Let's Predict the Future: Badges (G2)

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Slides for a workshop session on "Let us Predict the Future!" given by Brian Kelly, Cetis, UK at the SAOIM 2014 conference in Pretoria on 3 June 2014. See http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/events/ saoim-2014-lets-predict-the-future-workshop/

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Let’s Predict the Future!:

Let’s Predict the Future! A half-day workshop at the SAOIM 2014 conference held on Tuesday 3 June 2014 facilitated by Brian Kelly, Cetis Slides available under a Creative Commons licence (CC-BY) 1 G2 : Let’s Predict the Future: Digital 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: Events on badges e.g. Online Conference 2013 on MOOCs , badges and OER MOOCS on badges e.g. Badges as New Currency for Credentials Global organisations overseeing developments of badges infrastructure i.e. Openbadges.org 3

A Sceptical Perspective:

A Sceptical Perspective After initial participation in the Hyperlinked Library MOOC I had received badges for: Asking someone to be a friend Accepting a friendship request Deleting a private message Writing 5 blog posts Comments on 5 blog posts (“ I agree ”) Receiving 5 badges 4 Some concerns: Are badges trivial Are they just for kids? Will kids care? My GetGlue badge – a social sharing TV app (motivates watching TV!) See “ Initial Reflections on The Hyperlinked Library MOOC & the Badges I Have Acquired ”

Thoughts:

Thoughts If you wish to convince others of the importance of new technologies: Be prepared to hear criticisms and concerns (both legitimate and unlikely concerns) Try to address the concerns 5 For example see post on “ Assignment 2: Emerging Technology Planning ” on Hyperlinked Library MOOC blog which illustrates how I intend to evaluate the potential of badges whilst addressing concerns I’ve raised through use of a risk assessment approach.

Questions:

Questions Any questions? 6

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