Things I love about Scotland:
- Lovely people
- Edinburgh with the CRA in June was beautiful. So much culture.
- I love that they wanted to stay in the EU.
- They rock Badges.
I was looking for resources about Badges for the session I am running tomorrow with UG students from Geography. I gave the talk last year but this year I wanted to show the students what their Badge would look like and who else was issuing Badges. Last year, I could tell them about IBM, Samsung, City & Guilds and the NHS. I thought there must be more and there are. I discovered a wonderful site from the Scottish Social Services Council. Not only can you be issued a Badge through their site, but there is a webinar about Badges (and not just for Social Services practitioners) covering all aspects from what is a Badge, how they can be used, how to issue and even how to future proof your service. The webinar is a full 60 minutes but there is so much information and if you listen to the whole thing you can get a Badge. This is not a trivial, motivational use, in order to get the badge I need to say what I learnt from the webinar and how I will use it in my organisation. It made me think and listen. Awesome.
What (one thing*) I learnt from the webinar
It was refreshing to hear from an organisation with a practical, real-world use of open badges. In particular, my key takeaways are around usage and application. Robert Stewart sets out clearly how Badges (with evidence) can be used to evaluate events. I really liked the Bronze, Silver and Gold attendance badges. If you attended you get the Bronze (thats the hook to get you to see what a badge is) Silver attendance is what did you learn and plans for action, as well as sharing; Gold – having attended the conference or event, what have you done in your organisation. Then you have evidence of action as a direct consequence of your event and not via a survey but with evidence. It made my heart sing!
What I plan to do
I am going to take the idea forward of sharing. There is huge interest in the use of Badges to engage academically. In particular co-curricular activities and I will ask people that when they gain their badges to share what they have done. I really liked the use of # in the naming of the Badges. This also ties in with ePortfolios (inspired by Katie Coleman) where the evidence is part of a bigger picture of the online identity of the person.
*I have a whole bunch of ideas but I need to digest all the things I have realised as I was listening, including format of presentation, resources etc
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Thanks for the feedback Fiona. I’m glad you like what we’re doing with open badges. Rob has done excellent work building and promoting our open badge platform and we are keen to see the use of badges continue to grow. We’re also keen to hear from others using badges in real-world situations.
Learning and Development Manager (Digital Learning)
Scottish Social Services Council