Open Badge Implementation – Perspectives from the External Badging Community

Open Badge Implementation – Perspectives from the External Badging Community

Date & Time: Thursday, October 30, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location: Irving K Barber Learning Centre – Room 318

Description: Digital badges have become a new area in educational innovation.  A digital badge signifies a specific accomplishment, and takes the form of a graphical iconwhich is stored in a personalized space on the web. Clicking the icon reveals information related to the earning of the badge.  Typically, badge metadata identifies the recipient, issuer, date of issue, and qualification criteria.   Several organizations and academic institutions have begun using badges to micro-credential activities in courses and programs, however, the badge movement is emerging and key learnings have yet to be reported.  Kate Chandler, a graduate student from the School of Library, Archival and Information Science and Graduate Assistant to Open Badges UBC, and Erin Fields, Liaison Librarian, Flexible Learning Coordinator, and Co-Lead for the Open Badges UBC FL-TLEF project, have spent the summer interviewing museum directors, technologists, and university professors to learn from their experience implementing badging programs. This session will present both theoretical perspectives,  practical advice, and key learnings related to digital badge project

Erin Fields is a Liaison Librarian in the humanities and social sciences, the Flexible Learning Coordinator for UBC Library, and a Co-lead on the Open Badges UBC FL-TLEF project. The project is currently working to develop badging in two programs, build a badging community across campus, and to connect the project to the larger external badging community.

Kate Chandler is a graduate student at the School of Library, Archival and Information Science at UBC. She was brought into the Open Badges UBC project in May 2014, and has intensively researched the concept of Open Badges and their implementation in post secondary institutions. A passionate speaker and writer, Kate presented on Open Badges at the recent UBC Ed-Tech camp, and has written numerous blog posts for the UBC Open Badges website.

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Open to public. Recommended for UBC faculty, staff, and graduate students.