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#6695850 Sep 10, 2012 at 01:54 PM · Edited 8 years ago
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We will be doing a second iteration of the Games MOOC starting on October 8, 2012.
We would like to develop a badge that could recognize demonstrated mastery and list it through the Mozilla Open Badge Initiative.

Here's some more resources on badges.

Here's how another MOOC is doing badges.

So please help us brainstorm on how to assess the learning.
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#6699670 Sep 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM
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I will do more on this after I look at the links closer, I don't think badges work unless everyone can see yours. I have checklists in D2L for every activity a student needs to do, and they can check it off themselves, I don't see it, it is simply for them to keep track. It would be nice if when they checked a box a tiny badge showed up in their name in the class list, but alas, that will never happen.
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#6699698 Sep 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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As to our badges, I do see "artisan" showing up on my logo/profile, would be nice to have a box below our logo/profile, showing muted grid of all badges that could be earned, and then they "lit up" when you achieved, example, how many posts, say beginner "posts 10 messages" "posts 50 messages" "posts 100 messages" "Master Poster, posts over 200 messages."

eBay does "Power Seller" and "Top Rated Seller" and I busted my a** to get them because when you list your sale items, the search engines will present your items ahead of those who don't have those designations. . . At their convention (May, 2012-Denver) they stressed for us all the little perks we get when we achieve that.

They even "badged us" visually by asking everyone to stand up, and then keep standing as they called off years of being on eBay, there were not a lot of us standing after they got to 10, then they individually asked us to state our name, our ebay id, and how many years, and they then said something to the effect that you should search us out (yes, I was at 12 years) during the conference if you wanted to know strategy because we had experience.
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#6704939 Sep 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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I like the idea of a completion badge for this MOOC, but I am not sure what sort of form it would take. For example, what does "completion" mean? Does it mean you've fone 80%, 90%, 100% of the readings or viewings? Does it mean you've attended all synchronous hangouts? Does it mean you took a test? :)

I like the badges in Shivtr because
(1) There are a variety of categories that you can have a badge in
(2) you can be "dethroned" in a sense by the end of the MOOC, so it's one way to keep people undertaking activities that benefit all, and get them to retain the badge.

If you do Mozilla badges (which would be cool), if you do multiple badges, I would say create some categories where:
  1. everyone get the badge (example: signed up for MOOC and was active for 1 week)
  2. some people (non-limited) get the badge (concurrently): an example of this might be something like you signed up and were active for 60% of the course, based on journal or discussion board participation
  3. a limited amount of people get a badge (i.e. you have an "award" for each week, so each week can only have 1 artisan, 1 bard, 1 herald, so theoretically you can only have up to 6 of those
  4. limited edition badges that only 1 person gets, such as the curator (this seems like a badge where someone ought to curate for multiple weeks in order to get, and there could be only one.

This can differentiate between the levels of participation, and isn't a one-type-fits-all setup :)
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#6705497 Sep 12, 2012 at 02:09 PM
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I am a little confused on the Mozilla badges. Is there a place where it will permanently (as permanent as the internet can be) where all you badges you have earned from everywhere are stored and can other people see it?

I would think that others seeing it is important. I gain achievements in games but only I see my "badges" I am not sure how self-motivating it is to see only your own. Regardless of the current position of education to give all participants a ribbon, real life isn't like that and we like to see how we rank in relationship to others.
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#6705810 Sep 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM · Edited 8 years ago
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Here's what the Mozilla Foundation is doing, they are creating a "backpack" program. http://openbadges.org/en-US/

Mozilla has developed an open system where you as a student or professional can store all the badges you have earned. So if you were applying for a position as an instructional designer and one of the preferred qualifications was knowledge of game based learning instead of just putting a line on resume instead you could state that you have the Games MOOC badge and any employer could then go into the Mozilla Open Badge Initiative and look up what that entailed.

As far as completion - I'm wondering if it is more like mastery. So perhaps, specific assignments that went up on a blog almost like a portfolio. Since we are connectivist and basing it off of social network knowledge construction maybe using something from that matrix.

There's a line in this song, "audience of 1 seems a bit absurd" I'd like to see if we could figure out how get the knowledge that is demonstrated through the badge out to a larger audience too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxHb5QVD7fo

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#6707893 Sep 13, 2012 at 12:42 AM · Edited 8 years ago
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Thanks that explains a lot and I think it will be something that could enhance a resume, frankly I have thrown out a lifetime of "completion" awards (those 81/2x 11 sheets of stock awards with some wording thrown in) all I have kept is my diplomas from college, not even sure I have my PBK one any more. I can see that going forward those badges would have meaning to future employers, but one saying I was licensed to use, store and transport class A explosives in Colorado, [it was a job on a road construction project] which I was, might do more to scare off an employer in this day and age than get me a job, is there a way to self-delete a badge? I know nothing is truly gone on the internet, but being able to self-delete would be good. However, I expect then you would have people padding their "resume of badges" by creating badges and awarding them to themselves or their friends. You have to remember I use to write policies and procedures for prisoners, so always think of any possible loophole or hidden advantage someone could come up with. . . ;)
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#6710875 Sep 13, 2012 at 03:31 PM · Edited 8 years ago
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From what I read about the Open Badge Initiative, you have to accept the badge into your backpack. So you could decide you didn't want that badge.

I could also see these badges being able to be used for CTE credentialing.
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#6716589 Sep 14, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Guild Officer
343 Posts
Here's a rough draft - please let us know your thoughts.

Badge Name: Game Based Learning

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 Game Based Learning Badge shows demonstrated knowledge of game mechanics, gamification, assessment in games and knowledge of game based learning research. This will include the learning that happens inside and outside of games to include the larger gaming community.

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

Complete the Games Based Learning collaborative questline that demonstrates mastery of the key principles of game based learning. This will include curation of that knowledge and the sharing of the knowledge to the larger community of educators.

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