The session today about the MacArthur grants for badges and research was really sensational! The ideas were at least as exciting as the competition. There were at least 8 speakers plus a panel discussion.
A replay will be available eventually.
Mozilla and MacArthur emphasized that this is an international competition.
Stages of the badges competitions $10,000 to $200,000
* Call for content
* Call for badge design (sets or systems)
* Matchmaking between content and design winners - one month of collaboration off-line and then a 2-day f2f including a pitch
All must be part of the Mozilla badge infrastructure or interoperable with it: See http://www.dmlcompetition.net
Research competition $5000 to $80,000: Interest-driven learning
Not everyone loves the idea of badges: the panel moderator summarized these objections that showed up in tweets as "trivializing education" and "a badge for everything including showing up". See #dmlbadges
Week 5 - Launch of grants for Open Badges (10-16 September 2011
The MacArthur Foundation, in conjunction with Mozilla and HASTAC, are announcing $2 million for "innovations in the use of Badges for Learning" on 15th September.
How would YOU use badges in an innovative way?