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This Week: Viplav Baxi on Recognition

Conversation with Viplav Baxi - Nov 28, 2018
Viplav Baxi joins us for week 6 of E-Learning 3.0. He is currently  Director - Product and Digital Transformation at Oxford University Press in New Delhi, India. We'll talk about resources, recognition and community.

Badges

Back at the beginning of the course I said I would award badges for the completion of tasks. This week I am working on that as we look at recognition generally.


This Week's Task


Create a free account on a Badge service (several are listed in the resources for this module). Then:

  • create a badge
  • award it to yourself.
  • use a blog post on your blog as the 'evidence' for awarding yourself the badge
  • place the badge on the blog post.
To assist you in this, you can see this blog post where I did all four steps with Badgr. (I also tried to work with the API, with much less success).

Note: I had an unusually heavy load on the server today, so the harvester wasn't working properly. Your posts should appear tomorrow.

Resources

Open Badges
2018/11/27

General information page about badges. "Open Badges are verifiable, portable digital badges with embedded metadata about skills and achievements. They comply with the Open Badges Specification and are shareable across the web. Each Open Badge is associated with an image and information about the badge, its recipient, the issuer, and any supporting evidence. All this information may be packaged within a badge image file that can be displayed via online CVs and social networks." See also the IMS Open Badges specification.

Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]

OpenBadges.me
2018/11/27

Free tools to issue Mozilla Open Badges. Design and award your own open badges: credential skills, recognize learning and create bite-sized rewards to support micro-credentials in your eportfolio.

Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]

Open Badge Factory
2018/11/27

"Open Badge Factory is a versatile platform for organisations wanting to create, issue and manage Open Badges. Suitable for any organisation, big or small, Open Badge Factory is a user-friendly and cost-efficient service to start issuing Open Badges and building sustainable Open Badge ecosystems."

Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]

Badgr
2018/11/27

Application for creating digital badges. Badgr is open source software based on open standards.  Here's the community website. Here's a sample of me creating and awarding myself a badge on Badgr.

Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]

Blockchain Diplomas Land In Virginia At Ecpi
Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily, 2018/11/28


Jacob Demmitt, The Roanoke Times, Nov 26, 2018  It was only a matter of time. "Virginia Beach-based ECPI University has joined a group of early adopters that distribute student degrees through the same kind of decentralized computer networks that power Bitcoin... The concept behind the technology is virtually unchanged, except ECPI is using the blockchain to issue digital degrees instead of digital currencies." The plan does have a definite upside: "It’s on there for life. They never have to call the registrar’s office and order another diploma." Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]

Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]

Task

Create a Blog and Add Its RSS Feed to the Course

There are three parts to this task:

  • create a blog of some sort (you can use Blogger, WordPress, Edublogs, or any other service you like, or if you are feeling adventurous, you can install your own version of gRSShopper on Reclaim - I'll be providing video instructions).
  • find the RSS feed for your blog - you can use the OERu Feed Finder to do this. Don't worry - you don't even need to log in.
  • Enter the RSS Feed URL into the form I will be providing in a day or two (it exists, but it hasn't finished testing yet).

Create and Award Yourself a Digital Badge

Create a free account on a Badge service (several are listed in the resources for this module). Then:

  • create a badge
  • award it to yourself.
  • use a blog post on your blog as the 'evidence' for awarding yourself the badge
  • place the badge on the blog post.

To assist you in this, you can see this blog post where I did all four steps with Badgr. (I also tried to work with the API, with much less success).



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