Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Open Ed 13: Building an Online Course with Open Badges: a practical guide

My backpack
My backpack (Photo credit: mathplourde)
Wade Weichel presented on open badges.

"You're interested in incorporating badges into your course to engage and motivate students and to track achievement against learning milestones and outcomes. You?d also like to incorporate open badge publishing. This session will help with your success by preparing you to 1) plan for a blend of badges from human recognition as well as system recognition; 2) determine what types of system recognition you can and should leverage; 3) combine peer- and instructor-determined badges; and 4) plan appropriately for publishing to the Mozilla Open Badge Backpack. This session is intended to be quick and practical, leveraging a simple approach reflective of emerging best practices for first-timers."

He recommended th work of Carla Cassili

There is a badges MOOC:

A simplified model  - curricular and activity
Aligning competencies and learning outcomes
A badge can be issued by a teacher, activity or student

1. Team up
Work with others to get credibility and endorsements for your badging system.
2. Start with your course
Competencies and Learning/Project Milestones are good places to start
3. Create Competencies in your course
4. Leverage your LMS to manage and automate
Mozilla is recommended. They seem to be the one that is easiest to integrate. If not using Mozilla clearly articulate the descriptions and criteria
5. Check for Institutional Polices 
There may be issues around institutional name and organizatyion
If there is no policy, consider yourself to be the issuer. (we should check with CEEE issuance of badges)
6. Focus on the carrot
Start with modeling behavior
Wait to make them linked to continuing to te next stage of the course
7. Combine Badges
Curricular and activity - action teacher and peer based badges
8. Delight Students with Surprises
 Hidden badges for course behavior and encouraging good learning skills
9. Get Students Involved
Engage students by making them part of the process - peer review
10. Start with the Extrinsic
11. Keep it Simple
Use simple default badges
Use Creative Commons images for badge images. 

He has a badge for every learning outcome. 
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