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#6695847 Sep 10, 2012 at 01:53 PM · Edited over 4 years ago
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Connected Educators Month (CEM) a project sponsored by the US Department of Education held a number of wrap-up events. One of these was a panel entitled Connected Education & Badges for Educators.

There was a problem with the recording but there is a Connected Education and Badges: Chat Transcript

There are also slides on their idea of a badge for Connected Educator communities.

It lists some potential criteria for a community - but what would a connected educator look like?

What would a badge for being a connected educator look like if it was given out in a course like this MOOC which is synchronous and asynchronous?

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#6697910 Sep 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM
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Hi all!

For what it's worth, I cleaned up the chat and highlighted the various links for everyone's convenience. Basically all I did was remove all the chat comments not directly related to the chat, made the links (hopefully) clickable, and packaged it as a PDF so it's easily downloadable. It's available here:

http://center4edupunx.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Connected-Education-and-Badges.pdf

To give everyone a few more things to chew on and respond to...how about a few possible scenarios?

Badges seem to be about granularity instead of focusing on a "one top down, higher level credential" (Erin Knight, Chat transcript). Should a badge for a Connected Educator in a MOOC (or other course) be different for synchronous versus asynchronous? Do we perceive any difference in the effort-level?

Should there be more granularity in a Connected Educator badge? Are we falling into a trap of assigning one single higher level credential (the badge itself), instead of recognizing some of the smaller skills and accomplishments that would go into demonstrating connectedness in education? (Possible examples: Best Curator Badge, Social Media Master, etc...)

In attaining a badge like the Connected Educator badge, what kind of accomplishments and skills do you think it would be hardest to attain or recognize?

If all of this is overwhelming, try going back to just building that idea of a connected educator. What would this educator do over the course of a day? A week? A year? What goals might they set for themselves?

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#6705521 Sep 12, 2012 at 02:12 PM
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Ha Leedale, I will get back to you on this, a lot to absorb. Thanks for cleaning it up for us. Please define "granularity" for me, don't know the focal usage. Will check that PDF later.
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#6705718 Sep 12, 2012 at 02:56 PM
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Cherry - I think when it comes to badges no one knows the focal vocabulary. Badges for education are nascent. Or are they? But I do know for certain, there is no one authority.

That being said, the Connected Educator Project are looking to define what a connected educator is and I do think we need to have a voice there.

As LeeDale suggested, are their minor badges that are then built into a metabadge.

Or perhaps, they are achievements that when taken together lead to a badge.

I like where LeeDale was going to be a connected educator or a connected educator in a MOOC ( so a defined time and defined activities) what would one need to do?

And I do really like the idea of the community of practice or for us maybe it's a "MOOC affinity" group defining it.
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#6709434 Sep 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM
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I like what LeeDale is discussing too, I think there should be, in something as large as this MOOC where the diversity of the participants and the number of activities one can engage in, there should be lower badges for say, XX number of posts in the forums, xxx slideshow images, xx twitter event participation's, xx number of journals, xx number of using the information in a classroom, and, then if you have done all of that you would get the "Connected Educator Badge." Perhaps the lower ones could be visually displayed in the mooc, and then the CEB could be also with additional posting of it in the Mozilla platform. Would that be a working possibility?

I definitely think that there should be a badge that could be awarded by this mooc, directly into the Mozilla platform for presenting material on gamification at a conference or workshop that would fall under a CEB.

If a mooc is going on for a long time, like this one is, then there is ample opportunity to learn and present to others.
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#6710860 Sep 13, 2012 at 03:28 PM
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Great points - one that lesser badges could reside here in the MOOC while an overall badge could go into Mozilla Open Badge Initiative.

So it would give recognition for work, but not trivialize the one in the Mozilla Open Badge Initiative.
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#6716564 Sep 14, 2012 at 06:39 PM
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So here's a rough draft - please feel free to comment.

Badge Name:

Networked Educator ( Could also go with Connected Educator)

Badge Purpose:

What does having been awarded this badge (or badges within this collection) signify? (What knowledge, skills, dispositions, or experiences does the badge indicate the bearer has achieved?)

The Networked Educator is based on documented demonstration of social network knowledge construction. The badge bearer will have demonstrated the ability to identify new information networks, analyze and aggregate information, curate the knowledge being produced by the community both synchronously and asynchronously. It requires the demonstrated knowledge construction through collaboration and networking within the online open course and with the online community of educators as a whole. What must be demonstrated is the collaborative creating, curation, and utilization of knowledge as a function of participating in the online open course.

Badge Requirements:
What do I have to do to earn this badge (or
badges within this collection)?

The Network Educator will have successfully completed and submitted a collection of work through the course questline that demonstrates contribution, creation and curation of new knowledge within the context of the identified online open course. The skills needed to be demonstrated are the ability to used distributed cognition, pool and analyze networked knowledge, collaborate with online groups and transmedia navigation.
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#6719728 Sep 15, 2012 at 02:55 PM
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@grasshopper: Granularity is just a word that I was using to mean that badges seem to focus on a smaller, more discrete accomplishment or skill than, say, a degree. It's still measurable, but smaller.

I like the idea that Kae proposed, as well as the criteria that she has there. I would add that any educator that is connected and networked should be able to demonstrate networking on various levels to reach/teach others in the network who are just starting out (newbies), as well as those who are much more knowledgeable and experienced (higher level toons).

I had to look up "transmedia navigation" (http://www.newmedialiteracies.org/the-literacies.php) again and I agree with Kae's putting it into the badge description. A fully connected instructor needs to be able to use whatever multimedia tools are at their disposal!

Do you think the badge will need to have more specific examples of what makes a connected educator? Quantities of resources / media generated? General acknowledgement from peers? Do you think it should be limited to a specific year (although AK might define that as an award instead of a badge...?)?

What do you think?
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#6728249 Sep 17, 2012 at 01:22 PM
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Glad someone else has to look something up ;) I think that a more narrow description might be good for a start, it is easier to widen a description than narrow it, So I am going with narrow definition to start, in words, but not necessarily in deeds. I agree that you need to be able to use more than one type of "educational tool" in gaming to have that connected educator. Just having a blog can't be it. I think we might describe categories (number them) and a connected education would need x out of x for the badge.

I also agree for badges within the MOOC and the big one would be the Mozilla one, so it has importance outside of the MOOC, if we gave a slew of them in Mozilla, it dilutes the importance as viewed from the outsie.
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#6728250 Sep 17, 2012 at 01:22 PM
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Glad someone else has to look something up ;) I think that a more narrow description might be good for a start, it is easier to widen a description than narrow it, So I am going with narrow definition to start, in words, but not necessarily in deeds. I agree that you need to be able to use more than one type of "educational tool" in gaming to have that connected educator. Just having a blog can't be it. I think we might describe categories (number them) and a connected education would need x out of x for the badge.

I also agree for badges within the MOOC and the big one would be the Mozilla one, so it has importance outside of the MOOC, if we gave a slew of them in Mozilla, it dilutes the importance as viewed from the outsie.
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