Future Technologies: Digital Badges [C2]

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Future Technologies and Their Applications:

Future Technologies and Their Applications A one-day workshop at ILI 2013 facilitated by Brian Kelly and Tony Hirst 1 C2 : Technology Trends: Badges

What Are (Digital) Badges?:

What Are (Digital) Badges? Digital badges : A validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest that can be earned in various learning environments. They aim to provide: Motivation to Participate : they offer a new pathway of lifelong learning separate from traditional , formalised academic pathways. Motivation to Collaborate : they promote active, engaged involvement. Recognition and Assessment : badges can recognize quality or demonstrate community approval Alternative Credentials : may be a potential challenger to the dominant paradigm of diplomas in higher education 2 See http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_badges

Evidence of their Significance:

Evidence of their Significance We are now seeing: International conferences on badges e.g. MOOCS on badges e.g. Badges as New Currency for Credentials Global organisations overseeing developments of badges infrastructure i.e. Openbadges.org Interest in the UK HE sector i.e. I nterest in media 3

Why Is It Important?:

Why Is It Important? Event amplification can: Maximise impact of ideas at events Provide additional professional development opportunities e.g. see “ Open content and open events: Professional development in an amplified world ” Provide environment benefits due to reduced need to travel Provide marketing opportunities for events Provide learning opportunities related to use of distance learning, MOOCS , ... 4

Why is it Important Now?:

Why is it Important Now ? Event amplification is important now: Ubiquitous networks Proliferation of mobile devices Ability to make use of existing tools e.g. bundled in (Skype) or readily available & used in other contexts (Twitter) We’ve seen a gestation period before it became accepted as valuable Use is now mature e.g. less inappropriate content on Twitter walls 5

What Should/Could I Do?:

What Should/Could I Do? You can: Engage in event amplification at ILI by lurking Engage actively be participating in the back channel discussions Speakers can encourage tweeting during your talks Take a pro-active approach to amplification of your organisation’s events 6

Biases and Prejudices:

Biases and Prejudices Note: I wrote a paper on “ Using Networked Technologies To Support Conferences ” in 2005 I created the “ Amplified Conference ” Wikipedia entry Lorcan Dempsey, who coined the term, was my boss @ eventamplifier is a friend You would therefore expect me to be enthusiastic about amplified events! 7


Questions Any questions? 8