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Thinking about badging...

posted Oct 2, 2012, 9:17 AM by Rebecca Galley   [ updated Oct 2, 2012, 9:32 AM by Yishay Mor ]

We had a catch-up with Juliette Culver (lead Cloudworks developer) yesterday to talk about how we might support badging through the OLDS-MOOC. She has been working on enabling Mozilla badging in Cloudworks (Mozilla Badges/FAQs) and it’s really starting to come together. Very exciting :-)

Screen shot of the create a badge page on the Cloudworks development server

 At the moment we think Cloudworks will support two kinds of badge:

o        One that is more suited to product outcomes/ criteria where ‘verifiers’ are identified (‘verifiers’ in the loosest sense – badges will be basically self awarded and all the verifiers will do is check that a document has been successfully linked to). An example of this type of badge might be where to award yourself a week 3 ‘Ideate’ you might have to link to 3 examples of where you have used representations to collectively brainstorm and conceptualise your design. The verifiers would just check that the examples had been successfully linked to.

o        The second badge type would be more suited to process outcomes and supports crowdsourced feedback on learning activity. For example for a ‘Learning Design practitioners’ type badge you might need to capture and link to feedback from 3-5 other people on your design practice (sharing, collaborating, giving feedback etc) and once you have done that your badge can be awarded.

We haven't yet worked out how badges will be worked into the MOOC design but we won’t be going for anything very complex, and badges will be completely optional for MOOC participants. From a project perspective we are just interested in finding out whether awarding badges positively impacts on the experience of MOOCers. For example whether the badges give added focus, or impact on the way people engage in activities and project groups - this seems like a good opportunity to try it out. We also think that given that participants in this MOOC are all educators, participants will find the process of badging an interesting experience to be part of! (As always if you have any comments, questions or ideas about the OLDS-MOOC do get in touch. I’ve just added an ideas and questions board Cloud to the MOOC design Cloudscape http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/6526 - What do you think about badging? Any badging experiences you think we should know about?!)

Week leaders have also started putting up learning outcomes and outlines of activities for their weeks – this should be completed in the next few days. Next the resources will gradually be added. The OULDI project have just finished a (sort of) stop-motion animated activity for their Course Features cards which should go up later this week as part of week 3. This (and most of the other OLDS-MOOC resources) will be free to use and remix as a CC:BY 2.0 licensed OER.

Rebecca

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