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Badges in Higher Education Working Group

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FINAL CALL of the OBHE-Sponsored Working Group: 28 June 2016 featuring Ben Roome, Badge List

Full recording: https://archive.org/details/zoom_0_20160628

To connect: https://IU.zoom.us/my/higheredbadges

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2016-June28

14 June 2016 featuring Patrina Law, Open University (United Kingdom)

Full Recording: https://archive.org/details/zoom_0_201606

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2016-June14

Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/patrinalaw/the-application-of-open-digital-badging-at-the-ou-uk-and-its-future-in-he

31 May 2016 featuring Brenda Perea and Katie Woodmansee, Colorado Community College System

Full recording: https://archive.org/details/zoom_0_20160531

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2016-May31

17 May 2016 featuring Daniel Hickey, Indiana University

Full Recording: https://archive.org/details/zoom_0_201605

Where Badges Work Better

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2016-May17

3 May 2015 featuring Libraries and Badges: A Roundtable Discussion!

Full recording: https://archive.org/details/playback_201605

Leaders from three different national groups:

    Digital Library Federation: Bethany Nowviskie

    Mozilla Foundation: An-Me Chung and Iris Gill

    Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): Linda Braun

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2016-May3

19 April 2016 featuring Jaclyn Dudek, Pennsylvania State University

Full Recording: https://archive.org/details/zoom_0_201604

Digital Badges for Liberal Arts Citizenship

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2016-April19

5 April 2016 featuring a Roundtable discussion of Canvas + Badges

Full Recording: https://archive.org/details/VideoAudio5April2016HigherEdCall

Accreditrust: Eric Korb

Badgr: Nate Otto

    New Leaderboard in Badgr

Credly: Jonathan Finkelstein

IMS Global: Mark Leuba

Interested in more info regarding badges and Canvas? https://community.canvaslms.com/events/1432

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2016-April5

22 March 2016 featuring Ian O'Byrne discussing the potentials for Badges + Blockchain

Recording: https://archive.org/details/BAHigherEd22March2016

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2016-March22

For background to this call, have a look at Ian's new blog posting

The emerging blockchain + badges group has formed a community centered around what's being called Badgechain. Read more about it here

For even more reading, check out some of Ian's prior blog postings here and here

8 March 2016 featuring Ben Roome from BadgeList

Recording: https://archive.org/details/BAHigherEdCall8March2016

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2016-March8

Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dFNKNHC2YG023PHv68Zk7zacZudptp_w0vX8qLLuwCo/edit#slide=id.p3

Badge List is launching a project that invites people to join our team by following a badge pathway. Rather than going through the traditional hiring process, developers and trainers can join Badge List by completing a pathway of badges that demonstrate relevant skills, show a passion for education technology and digital credentialing, and build trust between members of the team. We are partnering with universities and online learning communities to give developers and trainers a clear path to a successful job with Badge List. Here is more information on Badge List.

February 23, 2016 featuring Kathleen Radionoff and Lesley Voigt from Madison College

Recording: https://archive.org/details/BAHigherEd22316

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2016-February23

Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/KateRadionoff/university-of-indiana-digital-badge-february-2016-webinar

February 9, 2016 featuring Emily Rimland and Victoria Raish from Pennsylvania State University

Recording: https://archive.org/details/9Feb2016BAHigherEdCall

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2016-February9

Presentation: https://www.swipe.to/0862gm

January 26, 2016 featuring Bernard Bull (Part II) from Concordia University Wisconsin

Recording: https://archive.org/details/BAHigherEd12616

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2016-January26

Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/bdean1000/progressive-credentialing

December 8, 2015 call featuring Projects Blending ePortfolios and Badges

Recording: https://archive.org/details/BAHigherEdWG8December2015

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2015-December8


    The Open SUNY Metaliteracy Badging System: Envisioning Connections with E-Portfolios   

    (NC State): Micro-Credentials as E-Portfolios

    University of Notre Dame Digital Portfolio & Badge Update

November 24, 2015 call featuring Bernard Bull of Concordia University Wisconsin

Recording: https://archive.org/details/BAHigherEdCall24Nov2015

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2015-November24

Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/bdean1000/progressive-credentialing

November 17, 2015 call featuring International Badges Day!

For links to recordings: https://sites.google.com/site/openbadgesinhighereducation/announcements

November 10, 2015 call featuring Erika Cohen-Derr, Michael Schaub, and Shane Thomas of Georgetown University

Recording: https://archive.org/details/BAHigherEdWG10Nov2015

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2015-November10

Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1zaIp686vUY4fbHqkL-h3mv0K2ccRy4Mdc_bJ_j6j8t4/edit#slide=id.p4

Georgetown's Grassroots Approach to Badging Non-Cognitive Skills

In the 2015-16 academic year, Georgetown University will pilot a digital badge to capture and assess how students learn as they act as change agents outside the classroom. The process of engaging students, faculty, staff and employer partners led to the formation of a path to capture distinctive student social and emotional skills through reflection, integrated feedback, and self-directed learning, under the “Catalyst” micro-credential rubric.  Join us to learn about our process, influential factors, and what we expect and hope to encounter through the pilot project.

October 13, 2015 call featuring Al Byers, National Science Teachers Association

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2015-October13

Slide Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/AlByersPhD/nsta-badges-obhe10132015final

Audio Recording: https://archive.org/details/13October2015BAHigherEdWG

Case study on the NSTA badging efforts

NSTA Digital Badges: Inspiring Online  Professional Community Engagement and High Impact Learning

The National Science Teachers Association uses digital badges to motivate and affirm participation in their online professional Learning Center communities and to document growth in self-directed and blended learning opportunities for individuals, institutions of higher education, and school districts across the country. See examples drawn from our 175,000 users, 80 colleges and universities, and 40,000 unique visitors per month leveraging our portal for their personalized professional learning needs.

Al Byers is the Associate Executive Director of Services at the National Science Teachers Association. Since joining NSTA in 2002, he now sets the strategic oversight and executive management for an outstanding team of 30 individuals and an annual $16M budget. Prior to joining NSTA, Dr. Byers was an Aerospace Education Specialist for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and a NASA Graduate Student Research Fellow for the NASA Langley Research Center, where he completed his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Design from Virginia Tech in 2010 with a focus on sustainable large scale learning solutions.

September 29, 2015 call featuring Nate Otto (Director of Badge Alliance)

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2015-September29

Audio Recording: https://archive.org/details/BAHigherEdWG29September2015

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Amcdam0xZ_s76UJXbDj5oTZbnm2zvmuT-MvkXIF5VVU/edit#slide=id.p

Badgr is an open-source badge issuing, management, and user achievement tracking platform published by Concenric Sky. It brings together the core features of Open Badges for issuers and earners. For issuers, Badgr has an easy-to-use control panel, offering badge definition and awarding. For badge recipients, Badgr offers integrated badge management, organization, and sharing. Every feature is available to integrate into your favorite applications through the Badgr API.

In October, Badgr is launching v1.0, featuring integration with the Canvas LMS for automatic badge issuing for achievements along online course learning pathways. Badgr will be available for instructors using Canvas.net.

Concentric Sky offers free Badgr accounts on badgr.io and also publishes Badgr on GitHub as open source software for developers to install and run themselves.

Nate Otto is Director of Open Badges at Concentric Sky. He is a software developer working with Open Badges since 2012. In addition, Nate serves as the Interim Director of the Badge Alliance, the global standards body and community hub for Open Badges. He represents the perspective of pragmatic idealist developers to the badges community.

September 15, 2015 call featuring Iain MacLaren and Blaneth McSharry, All Aboard (Ireland)

The All Aboard project aims to identify the wide range of skills and knowledge that students and staff in Irish Higher Education, will need to feel confident and creative when learning, working and exploring the digital world. All Aboard is rising to the challenge identified in the national Digital Roadmap of building ‘digital capacity,’ not just in terms of infrastructure, but also in terms of people, their skills, their levels of confidence and their ability to critique and challenge pre-conceptions. All Aboard is piloting and implementing the use of Digital Badges as a means of recognizing achievement and motivating learners and organisations.

Case study featuring All Aboard

Etherpad: http://etherpad.badgealliance.org/HigherEducationWG2015-September15

Audio Recording: https://archive.org/details/BAHigherEdWG15Sept2015

September 1, 2015 call featuring Jelena Jovanovic and Vladan Devedzic

University of Belgrade

Jelena Jovanovic, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Department of Software Engineering

Vladan Devedzic, Professor of Software Engineering, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, School of Business Administration 


Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vMr2jCHJeChgFNLdkMwdMxqOiwv46iN0_OqG-VECsC4/edit#slide=id.p

Audio Recording: https://archive.org/details/BAHigherEdWG1Sept2015

This talk introduces GRASS (Grading Soft Skills) - an EU-funded project that focuses on how Open Badges can be used to support, motivate, grade and recognize development of one's soft skills over time in formal educational settings. Open Badges are used in GRASS to recognize students' achievements in developing and demonstrating different soft skills (e.g., critical thinking, collaboration, skilled communication) at different levels. The project has developed a novel pedagogical approach to support continuous development and assessment of students' soft skills, and eight partner institutions have incorporated this approach in their daily practices, at multiple levels of education. Following a rigorous, systematic approach to grading soft skills, the project has developed a rich, structured set of soft skills metrics to collect from learners' activities as dynamic indicators of the learners' ability to apply, develop and improve their soft skills. The GRASS pedagogical approach and the sets of metrics drive the Open Badges systems implemented in the partner institutions. The talk explains how this has been done, presents the evaluation conducted so far in one of the partner institutions, and shares the experiences and lessons learned.

August 18, 2015 call featuring Michael Macklin

Director of New Product Development (division of continuing education)

Colorado State University (CSU) Online, Fort Collins, CO


Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/secret/xBjQY3Ipdsc06l

Audio Recording: https://archive.org/details/BadgeAllianceHigherEdWG81815

This presentation describes the use of digital badges in non-credit, just-in-time, short courses that target horticulture skills for the home gardener or green industry professional. Learners are able to sign up for individual badges, bundles of badges, or the full program. The badge management suite, CSULogic, was developed through an innovative public/private partnership with RelevanceLogic, Inc. This software allows for automation of badge delivery, integration with existing systems, and is agnostic to learning management systems and student information systems, allowing for deployment across sectors and industries outside of higher education. Approximately one-third of learners are awarded badges by assessment performance.

August 4, 2015 call featuring G. Alex Ambrose

Professor of Practice at the Kaneb Center for Teaching & Learning

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana


Slides: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8AIPHhRUVuYQkM0QWtFYzYtZU0/view

Audio Recording: https://archive.org/details/BAHigherEdCall4August2015

G. Alex Ambrose will discuss why digital badges need ePortfolios and why ePortfolios need digital badges. “ePortfolios with Evidenced-Based Badges” (E2B2) at Notre Dame, which won a 2015 Campus Technology Innovator Award, is this first true integration of ePortfolios (Digication) and digital badges (Credly) offers evidence of competencies gained from co-curricular learning experiences on a collegiate campus. To date, 9 different badges have been created and issued to over 100 students. Using a few use cases, Alex with share his research on digital badge design, perceptions, and impact. 

July 21, 2015 call featuring Chris Gamrat


Slides: https://view-api.box.com/1/sessions/aaa529ddc38946c585fd5f9ef02f1c50/view

Audio Recording: https://archive.org/details/BAHigherEdWG21July2015

Chris Gamrat (Penn State University) discussed his research on digital badges used for teacher professional development. This discussion focused on the experiences of K-12 science teachers that used NASA’s Teacher Learning Journeys digital badge system across two years. This research used a ubiquitous learning framework to help to inform independent learning, badge design, and technology-enhanced workplace learning.

July 7, 2015 call featuring Ilona Buchem

Professor for Digital Media & Diversity

Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Buchem can be reached via email: buchem@beuth-hochschule.de


"Cultural localisation of open badges - insights from the German community”

Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/ibuchem/cultural-localisation-of-open-badges

Audio recording: https://archive.org/details/BAHigherEdWG7July2015

Cultural localisation is the process of adapting the linguistic and cultural content of a design for a specific local culture. The aim of this talk is to explore cultural localisation of open badges from two perspectives. The first perspective is the cultural localisation of skills with the help of open badges. The second perspective is the cultural localisation of open badges as a system itself. My talk will include insights from a German qualification project for migrant academics, in which badges have been applied to enhance employability, as well as insights from the process of building an open badges community in German-speaking countries. My intention is to develop a framework for cultural localisation of open badges and I would like to discuss some considerations for such a framework.

I hope that many international participants are able to join this call!