Open Badges

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What are badges?

As part of OER15 we are again experimenting with digital badges. Badges are an alternative form of credentialing popular in informal learning contexts, while some academic institutions have begun to use badges within courses/programs as well.  Demonstration of specified learning outcomes are represented visually by a “badge:” a digital image displayed on a website. The use of badges is one manifestation of “gamification” in learning contexts. Some individuals are motivated to earn badges, and the accumulation of badges does make evident to other learners and to facilitators how engaged an individual is with the learning context. While individuals or organizations may create and distribute their own digital images for their learners, proprietary and open source badging platforms have begun to emerge as well. The Mozilla Foundation has established http://openbadges.org as an open source badging platform. Other badging platforms include Purdue University’s Open Passport and the freemium service Credly. For OER15 we are using the BadgeOS™ plugin for WordPress, developed in partnership with Credly, and the Open Badges Issuer Add-on developed by the Association for Learning Technology.

Text adapted from BlendKit Course: Badges shared by University of Central Florida (UCF) under CC-BY-NC-SA

How can I earn the OER15 badges?

To earn badges you first need to be register an account with this site and be logged in. Click on each of the badges below to find out more about how they are achieved. The badges available this year are:

OER15 Attendee

This badge is offered to everyone who has completed the registration and attends the OER15 (one day or the full conference)

OER15 Presenter

To earn this badge you will need to have submitted an abstract that is accepted for the conference programme and delivered the session at the OER15 Conference.

OER15 Poster

To earn this badge you will need to have submitted a poster idea that has been accepted for display and ensure that the poster is made available (by post or in person) to the OER15 Committee for display during the OER15 Conference.

OER15 Organiser

To earn this badge you must be an active member of the volunteer committee responsible for organising the OER conference. You will have attended a minimum of 4 team meetings and contributed to activities which support the delivery of the OER15 conference.

How can I add my badges to the Mozilla Backpack?

When you are logged in you will see a My Profile menu item with a ‘Badges’ sub item. Clicking on this will let you send your earned badges to your Mozilla Backpack. If you have not registered on this site with the same email address that is used for your Backpack you will need to provide an Alternative Email in your Profile > Edit, Additional settings


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