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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?

Task Discussion

  • Jacky Hood   Sept. 15, 2011, 11:18 a.m.

    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

    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

  • Doug Belshaw   Sept. 15, 2011, 3:15 a.m.

    I've added a bunch of links to the Diigo group about Open Badges here:

    (the link is also at the bottom of the left-hand sidebar)

  • Doug Belshaw   Sept. 15, 2011, 2:57 a.m.

    Apologies for not being as active here as I intended over the last couple of weeks. I'm submitting my doctoral thesis in about 10 days time... :-/

    Today (Thursday 15th September 2011) is an important day for Mozilla's Open Badges project as they're announcing, along with the MacArthur Foundation, US Dept. of Education, NASA, etc. $2 million of grants for innovation in badges. The livestream starts at 9am EDT (which is 2pm BST by my reckoning)

    Will YOU be applying?

  • Thomas Gokey   Sept. 15, 2011, 3:22 a.m.
    In Reply To:   Doug Belshaw   Sept. 15, 2011, 2:57 a.m.

    I certianly will, but I'm still not entirely clear as to what kinds of projects qualify. I wish I could make the livestream but I'm busy today. Maybe they'll have more info after the announcement.

  • Doug Belshaw   Sept. 15, 2011, 4:05 a.m.
    In Reply To:   Thomas Gokey   Sept. 15, 2011, 3:22 a.m.

    I wondered that, too. Are international bids acceptable, for example? I'm soon all will become clear!

  • Thomas Gokey   Sept. 15, 2011, 9:48 a.m.
    In Reply To:   Doug Belshaw   Sept. 15, 2011, 4:05 a.m.

    Looks like all the info is up here:


    Since I'm looking at implementing badges in my class that starts Jan 2012, it looks like the timeline will be pretty tight. I hope they still consider our project.