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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Interesting Look at MOOC Completion Rates

Kevin Carey from EdCentral discusses MOOC completion rates.  He computes the graduation rate from Penn (7%) in the same way as MOOC completion rates (4%)--it all depends on what student population you are using as the denominator.

Daphne Koller, Andrew Ng, Chuong Do, and Zhenghao Chen discuss learner intent in a June 2013 article in EDUCAUSE Online.  They mention that not only do you need to calculate retention/completion differently than traditional courses, but a number of factors--the type of assignments, etc.--are also a factor.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Scotland! A Constellation of Participants in Badges

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There are some great things happening in Scotland.  About 70 different institutions,  organizations, and colleges/universities have joined together to create the Open Badges in Scottish Education Group (#OBSEG), which will try to create, adopt, and incorporate badges into "learner progress," "staff development," and "technology and design."  For a more detailed list of their objectives: OBSEG JISC Post

One of the most exciting features of the group is their goal to integrate badges into their programs for recognition of prior learning (RPL/PLA/APL).  They are also mapping some of the badges to their national qualification framework (The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework).  

This is a wonderful combination of formal, nonformal, and informal learning that can lead to student degree completion and success.  Even the Scottish Qualifications Authority is on board with using badges to help students display their competencies, skills, knowledge, and experience in a digital format.

Joe Wilson, Head of New Ventures at Scottish Qualifications Authority, states, "Within the national context we believe that Open Badges have the potential to: accredit significant small steps in a learner’s journey from informal learning to formal certification,  offer recognition for the achievement of single competencies and outcomes,  provide recognition for chunks of learning or performance smaller than would normally be recognised in national certification and national credit rating systems and that badges can  be used towards accreditation of prior learning where appropriate." 

For More Information on Scotland and Open Badges: So What Are Open Badges? and SQA Investigates Opportunities with Mozilla Open Badges

Friday, October 18, 2013

Badges, Beyond the US

Several countries--UK, Portugal, Spain, Lithuania, Germany, and Slovenia--have banded together to create Unique Learning Badges.  They are just starting to develop a tool to allow educators to create and issues badges, specially to move badges from paper versions to digital versions.  The group also strives to make badging resources available in other languages, so they are accessible to all.

It's interesting that the conversation of using badges in Europe leads to the value and translation of badges across countries, which is something that has come up in the US for transferring badges across institutions.  However, the language barriers and educational differences across Europe does lead to a new set of issues.  The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) was developed for formal degrees and certifications, but hasn't been applied to badges, yet.  It might be an interesting place to start, since most countries, including several in the Unique Learning Badges network have aligned their own QFs to the EQF for transferability already.

(They are connected to the Unique Network, which is an online community that focuses on innovation and quality in education across Europe. )

Friday, October 11, 2013

Badges for Veterans

I've already used the survey data from Eric Burg and Bob Sparkman's work on using badges for veterans for employment. We were discussing if badges are relevant credentials at COLLO.

They surveyed 500 registered veterans and 300 human resource professions and found that not only would the majority of veterans use badges in their resumes, but that employers would like them to.

You can see the results of the survey: HERE
You can see the badges and the website for veterans: HERE
More information: HERE