Sunday, February 2, 2014
Nate Otto, the project coordinator for the Open Badges Design Principles Documentation Project posted a nicely detailed post about credit hours at Ottonomy.net. It covers some important ground for RMA readers. He quotes a 2012 report by Amy Laitinen that points out that while universities continue to be organized around credit hours, they routine refuse to refuse transfer credits from other institutions. This is a complex issue and there are certainly related issues of keeping tuition flowing for large undergrad courses. But is a great point. Check it out!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
by Dan Hickey and Tara Kelley
This extended post details how open digital badges were incorporated into the Education Assessment Big Open Online Course. In summary there were four types of badges:
- Assessment Expertise badges for completing peer-endorsed wikifolios and an exam in each of the sections of the course (Practices, Principles, and Policies)
- Assessment Expert badge for earning the three expertise badges and succeeding on the final exam
- Leader versions of the Expertise and Expert badges for getting the most peer-promotions in the networking group
- A Customized Assessment Expert badge for completing a term paper by assembling all of the insights gained across the 11 wikifolios assignments into a coherent professional paper. This badge allows earners to indicate the state, domain, or context in which they have will have developed local expertise about assessment.
Along the way, this post explores (a) how open badges are different than grades and other static (i.e., non-networked, evidence-free) credentials, (b) how we incorporated evidence of learning directly into the badges, and (c) the role of badges in making claims about general, specific, and local expertise.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
by Christine Chow
In this post, I describe my experiences as a student in the Big Open Online Course on Educational Assessment at Indiana University. The twelve-week course is halfway finished, and I just earned a digital badge for completing the first section on Assessment Practices. The instructor, Dan Hickey, asked me to write a firsthand account of my experience in the course so far.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Tomorrow is the official start of the Videogames and Learning Coursera MOOC developed by Kurt Squire and Constance Steinkuehler at University of Wisconsin Madison. In this post I compare the pros and cons of Coursera's more expository "xMOOC" format with the connectivist "cMOOC" format advanced by Siemans and Downes and show how the the more modest "big" format of IU's Big Open Online Course is turning out to be a useful interim context for design-based research of hybrid formats for future massive courses that can exploit the advantages of these very different formats while minimizing the negatives.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
This post is an article by Roshni Verghese about badges that features an interview with Cliff Manning and Lucy Neale of DigitalMe . The article describes the possibilities and challenges of incorporating digital badges into Supporter to Reporter (S2R), a program designed to introduce young sports enthusiasts in the UK to sports reporting.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Google Course Builder Merges with Open edX: Implications for Our Big Open Online Course on Educational Assessment
This post considers some specific implications of the recently announced merger between Google's Course Builder platform and the Open edX platform. These implications are specific to the Big Open Online Course on Educational Assessment that we kicked off on September 9, 2013 using Course Builder and with support from Google (and the blessings and oversight of Indiana University). This post highlights the successful first week of the course and speculates about the future of several BOOC instructional innovations given this merger. This post is also intended to provide the 400+ students who registered for the Assessment BOOC with some explanation of the features they are now working with and some indication of how things are going.