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