgeLAB Leeds: badges for arts-based learning in the UK

BadgeLAB Leeds is a partnership amongst ArtForms Leeds, Sheffield Hallam University and DigitalMe. The project works with local arts organisations and arts practitioners to help them create badges that recognise arts-based learning. BadgeLAB Leeds offers learning events for schools, learning programmes and informal audiences.

Buzz, one of the participating arts programmes, is for young people aged 14 to 25 who have a learning disability. It’s offered by West Yorkshire Playhouse at First Floor, their designated creative space for young people.Bee, featured in the above video, is an artist and support worker for Buzz who attended a Badge Design Day back in September.

Head over to the blog (link below) to read an interview with Maria, Co-ordinator at Buzz, about BadgeLAB Leeds.

Read more over on the Digital Me blog

The OBHE Project is Seeking Collaborators

Re-mediating Assessment

Tue Jan 20 2015 17:59:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

By Daniel Hickey
I am on my way to the Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy in San Antonio.  This event is hosted by UPCEA (University Professional and Continuing Education Association) and the American Council on Education.  Lawrence Ragan is chairing a panel discussion on open digital badges.  Mike Palmquist from Colorado State and Jason Fish from Purdue are on the panel and that should be a big draw as they are doing really interesting stuff.

I was happy to be invited because I think that the Summit will be a good place to find potential collaborators for the new Open Badges in Higher Education project.  As I elaborate below, my team is funded for two years to support people who are getting innovative badge systems operational in higher education.  We can offer quite a bit in terms of getting systems up and running, and documenting progress and projects in our open case library.
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Badger Beats: The Week In Review [72]

Mozilla Open Badges Blog

Sat Jan 17 2015 08:05:54 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Hey there, folks! Here’s your rundown of what went on in the world of badges this week:

That’s it for this week - if you’ve got something to share, tweet it out using the hashtag #openbadges so we can pass it on to the community.
And don’t forget, public voting for the DML Competition closes next week, so get your votes in by January 20!

Open Badges Community Call, Jan. 14, 2015

Mozilla Open Badges Blog

Thu Jan 15 2015 17:27:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Audio: http://bit.ly/CCJan14-audio

Agenda: http://bit.ly/CC_Jan14

This year, we’re encouraging the community to have much more of a voice on the community calls, with “open mic” style updates and presentations.

This week, Sunny Lee shared her hopes for badges in 2015, including continuing work on endorsement, the Directory and display tools. A number of community members, including Serge Ravet, are working on projects such as the Open Badge Passport to make badge sharing and display easier for earners. Tim Cook from the Sprout Fund also hopes 2015 will bring more display options such as backpacks and passports, as well as progress on backpack federation. Many community members are also working on increased documentation for badging projects in 2015 - James Willis is putting the Design Principles Documentation Project’s final report together, with “research and hard data” to contribute to our research base. Exciting stuff!

We also heard from Nate Otto and Beth Unverzagt, who are founding members of the Oregon Badge Alliance. This sparked a discussion of how a selection of organizations came together to form “a network of partners in Oregon who want to advance education with technology.” They are kicking off 12 pilot projects in 2015, including workforce readiness programs, after school groups, higher education and informal learning organizations. Wayne Skipper, another of the Oregon Badge Alliance’s founding members, said the key to forming this regional alliances finding a “core group serving different roles with complementary skills” across different sectors. We hope to follow up with the folks in Oregon and get some advice for others who might want to start their own local or regional collaborations.

Finally, we heard from Mercè Muntada, Jordi Moretón and Eduardo Millán, who together developed BadgeCulture, a project to engage people in cultural tourism activities in Spain. They recently launched an open beta at www.badgeculture.com and are looking for further tools and user testing before progressing further. Badges are still a new concept in Spain, so they’re also doing a lot of evangelism and education on the concept of badges before taking BadgeCulture to the next level and developing badges.

If you’ve got a badging project you’re thinking about or working on, please join us next Wednesday at 12pm ET and share it with the community!

Vote for open badges proposals in the #DMLtrust competition finals

Mozilla Open Badges Blog

Tue Jan 13 2015 19:07:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

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Over the past five years, the Digital Media and Learning Competition has awarded $10 million to more than 100 projects — including the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, which kicked off 30 badging projects, many of which are still going strong today. 

This year’s competition is The Trust Challenge: an open, international invitation to museums, libraries, school districts, schools, community organizations, app developers, researchers, colleges and universities, and other institutional/organizational partners willing to create collaborations or alliances that address existing real-world challenges to trust in connected learning environments.

Many of you, our innovative and motivated community, submitted badging proposals to the Trust Challenge. Among the finalists are the following projects that we encourage you to vote for before January 20, 2015:

Reputation building tools for Open Badge issuers

BadgeCraft offers tools for organisations to design, manage and issue Open Badges in their educational practices. Our proposal will focus on developing reputation building tools for badge issuers and Open Badges within the wider community of potential endorsers: schools, parents, employers. We will partner with Trustribe to develop reputation building solutions. Trustribe has developed technology which enables users building and transferring their reputation across different collaborative platforms. We want to adapt their technology and know-how to enhance badge issuing process with reputation tools.

Vote for bit.ly/DML_BadgeCraft

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Oregon Center for Digital Learning Trust Ecosystem Project

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The Trust Ecosystem Project will work with 12 pilot badge programs, employers, and Oregon Badge Alliance partners in workforce development, government, K12 and higher education to build software and a framework for connecting learning experiences with Open Badges. The project aims to close the loop between badge issuers, earners and consumers by building software that represents the interests of each stakeholder group. Each application will be released open source as well as hosted for public use. Beyond software, the Trust Ecosystem Project will organize a youth advisory council and will bootstrap a trust network around badges with pilot programs and badge-consumer partners in Oregon, yielding a variety of case studies and potentially exportable implementation models.

Vote for the Trust Ecosystem Project here: bit.ly/DML_TrustEcosystem

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Open Badge Passport

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The project aims at establishing a native, distributed, open trust infrastructure based on a network of Open Badge Passports (OBPassport) that seamlessly issue, receive, share and display badges. Fully OBI compliant and open source, the OBPassport will provide users and organizations with their own backpacks and create the conditions for the emergence of new services through the provision of an open API. The OBPassport will provide social features, such as the creation of badge aggregations at group, network, organization or business levels, the display of badges earned by friends in one’s activity stream, or the search for people with a specific badge, sharing evidence across passports.

Vote for the Open Badge Passport here: bit.ly/DML_OBPassport

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Global Gateway: Building Trust Through Peer Review

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VIF’s Global Gateway system provides online professional development (PD), digital badging and a social community to over 8,000 educators from around the world. To further our trusted environment, educators need opportunities to engage in focused peer and expert review of learning products. The proposed Global Gateway enhancement will allow teachers to choose between completing PD modules or progressing toward competency badges while fostering a trusted peer review community.

Vote for the Global Gateway project here: bit.ly/DML_VIFGlobal

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Badging as Lifelong Learning

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ForAllRubrics is hoping to develop ForAllLearners, a tool to help learners navigate all their learning experiences throughout their lifetime. Badging as credentialing supports learning from the point of view of employers, schools and others that control opportunities. During this project we will focus on badging in the context of work readiness with the goal of creating practical working exemplars of how these three approaches to badging complement each other and make for a more effective learning ecosystem.

Vote for Badging as Lifelong Learning here: bit.ly/DML_LifelongLearning

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About the DML Competition

The Digital Media and Learning Competition is a program designed to find and to inspire the most novel uses of new media in support of connected learning. The Competition aims to explore how technologies are changing the way people learn and participate in daily life. It is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through a grant to the University of California, Irvine, and is administered by HASTAC.

My next e-book: three options for you to vote on

Doug Belshaw

Sun Jan 11 2015 21:13:30 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Thanks for the feedback! I’ve closed comments on this post now and announced the books I’m writing over here.

Update: something went horribly wrong in the process of using (the otherwise excellent) Gumroad for voting. I’ve transferred the overview of each one to this post, so please just leave a comment to indicate which e-book you’d prefer me write!


Last year I published The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies. I’ve recently reduced it in line with my pricing strategy.

I want to get started writing my next e-book, and I need your help in deciding what to focus on. Here’s my thoughts:

  • The Essential Elements of Open Badges
  • The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies: the workbook
  • #uppingyourgame: a practical guide to personal productivity v2

Which would you choose? Add a comment below! :)

The Essential Elements of Open Badges

This book will cover everything from the promise of alternative credentialing to practical steps in getting started. We’ll delve into:

  • telling the difference between digital badges and open badges
  • how to create your first open badge
  • designing learning pathways
  • creating a meaningful and rigorous badge system
  • some of the technical side of things

Want me to write The Essential Elements of Open Badges? Leave a comment below!


The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies - workbook

This workbook builds on the success of The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies. It will provide activities to help learners at all levels improve their skills.

Things that will be covered in the workbook will include:

  • an overview of the 8C’s of digital literacies
  • suggested activities for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners
  • teacher notes
  • a glossary of terms

Want me to write The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies: the workbook? Leave a comment below!


#uppingyourgame v2

Updating the original #uppingyourgame e-book, this new version will cover everything you need to be more productive on a personal level. It will include:

  • reasons for being more productive
  • workflow creation
  • useful tools and apps
  • automating parts of your workflow
  • helping others be more productive

Want me to write #uppingyourgame: a practical guide to personal productivity v2.0? Leave a comment below!


I’m really interested in writing all of these e-books, but I can’t focus on all three simultaneously! Could you help me choose? I’ll be following the same iterative OpenBeta process I’ve followed with previous ebooks.

Got other ideas? Comments? Suggestions? Leave a comment below!

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Badger Beats: The Week In Review [71]

Mozilla Open Badges Blog

Sat Jan 10 2015 22:45:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Welcome back, badgers! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, wherever you are.

This week we invited you to help shape the future of the weekly community calls - see the discussion notes here and listen to the audio here: bit.ly/CCJan7-audio

If you want to check out the Open Badges in 2014 Timeline, head over to bit.ly/Badgesin2014 to see all the amazing things you accomplished in the last year.

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Here’s a quick rundown of what else has happened since the year began:

  • In the UK, Barclay’s Bank kicked off an exciting new initiative issuing badges for digital skills - check it out here;

If you’ve got more to share from the past few weeks, make sure to tweet it using the hashtag #openbadges…….it’s been awesome to see how much has come out over the holidays, and we can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store!

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Mozilla Open Badges Blog

Sat Jan 10 2015 13:50:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)



Erin Knight | Happy Holidays and Forward Thinking

Mozilla Open Badges Blog

Tue Dec 30 2014 13:20:06 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Erin Knight | Happy Holidays and Forward Thinking:

Badge Alliance Executive Director Erin Knight reflects on the year coming to a close and looks ahead to the exciting things 2015 holds in store for the badges community.

Click the link above to read more.

What I want to work on in 2015

Sunny Lee

Mon Dec 29 2014 16:28:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

2014 has seen a lot of development in the open badges world. You can see all the cool things we did and worked on here

 

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Reflecting back on the past year allows us an opportunity to take pause and inventory the tremendous amount of work and activity around open badges that occurred and the advances we made to further our goal of reimagining credentialing for the 21st century so that it is interoperable, democratic, open and designed with the learner in mind. 
But it also gets me excited about 2015 and thinking about what I want to work on in the next year; i.e. whats personally interesting to me, what I get most energized about and where I think well get the most bang for our buck in terms of broader adoption. 

 

Here’s my list:

 

* Adoption and ongoing experimentation of the open badges standard extension
The standard the standard the STANDARD! Are you sick of hearing about the standard yet? I know I know but that’s how important it is! It’s the underpinning of all our work enabling credentials to be all the things we want it to be; interoperable, stackable, portable and easily shareable. We’ve made a lot of advances on the foundational standards framework during Cycle 1 of the Badge Alliance Standard Working Group adapting JSON-LD technology to enable extending open badge metadata such that it is machine readable and indexable. We have shared the 1.1 proposal of the extension framework with the broader community and have put it through the feedback and iteration cycle. Having done that, in 2015 I’m eager for the community to start plugging in. The extension specification is super exciting because it allows badge issuing organizations to append additional metadata fields to any of the badge objects (i.e. badge assertion, badge class, issuer). 

 

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* Image courtesy of Nate Otto

 

Oft-talked about extension field possibilities include location data, endorsement, additional identities, etc. 
What’s really neat about the extension field is that we can experiment in a coordinated way. Say, my organization thinks location data is really important within my community so I decide to define a location extension context and add it to the Badge Class object. After introducing the field, I notice that other organizations are starting to use the context file in which I define my location field with increasing frequency. As more and more organizations start utilizing the location field, I can potentially bring this up with the Standards community and build a case to add the location field to the standard proper. 

 

* Making endorsement a reality by using the open badges standard extension field
Once we get organizations playing with the extension field for endorsement, I think things will get interesting. There are still a lot of things around endorsement that needs discussion and unpacking such as the following:
  • What’s the user experience around an issuer organization endorsing another organization’s badge class?
  • What’s the user experience around an issuer organization endorsing an earner’s badge instance?
  • What’s the user experience of a badge consumer who wants to review the endorsements a badge class has received?
  • What’s the user experience of a badge earner who wants to review the endorsements her particular badge instance has received?
  • What’s the user experience around an issuer organization or badge earner rejecting an unwanted endorsement?
  • How are the various endorsements a badge class or badge instance has received displayed so that it is both human and machine readable?
As folks start to pick up and run with the extension field, we can start to pin point with more accuracy the pain points people are experiencing in utilizing the endorsement field for their needs. We can use that data to triage and prioritize how to make the experience smoother for all participating parties to help support endorsement adoption. 

 

* Continuing progress on the Directory
Under the leadership of Kerri Lemoie from Achievery, the Directory Working Group has accomplished a lot during Cycle 1. But there’s so much more we can do to. 
I concluded my last blog with some next step suggestions such as listing badge instances in addition to badge classes, additional API end points and exploring ways in which we can lower the barrier of entry for badge issuers and being more articulate about the value proposition of the directory offering. 
Pending usage and uptick of the extension field in 2015, we could also list badges according to location data, or endorsement information, standards alignment, and more. 
In 2015 I want the directory to be at a place where twitter was circa 2008; minimal UI with production ready back end and APIs developers could easily plug into. With badge instance, badge class, endorsement data and the like available with easy access points, I can see an employer-facing application develop on top of the directory that enables hiring managers to extract badge earner listings based on certain badges, endorsements, tags and location, deriving practical value for organizational needs. This paves the way for employer tool development making it easier for employers to plug in and start accepting badges, completing the badge narrative from issuance to consumption for hiring. 

 

* Making a kick ass open badges display tool
It’s hard to “get” or wrap your head around what you don’t see and I think herein lies the problem with bridging the gap between early to mainstream adoption of open badges. The pitch is there and more and more people are coming on board, acknowledging the value proposition of an interoperable digital credential but we still don’t have a simple example of a visualized open badge that we can point to that has been verified, earned and displayed with all the meaningful data easily extractable on somewhere as simple as a Facebook timeline or blog. We need a simple display tool that helps folks easily share and display their open badges wherever they want. I think this tool should satisfy several needs currently not met with satisfaction in the ecosystem:
  • Earner can easily share earned badge on various websites, via email or attachment
  • Badge reviewer can easily extract and view the badge metadata
  • Metadata is both human and machine readable
  • Badge reviewer can verify whether badge earner matches the person claiming the badge
Current display capabilities do exist but they don’t do a good job at fully telling the potential and value of an open badge. A display tool that makes it simplistic and easy to share and review an open badge will go a long way in helping guide a broader audience to adoption. 
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This is already a pretty extensive list with each major bullet warranting multiple blog posts on their own. I know it’s highly ambitious aiming to tackle all of these but I think we have the right community, resources, thought leadership and organizational partners at the table to work on these collaboratively and in parallel with one another. I can’t help but think 2015 is the pivotal year that takes open badges several steps closer to mainstream adoption. I’m so excited for what’s in store and can’t wait to dive in. 

Happy Holidays and Forward Thinking

Erin Knight

Mon Dec 29 2014 16:22:02 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Looking Back

Schew! What a year! As you know, we wrapped Cycle 1 of the working groups up at the end of September - after 6-7 months of great work and contribution from the network. Since then, the team and I have been working to document all of the successes and challenges that came out of this first experimental cycle, and we plan to share those reports early in the new year. We’ve already celebrated many of the successes (and you!) for getting us there, for which I thank you again. In the new year, you can also expect a series of posts from me on lessons learned and ideas around next phases of the work. So much more to come there.

But as we wind down 2014, I felt it was important to highlight the things that I think need to happen next year, and the things that I’m particularly excited about digging into together in some capacity.

Looking Forward

First of all, I think the Working Groups this year were exceptionally successful at building a foundation for each topic area or sector. In some cases that included whitepapers and surveys, in others it was training materials, talking points and project plans. All of that was exactly where we needed to focus together this year. Next year, though, I think its really got to be time to dig in across the network. We all need to be building on top of those foundations and influencing real systems, real projects, real examples and real change. Here are a few things I think that involves:

Community

If we were to ignore all of the stuff that came out of the Working Groups, I’d still declare the Badge Alliance a pretty strong success in 2014, simply because of the community that was built. As a network, we are 1000 strong and growing, and that includes representatives from nonprofits, corporations, agencies, institutions, schools, cities and more. It’s a pretty big deal to have such a motivated, committed and diverse set of people that are coming together around similar values, goals and dreams. This has to continue to be a priority next year. We’ve got to find more and better ways to convene and share ideas, more effective means for producing core work together, further strategies for dividing and conquering, etc.

Standard

This one goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. The Open Badges Standard is still the most critical piece of all of our work. It’s the foundation for everything, the unifying piece that allows us to diverge and experiment in lots of different ways, but still have coherence and connection between our work, but more importantly keep things connected for the learners. So we’ve got the Standard, what do we need to do?

  • Ensure the Standard is accepted. At this point, the Standard is generally accepted and used across the network, but there is always the risk of closed standards emerging and closing down parts of the ecosystem, or siloing certain badges for learners. We have to continue to promote and protect the Open Standard. We can’t let our guard down. 
  • Ensure the Standard is stable. We are there, or at least pretty close. The Standard working group did a phenomenal job this year building a ‘commons’ for the Standard to live in beyond just Mozilla, including the exciting work with the W3C. This is critical for protecting and advancing the Standard, and moving it from a simple specification (or set of specifications, really) to a formal standard that can support this massive ecosystem.
  • Ensure the Standard is sufficient. The work is constantly evolving so the Standard has to as well. A lot of the features that were prototyped or thought through this cycle get us back to the cutting edge and supporting the most innovative use cases for badges so far. We’ve got to keep pushing on this and find ways to support the Standard financially, as well as build an effective open source model for maintaining and advancing it.

Endorsement

I have about 100 draft blog posts about Endorsement, including one that complains about LinkedIn ruining that word for us. We were using it first! :)

Endorsement is the killer app for badges. It’s the next step in making this all work. It’s the way to build trust and validation into the network. It’s essentially open and distributed accreditation (more blog posts!). But it’s BIG. There are at least two major parts to endorsement - the technical infrastructure (the standard and badges supporting the addition of endorsement information) and the social infrastructure (where and how endorsement occurs, incentives for endorsement, types of endorsement, etc). The Cycle 1 Endorsement Working Group did a great job in mapping out the technical pieces, in conjunction with the Standards group. I think the next thing that we need to do is prototype the social infrastructure. I have lots of ideas about this (see: blog post drafts), but the simple version is that we’ve got to pick the first 3-5 endorsers that can prove the concept and show the models for how we want this to work. More details on my thoughts to come in a blog post I promise to write finish soon, but I think next year needs some real examples of endorsement in action.

'Backpack'

The Backpack is currently the place where the ‘learner-centered-ness’ of badges comes into play. It’s the place they control and manage their data (badges), and the place they share from. The Mozilla Backpack, still the default Backpack for many systems, was initially only intended to be a reference implementation, basically a standard, for how other Backpacks could be built. But the usage and growth of badges and reliance on the Backpack demand a more product-level, well…product. And that doesn’t exist. Well, that’s not true. There are some more ‘product-level’ Backpacks out there but they are silo’d. That’s because federation doesn’t exist yet. We’ve talked about federation forever, but have yet to see it in action so different Backpacks are not connected very well, or at all, for earners.

So what’s the deal? Why is this so hard? Because it is. The Backpack is a lot of things - an identity and verification system, a Standard and assertion validator, a database, a personal portfolio, a displayer, a protector of data and privacy, a set of APIs, a sharing engine, oh and right, badges too. That’s a lot of different pieces to get right, to be liable for. And at the same time, there’s very little room for experiments or failures. There’s a ton of market-potential in the Backpack, and yet it feels like something any slightly risk-adverse company wouldn’t touch with a 100ft pole. Maybe its time to decouple some of these features and expectations, to rethink the Backpack.

And maybe we’re not even talking about the right thing. I’ve heard a lot of ideas lately of a next generation Backpack that isn’t a Backpack at all, but is some other conception of how badges are stored, verified and shared across the web. We’ve got to make it a top priority to figure this out together next year. Even if we decide to let a thousand “Backpack” flowers bloom, it should be an intentional decision with the right interoperability pieces designed from the beginning.

Currency / Full Integration Examples

I originally had called this priority “Employer Acceptance/Currency”. It’s time people, we’ve got to show that these badges can lead to jobs and are valued and used by employers. Patience is wearing thin for real examples. We’ve spent 3 years building out the issuer side and now that that’s really motoring, we don’t have that kind of space and flexibility for building out the consumption side. The window is now.

But I think the way to get there is not by cold calling employers, or even dangling the internal productivity/gamification carrot. Instead, it’s through designing currency upfront into the systems we’re building now. And I think we need a few pretty big systems that show a full integration, a full value chain. Cities of Learning is one strong contender here and hopefully can bring a lot of types of currency (jobs, school credit, peer reputation, etc) to the table within these local communities. I think veterans is another potential area/audience where a full integration - including recognition for existing skills, training providers, endorsers, employers, and of course the earners - could be exactly the type of example we need to demonstrate how we know this could work and ‘tip’ awareness and acceptance. I’m sure there are more and you should build them. :)

This is not a comprehensive list. There were ideas and next steps in each working group about what the topic area/sector needed next. But these are the most pressing projects that are on my mind right now, and the things I’m the most excited about working on next year.

At the same time, this is a lot. No one organization or person can do all of these - or maybe even one of these - alone. It will take participation and contribution from across the network, so I encourage you to start thinking about these, or even, better, start digging in.  

Happy new year! Looking forward to working on badges with you in 2015!

-E

Badger Beats: The Week in Review [70]

Mozilla Open Badges Blog

Sun Dec 21 2014 13:23:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Welcome to the year’s final edition of the Badger Beats - and what a year it’s been!

From February’s launch of the Badge Alliance and the collaborative efforts of the various Working Groups, resulting in an impressive set of deliverables from Cycle 1, to the summer’s exciting CGI Commitment for 10 Million Better Futures, this year we’ve seen just how much can be done when our community works together. The Cities of Learning and the emergence of new international badging communities pushed badges into new areas, while ongoing efforts in higher education, workforce, research and professional development strengthened the work the community had already done.

For now, let’s look back at what happened this week:

The Badge Alliance team is looking forward to seeing what exciting new projects await in 2015 - you guys really crushed it this year!

Happy holidays, everyone! We’ll see you in January.

Jarin Schmidt | Badging: The End of a Trend

Mozilla Open Badges Blog

Sun Dec 21 2014 13:10:28 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Jarin Schmidt has spent more than 14 years in the credentialing industry at Pearson, and was product lead for Pearson’s badging platform, Acclaim. Schmidt now supports the platform as a business development executive and recently wrote a piece for the Institute of Credentialing Excellence titled "Badging: The End of a Trend," in which he examines the momentum of the badging movement over recent years and offers his insights into the Acclaim team’s findings since launching their platform at the beginning of the year:

Now Is the Time to Go Digital

Dynamic digital badges can evolve in response to changing needs within the global economy. They are a viable resource for credential issuers and earners that:

  • Inform and enable credentialing organizations to evolve their programs based on direct feedback from the market in order to meet skill gaps;
  • Increase brand value through more transparent recognition of what it takes to earn a credential;
  • Engage credential earners with the issuers over the span of a career, instead of a moment in time;
  • Provide credential earners with the kind of verified recognition that is relevant in the digital world.

Badges aren’t just a trend to watch; they are happening now. And now is the perfect time to start badging your credential.

Read the piece in full here.

Open Badges Community Project Call, December 17, 2014

Mozilla Open Badges Blog

Fri Dec 19 2014 19:24:46 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Open Badges Community Project Call, December 17, 2014:

Speakers:

  • Badge Alliance team

Agenda: http://bit.ly/CC-Dec17

We led the year’s final community call by providing an overview of the year’s major milestones, including:

Check out the audio by clicking the link above, and follow along using these slides:

The Year In Review [2014] from Open Badges