Monday, May 13, 2013
by Daniel Hickey
I introduce eleven issues that I am going to have to address with my university in order to teach a free open online course on educational assessment. I then explore the first issue, Intellectual Property, and how that issue intersects with instructional innovation in open courses.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
by Katerina SchenkeThis post describes a meeting at the National Science Foundation where sixty leaders in education and research from around the country gathered to discuss digital badges and education. Three of use presented the initial set of design principles from the Design Principles Documentation Project.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
by Dan Hickey
This post describe the Big Open Online Course on assessment that was recently funded by Google.
Monday, March 11, 2013
By Cathy Tran
This post introduces two of the newest members of the badges Design Principles Documentation Project and describes our efforts to examine the motivational practices and principles that we are uncovering across the 30 project funded to develop digital badges by the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning initiative
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Sheryl Grant from HASTAC recently posted a detailed summary of resources about uses of digital badges in higher education. It was a very timely post for me as I had been asked to draft just such a brief by an administrator at Indiana University where I work. Sheryl is the director of social networking for the MacArthur/Gates Badges for Lifelong Learning initiative. Her job leaves her uniquely knowledgeable about the explosive growth of digital badges in many settings, including colleges and universities. In this post, I want to explore one of the issues that Sheryl raised about the ways badges are being introduced in higher education, particularly as it relates to Indiana’s Universities.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
by Daniel Hickey
This post suggests some initial questions about learning that you might want to ask if you are considering using digital badges. A version of this post is being prepared for the November 2012 edition of EvoLLLution magazine. That article will consider how digital badges can be used to both enhance learning and recognize learning in ways that might help colleges and universities attract larger numbers of adult learners back to school. This post poses these same questions in a more general context.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
By Dan Hickey
I recently incorporated digital badges into the online aspects of my doctoral course on educational assessment (“Capturing Learning in Context”). There are two aspects of this effort that readers might find useful. The first aspect concerns the way students award simple “stamps” to highlight significant contributions or insights from classmates. I use those stamps to award three “one-star” badges each week; I will use the one-star badges to determine how to award three two-star badges at the end of the semester. I will elaborate on this in a later post. I also removed the section on using the Mozilla Open Badge backpack to another post as well. This post is already going to be pretty long!
In this post I want to describe how I used ForAllBadges (from ForAllSystems, a small Chicago firm) to issue digital badges within a typical online course management system (CMS). Anyone who wants to issue badges that comply with Mozilla’s Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) can easily sign up for a free account at http://www.forallbadges.com/. The account can be used as a stand-alone site, or it can be accessed from within any CMS that lets you access outside websites. I am using OnCourse, the Sakai-based open-source CMS that Indiana University helped develop.