eLC Event: Badges for informal and formal learning- 17 December 2013

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Badges for informal and formal learning - now in the AFTERNOON

The final eLearning community event of 2013 focuses on the use of badges in informal and formal learning. The use of badges, indicating level of participation of course completion for example, has increased considerably recently. Speakers of this event will report on the use of badges in iSpot; on open courses and employer-led initiatives and on learners' use of and attitudes towards badges in two OU 'massive' open online courses.

Presentation slides from the event: Badges - Patrina Law & Hannah Gore (OMU)

Presentation slides from the event: Badges - Dr Simon Cross & Rebecca Galley (IET)

Presentation slides from the event: Badges - Jon Rosewell (MCT) & Doug Clow (IET)

Please note this event is being recorded and can be viewed shortly after the session via Stadium

Date: 17 December 2013

Time: 14.00 - 16.15

Location: Library Seminar Rooms 1 & 2

Feel free to attend all or some of the talks

Programme:

14.00  - 14.40 -  Badges for learning: iSpot and beyond - Jon Rosewell (MCT)

In 2012 there was a flurry of interest in supporting the idea of using ‘badges’ to recognise learning, particularly due to the Mozilla Open Badges project (http://openbadges.org/) and funding through the 2012 Digital Medial and Learning Competition (http://www.dmlcompetition.net/). Badges offer the potential of rewarding informal learning and reaching non-traditional learners.

iSpot (http://www.ispotnature.org/) has used its own form of badges since it was created in 2008. We will outline how badges are used in the iSpot reputation system to reveal the developing identification skills of members of the iSpot community and to acknowledge the experts who represent natural history groups and societies.

Experience with iSpot and with the development of an (unsuccessful) bid for the DML competition allows us to explore how badges for learning could fit into the offering of the OU, and expose some of the tensions that arise.                       

14.40 -  15.20 -  Badges for informal learners and OU students  - Patrina Law (OMU) and Hannah Gore (OMU) 

In support of the OU priority Journeys from Informal to Formal Learning (JIFL), recognition of informal learners’ achievements currently takes the form of a user profile on OpenLearn, detailing course excerpts that have been viewed online. To enhance learner confidence and progression, badges, as a visual representation of achievement or participation, have been investigated and piloted in discrete projects at the OU and elsewhere on open courses and employer-led initiatives. This presentation outlines a suite of badges that align with employability and the OU’s existing skills-related OER that will be delivered in 2014 on OpenLearn.

15.20 -  15.30 - Coffee

15.30 -  16.10 -  Badges at the formal/informal interface: badge use, functioning and learners’ attitudes in two open online course - Simon Cross and Rebecca Galley IET)

This presentation will report on the learners use of and attitudes towards badges in two ‘massive’ open online courses delivered by the Open University in 2013; one as part of JISC funded research project and the other as part of a taught postgraduate course. It will review the range of functions that badges can serve including consideration of psychological, sociological, cultural and reputational functions and using this to make a distinction between possible formative and summative roles. Data from end of courses surveys and user posts on the course site and social media will be used to examine what value participants ascribed to badges. Whilst the majority of respondents felt the opportunity to earn badges contributed positively to the course, some remained sceptical or concerned about their role and impact.

16.10  - 16.15 – Closing remarks 

If you would like to attend, please e-mail iet-elc-admin@open.ac.uk

Presentation slides from the event: Badges - Patrina Law & Hannah Gore (OMU)

Presentation slides from the event: Badges - Dr Simon Cross & Rebecca Galley (IET)

Presentation slides from the event: Badges - Jon Rosewell (MCT) & Doug Clow (IET)

Please note this event is being recorded and can be viewed shortly after the session via Stadium

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