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Garin Fons of COERLL discusses recent experiences designing, implementing, and assessing digital badging initiatives within a professional community of foreign language educators. Presentation entitled: Show What You Know: Open Digital Badges for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning

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  • 1.Show What You Know: Open Digital Badges for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning SLOAN-C! Emerging Technologies for Online Learning! April 11, 2014 Dallas, TX COERLL - UT Austin Garin Fons

2. Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning 3. - Newest of the 15 National Foreign Language Resource Centers (2010 - 2014)! ! - Grant from the US Department of Education! ! - Located at the University of Texas at Austin! ! - Focused on Open Educational Resources (OER) for Language Learning COERLL 4. LRC Mission: to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages by producing resources (materials and best practices) that can be protably employed in K-12 and higher education settings. COERLLs Mission: to produce and disseminate Open Educational Resources (OERs) (e.g., online language courses, reference grammars, assessment tools, corpora, etc. COERLLs mission 5. 1. Introduction to Digital Badges & the Badge Ecosystem (5 min) 2. Designing a Badge Concept (10 min) ACTFL Convention Networker Badge Initiative 3. Tools for Building & Awarding Open Digital Badges (5 min) 4. Principles of Badge System Design (10 min) Applying Badge Design Principles 5. Discussion / Q & A (15 min) todays focus Members of COERLL discuss recent experiences designing, implementing, and assessing digital badging initiatives within a professional community of foreign language educators. 6. What are badges? badge [baj]: a special or distinctive mark, token, or device worn as a sign of allegiance, membership, authority, achievement, etc. (Source: A badge is a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest. 7. A digital badge is an online record of achievements, tracking the recipients communities of interaction that issued the badge and the work completed to get it. What are digital badges? 8. The basic types of badges. performance based - awarded for meeting some criterion example: successfully demonstrate competency in preterite versus imperfect verb tenses. effort based - awarded for engaging in some activity. example: participated in an extra-credit online peer-to-peer language exchange. 9. Competency-based education, not just alternative credentialing. ! Professional development and badge system creation. COERLLs interest Its really about competency-based learning and badges are a nice way to get there. - Richard Culatta, Director of the Ofce of Educational Technology in the U.S. Department of Education What do we mean by competency based learning? Rather than a course or a module, every individual skill/learning outcome, known as a competency, is one single unit. Learners work on one competency at a time, which is likely a small component of a larger learning goal. The student is evaluated on the individual competency, and only once they have mastered it do they move on to others. After that, higher or more complex competencies are learned to a degree of mastery and isolated from other topics. (Wikipedia) 10. what can badges do? make learning visible prepare students for a changing world showcase a learners identity demonstrate a mastery of a skill create learning pathways motivate participation motivate collaboration recognize accomplishment award for passing assessments act as an alternative credential Badges are designed to make visible and validate learning in both formal and informal settings, and hold the potential to help transform where and how learning is valued. Badges are thought of as rewards but have been found to be most effective when they also contribute to goal setting, reputation, status affirmation, instruction and group identification. Badges also promote lifelong learning that extends beyond the classroom and brings to light accomplishments that otherwise might have been hidden. (wikipedia) 11. open badges ! Mozillas open technical standard lets you combine badges from different issuers to tell the story of your achievements. ! Badges verify your skills and achievements by attaching information and evidence metadata to the badge image le. ! You choose where to display your badges on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning. 12. Original Illustration: Chris Appleton (Mozilla Foundation). Modified by COERLL. the open badge ecosystem 13. Create a badge concept 14. creating and awarding a digital badge create the badge image (.png format) add the metadata (criteria, evidence, etc.) issue the badge to the learner, using the email address associated with their badge backpack 15. ACTFL = American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Professional organization for foreign language educators Annual Convention and World Languages Expo Approximately 6000 attendees 2013 theme: New Spaces, New Realities: Learning Anytime, Anyplace Case Study: COERLLs Digital Badge Initiative with ACTFL at ACTFL 2013 16. Why ACTFL Badges? ACTFL sees digital badges as an innovative way to foster collaboration and recognize the diverse skills and accomplishments of language educators. It is ACTFLs hope that digital badges will become a universally accepted means of professional credentialing. Digital badges have the potential to help transform how learning is assessed. 17. 2013 Convention Networker Badge Initiative Goals:! 1. To encourage active and engaging participation during the ACTFL conference that will lead to new social networks and a more participatory professional culture. 2. To raise awareness about open, digital badges for professional development, a new credentialing system that we believe holds great promise for foreign language educators in the 21st century. 18. Earning the badge Sign up and create your prole on the 2013 Convention Network ! Connect and engage with others online. ! Wear a badge button at ACTFL 2013. ! Claim your digital badge. 19. Create your prole on the 2013 Convention Network. 20. Connect and engage with others online. 21. Wear a badge button at convention 22. Claim your digital badge! 23. Results Convention Networker Badge: Results 613 participants (10% of ACTFL 2013 attendees) 24. open badge design tools & issuing platforms Hosted systems! Credly Makewaves Badge Maker (beta) BadgeKit (private beta) LMS and CMS Plug-ins! Moodle Canvas Blackboard Learn Wordpress Tools for Building & Awarding Open Digital Badges 25. Note that Edmodo badges are not open. 26. designing a badge image Live demo of website. 27. badge system design How do we design badge systems to effectively recognize learning assess learning motivate learning Badges Design Principles Documentation Project 28. principles for recognizing learning with badges Use badges to map learning trajectories Align badges to standards Have experts and credible sources issue badges Find external backing Recognize diverse learning styles Communicate knowledge or a story with badges Make a badge permanent Use badges to recognize educator learning Offer formal credit with the badge At their core, digital badges recognize some kind of learning. recognizing could also be termed Credentialing ! learning trajectories: teacher determined or student set. alignment to standards: ACTFL, TELL, Common Core, other: this is presumed to improve transparency of the credential and help to facilitate better communication of earner knowledge and skills. experts issuing: increases the credibility of the badge and likely increases the usefulness of the badge outside of the issuing community. external backing: name recognition is a driving force in getting schools and employers to recognize a badge. diverse learning: hard and soft skills recognized - as well as knowledge and skills that would normally not be recognized. formal credit: possible to replace grades with badges. 29. badging initiatives: recognizing learning RoadTrip Nation: ! Design for America ! ! Story Corps U: ! ! mapped learning trajectories: guide learners to objectives align to standards: both formal and informal expert badges: accredited entity and community mapped learning trajectories: guide learners to objectives align to standards: both formal and informal Road Trip Nation: Roadtrip Nation empowers you to define your own road in life instead of traveling down someone elses. We encourage you to engage in self-construction, rather than mass production. We encourage you to be proactive and actively participate in defining your future by hitting the road and learning from Leaders who have resisted The Noise of conformity and stayed true to themselves. !Design for America: Design for America (DFA) is an award-winning nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams and community members using design to create local and social impact. We teach human centered design to young adults and collaborating community partners through extra-curricular, university based, student led design studios tackling national challenges in Education, Health, Economy and Environment. !Story Corps U: With StoryCorpsU (SCU), we introduce an interactive, year-long youth development program for high-need schools that uses StoryCorps radio broadcasts and animated shorts to support the development of identity and social intelligence in students. SCU is also an especially powerful tool for strengthening school relationships, a key factor in academic achievement. !All students complete their work products in Voice Thread, a third party interactive media platform. The de