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Invitation for Critique and Collaboration (if interested)

by badbuddha0 on Oct 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM}
This may not be the place, but this is the time that I have.

I am delivering a GB class this year. I am only part of the way through developing its first iteration and you can see it HERE. It's called "The Game of Life" and you can get into it by logging in as a guest and entering "bsec" into the field where a key is requested. I am basing the structure on Lee Sheldon's talk that was featured in week 3 of MOOC I (see the talk HERE)

I have lots of work to do yet, as I say, but I am at the point where I need some feedback from some like-minded educators and I know there are lots of those here.

Here, specifically, is what I would like input about:

There must be something better than Moodle for this kind of course. Since they are mostly youth at risk, my students do not have regular or reliable access to computing (mobile or otherwise) when they are not in the building. As a result, they tend not to be able to access it when most of the work would need to get done.

How do I incorporate a leader board and badges into this course (assuming that I leave it on moodle for the time being?) I have found nothing fitting that description in the plugin search.

What am I missing? What would you like to see if you were doing this course?

Looking forward to hearing from you.


badbuddha0 I wish I had an answer for you, and having worked with prisoners and halfway house residents, as well as community college students, that access to computer or internet on a regular basis is starting to be critical to learning and connectivity. I do suggest my students get public library cards. You generally can get permission for two hours of computer time WITHOUT having the ability to check out a book so it is FREE. If no one is using computer, then they will give you more time or you can get back in line. As long as it is online play, looks like it is, they could do it. Does this help?

As to how to incorporate leader board and badges, we are struggling with doing badges in this MOOC, how to do them, what they look like, how do you earn them, how to make them internet listed. If you can manually, like Excel then perhaps you could pdf it with the little icons next to their name and load to the internet where they could see it?

Sounds like it is just hunt for the workarounds. I struggle with that badge thing within our class shell which is D2L. I still don't have a solution.
I was at TEDxEdmonton ED today here in Alberta and one of the speakers happened to be Carla Casilli, the project manager for the Open Badges Project at Mozilla. I got the skinny on the project and it is WAY easier than I thought. This goes beyond gamification, but it would certainly be a great tool to add. I know Kae mentioned it already and that you are familiar with it, but this is going to be a phenomenal way to create a micro-level of standard credentials.
I think the Mooc-ers here are looking at Mozilla, it is the integration process that is complicated, we don't want to make a mistake on this. Leedale is our leader on this.
We will be discussing badges even more week 3, 4 and 5.
We now that this MOOC it's the initial roll-out but we are planning on at least 3 more through G.A.M.E.

We even seem to have our own badge squad made up of LeeDale, Blue, Abacus, Jerry, Grid and I.

LeeDale designed the Games Based Learning Badge. Blue (Vasili Giannoutous) designed the Brave Beginner and the Networked Educator.

Hi badbuddha0,

There's been a lot of talk about integrating badges into Moodle, actually. One of the major benefits of open source, as I'm sure you know, is that community members can add onto it.

This thread, leads to several other threads talking about grants being awarded to develop a badging system in Moodle. No mention of leaderboards that I saw, but it's a start.

Really interesting discussion!
So did a little more poking around Moodle for badges.

So looks like they teamed up but like LeeDale, the trail seemed to stop.

But I did find this if it would be of any help.
Badge widget hack

Perhaps you would issue the badges elsewhere and then use the widget to get them up on Moodle.

We're using a wordpress plugin to do ours.

If anyone else has ideas - please share!

That's really cool, everyone! Thanks for the resources! Will dig into them when I'm back from the mountains.

Hrm, I don't really have anything to add that the rest of our crack team of education commandos hasn't already gotten to. What I would like to say, however, is that I am very grateful to you for putting something together for youth at risk. My brother was there once and I was very nearly there myself. Thank you very much.
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