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    posted message: Hi everyone, Many thanks for taking part in this 'semester of learning' about Open Badges and assessment, which ended yesterday (30th September) If you'd like to continue to the discussion please follow the #openbadges and #dmlbadges hashtags on Twitter, and join the new HASTAC Badges for Lifelong Learning group: http://hastac.org/groups/badges-lifelong-learning Thanks again! Doug Belshaw http://dougbelshaw.com
    posted message: Exciting things happening on September 15th! "The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with Mozilla and HASTAC, invite you to an event on September 15th at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC and online at hastac.org/DML-competition-launch to explore the potential of Badges for Lifelong Learning. ... The event will feature the announcement of the 4th Digital Media and Learning competition which will provide up to $2 million in grants for innovations in the use of Badges for Learning." http://hastac.org/DML-competition-launch-announcement
    posted message: Ah - have found right place to post this (bit slow today!) I started out to write a case study of how we could use the Badges. But then I got carried away thinking about some of the issues. promise I will write write the case study. But I think much of the discussion so far has been focused on summative assessment and the massive potential is to use badges as a tool for formative assessment and learning feedback - which linked to a Personal Learning Environment - and based on communities of practice - could be a powerful move to extend Open Education - see full comments art http://www.pontydysgu.org/2011/08/open-badges-assessment-and-and-open-education/
    posted message: At our school we use a Learning Diary, an e-portfolio tool that we have developed. LD makes it is easy to share and comment work, peer and teacher assessment are possible and makes it possible to award badges, which will serve as an incentive to learn. In the Finnish system 9th graders apply to high schools or other secondary institutions. A well functioning badge system would make the individual learning paths, core competencies and extracurricular learning more visible and build capital for the student, including those whose academic performance might be lacking. I can imagine an improved, more fair entry system to secondary schooling that takes into account badges awarded for ex by sports clubs, scouts, the Red Cross, parishes, etc
    posted message: Just catching up on some of the communications I missed whilst away last week. In thinking about Doug's comment (4083), I thought I first needed to consider what I'd been thinking about which might benefit from considering badges. So here's my starting point: http://bit.ly/q2li64
    posted message: I have written a blog post demonstrating a possible use of a Badge System for young learners http://www.ictsteps.com/?p=994 It's hypothetical but I can see no reason why such a system cannot be used within a school, which is why I am going to introduce it as part of teaching and learning in the Information Communications Technology area in my school. The children can work towards gaining a badge in various areas of their learning and also be awarded badges by their peers in recognition of additional skills.
    posted message: Having read the initial paper and the link that Doug posted my first thoughts are what a great idea. Firstly as these recognise skills and achievements from outside the traditional learning environment they will add value and relevance to a CV or portfolio. My background is teaching adults with disabilities and it shouts out personalised accreditation. Many such learners have a 'spiky profile' so a badge system will facilitate breaking down the skills into packages they are able to achieve. I realise it is early and probably no one else on this will have the same interest but I thought I'd declare it early. I've looked at the list of questions and there are a couple on soft skills which look interesting and relevant.
    posted message: What are 'open badges' all about? Matt Thompson explains: http://openmatt.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/badges-in-the-real-world/