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THU: Open Digital Badges – A practical proposal for the use of open digital badges in an ASB Online Academy course (Debbie Grieve)
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Dr Simon Ball
30 January 2014
Open digital badges that contain meta-data as evidence from authentic assessment allow individuals to demonstrate their learning and skills in a variety of settings and across disciplines both formally and informally. This helps paint a richer picture of the skills people possess unlike traditional certifications. The openness afforded by digital badges makes them networked and allows them to be shared across the web for employment, education or lifelong learning (Knight, 2013).
Whether you agree with this statement or not, it is hard to ignore the developing trend toward open digital badges as an alternative accreditation method. However, many questions surrounding their use and long-term credibility and sustainability still exist. This conference session will examine some of the latest research and findings in relation to the implementation of open digital badges and explore how these can be used to develop a viable program of implementation via a practical proposal for our own ASB Online Academy instructors.
The ASB Online Academy is an American School of Bombay (ASB) initiative. The ASB Online Academy has developed a unique program of online learning opportunities for a diverse international audience across three learning strands: Professional, Student and Adult. Due to the global, transitory nature of our program and our school, researching the use of open digital badges in an online learning environment was an obvious step toward supporting a more open and portable approach to obtaining and sharing achievements and credentials.
This conference session will explore key elements of this practical proposal offered to ASB Online Academy instructors, in order to encourage them to introduce open digital badges into their online course design. We will explore the evidence that informed the guidelines produced for our instructors. The proposal will be in the format of a Prezi presentation that walks through the key components required for designing badge empowered learning environments (Finkelstein et al., 2013). Selected, relevant elements of this will be shared during the conference and will focus on:
• Evidence of open digital badge approaches already adopted by educational institutions:
o The University of California, Irvine (Carey, 2012)
o Purdue University (Tally, 2012)
• Exploration of the potential of open digital badges in order to accelerate 21st century learning environments including:
o Alternative models of assessment (Hickey, 2012)
o Individual Learning Pathways (Finkelstein et al., 2013, p13)
• Key challenges facing the wider adoption of open digital badges as a sustainable and credible accreditation alternative:
o Validity and credibility (Casilli, 2012)
o Authentic, openly accessible meta-data (Sharples et al., 2013, p 12)
• Insight into specific guidelines provided to ASB Online Academy instructors
Attendees will leave the presentation with ideas for a workable implementation strategy based on the latest research that could be adapted for their own institution as required.