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By Doug Belshaw May 28, 2015 - 10:22am Comments
At the beginning of this month, the Badge Alliance published version 1.1 of the Open Badges specification. This is a technical reference for developers. However, it has exciting, far-reaching pedagogical and social possibilities that are worth highlighting. In this post, I want to explore just a couple of these: mapping and endorsement.
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By Doug Belshaw March 30, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
I recently attended Nesta's FutureFest event in London. It was a heady mix of everything related to what's next: from food to technology to economics to politics. What really caught my attention, however, was the way in which one particular innovation seemed to have captured the imagination of people across various sectors. That technology is the blockchain.
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By Doug Belshaw January 29, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
A few months ago, in a post entitled Scaffolding Web Literacy Through Learning Pathways, I differentiated between training pathways ("a series of steps that lead to the individual being able to reproduce knowledge or action") and learning pathways ("experiences lead[ing] to th
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By Barry Joseph May 1, 2014 - 9:38am Comments
In my previous post, “My Beef With Badges,” I called on the emerging badging community to stop conflating our aspirations with our achievements, and to start sharing a more accurate picture of the challenges we all face. I also tried to make clear that I have been a part of the very problem I now aim to address.
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By Doug Belshaw April 8, 2013 - 2:10pm Comments
At Mozilla we don't like silos. We believe in innovating upon open standards and in ensuring that the Web remains an open platform. That's why our Firefox web browser exists. It's why we're working on Firefox OS. And it's why we're delighted to have recently launched v1.0 of the Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI).
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By Cathy Davidson March 1, 2013 - 10:45am Comments
It was something over a year ago when we first began talking about badges as a powerful new tool for identifying and validating the rich array of people’s skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and competencies that happens everywhere and at every age.  That’s when we decided that this year the Digital Media and Learning Competition would be dedicated to an array of competitions on badging.  I remember when we started writing, blogging, talking, speaking, and in other ways trying to create a conversation around badges as an alternative mod
Why We Need Badges Now
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By Doug Belshaw January 28, 2013 - 7:15am Comments
I have a confession to make. It’s a shameful, dark secret that I fear may be common to many adults around the world. And, when I was teaching, it was certainly one that I saw shared by many students I came into contact with. It’s something you don’t tend to admit to -- especially as an educator. What is this thing that I’m reticent to admit? I’m not sure how I learn best.
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By Doug Belshaw August 20, 2012 - 12:55pm Comments
I’m currently iterating some work around Web Literacies for the Mozilla Foundation (you can see the latest version of my thinking here). Perhaps the biggest consideration when dealing with so-called ‘New’ Literacies is distinguishing them from one another.
Digital Literacies and Web Literacies: What's the Difference? Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw March 30, 2012 - 8:30am Comments
I first read about the idea of Open Badges back in the middle of last year. It excited me. One thing I’ve always been interested in is how to shift the power dynamic within classrooms towards learners in a positive way. Changing (or at least providing additional) ways for students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding is one way to do that.
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By Mimi Ito March 7, 2012 - 3:20pm Comments
A few days back home after DML2012, I've been browsing through the blogosphere and tweet streams and reflecting on the various conversations I had at the event. One unfortunate side-effect of being part of the organizing is that I can't get to many sessions, so I'm grateful for the after-party happening online.
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By David Theo Goldberg March 6, 2012 - 8:50am Comments
There has been much ado the past week or so about whether badges can offer a viable means for assessing learning. It has been boisterous on both sides.
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By Doug Belshaw February 1, 2012 - 4:25pm Comments
Last year I attended, on average, a conference or similar event every other week. As part of my role as Researcher/Analyst at JISC infoNet it’s an important part of what I do: finding out what’s going on in the UK education sector and disseminating our (publicly-funded) work.
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By Doug Belshaw September 26, 2011 - 7:50am Comments
Last week saw the launch of the DML Competition. I’ve been following the development of Mozilla’s Open Badges project for a few months now and so was (and still am) excited by the potential of badges in education. The current ‘elevator pitch’ for Mozilla’s Open Badges project is:
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