Open Badges are a flexible framework for issuing a digital credential to a student that acknowledges they have learned something or developed a particular skill. I believe Open Badges represent an exciting innovation in education, because with badges:
- Evidence of what the student did to earn a credential is embodied in the digital badge so that employers or future educators can see what the student actually knows how to do.
- The criteria for evaluating the students’ work is also embodied and linked in the metadata of the badge.
- Learning is disaggregated so that instead of credentialing a course, students receive credentials at the skill level. This is important because when we give a grade to a student for the course, we still do not know what they actually learned in that course since the grade represents an aggregated score.
- Students can learn from many teachers and many environments, but they do not receive credentialing for all of this learning. Badges allow students to learn from different instruction providers
Our IPT Ed Tec badges provide acknowledgment that students have learned specific technological skills. These are related to our Technology for Teachers course, but are also available to non-BYU learners. The badges are accompanied by tutorials, rubrics, and examples of good projects.
The badges, rubrics, examples, and tutorials are available at http://badgeschool.org. Many thanks to the graduate students who have assisted in this effort!
Badges Design Framework
The framework guiding our development of badges is described in our TechTrends article.
In a nutshell, we envision the badges being hierarchical, with the first level representing technological skills, and the second and third levels representing skills at integrating the technologies into teaching, and providing evidence of doing so successfully.
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Designing Open Badges for a Technology Integration Course. Published in TechTrends.
Using open badges to certify practicing evaluators. Published in American Journal of Evaluation.
The case for rigor in open badges. Book Chapter to be published Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases
If you are interested in partnering with us to develop the IPT Ed Tec badges, both the options available, and to use the badges with your own students, please email me! We are also interested in exploring research and grantwriting partnerships in this effort.
The powerful potential of open badges and microcredentials. Invited presentation to Dallas County Community College.
Open Education 2015 @ Vancouver
AECT 2014/Utah ATD
Open Education 2013 @ Park City, Utah
Research on Technology Integration
In addition to developing the IPT Ed Tec badges, I have published several articles on technology integration issues in general.
Technology Integration in Schools, published in the Handbook of Educational Communications Technology.
Supporting induction teachers’ development using performance-based video evidence, published in the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (2009).
Five powerful ways technology can enhance teaching and learning in higher education, published in Educational Technology (2005).