Sheesh... what a bunch of academics! <big smile>
If you are going to make it through the next week you really need to put in the effort to implement an actual badge. I strongly suggest you complete TASKS 5.1 and 5.2... we are going to be entering into a discussion on how to implement digital badges and having worked through the process of issuing one or more badges will assist greatly...
Yes, crazy interesting.
While working with Mozilla we discussed this a couple of times. HASTAC is running a number research projects around badges. And one of those projects was to issue open badges to all military veterans to recognize thier skills outside of a military context. This is very interesting, could mean a lot of adoption for badges very quickly...
Anyhow. Less yak, more hack is a mantra of Mozilla... if you are struggling to hack together a badge and publish using badg.us let me know. I'm here to help...
Ok - I'm "allowed" to yak - I just wrote in my post for Activity 5.
An extremely important consideration came up which I didn't want to put in the Activity 5 post, because it is a "big question" that I wanted some feedback about and to add to our discussion.
When I presented the last two "finalists" to some of my staff, one the school counselors made a valid point. She asked, "How big is this badge thing?"
I told her about it gaining momentum in social media communities and about Mozilla Badges, Purdue U etc.
SO...she commented, If it is going to really work. and..If I am an employer looking at this badge made in 2012 for "#BEFA12" how will I know how it works in the grand scheme of things? I want quick and easy - not a digital page of badges that have no meaning to me.
She suggested creating "streams " ( like what the scouts do if I am correct in what I saw in Peter's Presentation). Each stream could have focus etc,
But the real point is...if this is as big as some of us (me) think it "could" be...then I need to think about how this first High School badge -( that with 2 will gain HS credit at ADLC) is going to fit into the big picture - the future.
My project is a pilot, and it is gathering momentum, and so my thoughts are - get going knowing that I am going to have to make changes...knowing that I need to create "streams" or "branches" as I go along...I don't think this is something to set up before I give out the first badge.
However - she makes a good point....to gain credibility we have to come across as organized. I am an innovator..and the organization often comes after the original ideas get going. I'm caught between two worlds.
What do other people think?
Interesting. I like your approach of not setting up streams before giving out the first badge, and also share what I think is a fundamental design issue - how to design a foundation with only what we know - and an unknown future.
If no one can answer your question for your context, I'll at least offer my point of view on my own work now: I doubt I'll get it quite right, but expect it'll be fixable as a pattern emerges. But I want to act now.
At worst, I expect, you can re-issue an equivalent badge within a more worked out digital hierarchy of accreditation.
Thanks John - I appreciate the reply :)
I am surrounded by lots of people with great ideas...but being a "badge creator" and owning the "badge" apparently involves risk taking.
As a result, you are the first person to give me an opinion - which I agree with - and appreciate.
Part of the badge process - and being active in the implementation process within an organization - seems focused on shying away from innovation and "watching". That's why so many of us are lurkers...and not creators.... Badge creation (right now - today) is not "normal" and so is very risky.
The psychology behind badge implementation is also something that needs to be considered...I have a lot of "feedback", (most of it good) but not a lot of followers.
If I phrase it as a "pilot" ...it seems to lessen the anxiety.
I am not sure I understand your concern, but I think
that badges will be most useful in conjunction wit-
e-portfolios that are essentially self-directed so it
would be up to their owners to set up logical
progressions etc. I can imagine using badges much
as I use my many life-experiences now in creating
curriculum vitaes...I use those most relevant to building
my "case" while the others are sort of "in storage"...
thus I have a slightly different vitae for counseling than
I do for college teaching or college administration etc...
so I guess I disagree with your faculty member.