We were traveling far and wide this week to spread the badge love! Four members of our team were in Austin at the beginning of the week for the Digital Media + Learning (DML) Conference, ending the week with announcements, share-outs from ongoing projects, and talking badges with just about everyone!
Conference. Then we gathered in Boston for the
On Tuesday, Meg joined for Is Being Tech-Savvy The New MBA? where they looked at some of the unique and innovative ways in which schools and members of the business world are coming together to help prepare students for today’s tech-heavy world.
On Wednesday, Emily and Sunny joined for Osharing examples of badges “in the wild” and digging into what has and hasn’t worked for large-scale international digital assessment programs. Mark will be giving this talk again on a Google Hangout on March 11 - tweet him for more details!
On Thursday, as the DML Conference was kicking off in Boston, An-Me was joined by As we say all the time in the Open Badges community, learning occurs anywhere, everywhere, and throughout our lives. This session looked at how learning and credentialing is expanding, giving an overview of the range of alternative credentials emerging today to help lifelong learners demonstrate what they know and can do.
The second half of our week was spent in Boston for the 2014 DML Conference, which was framed around the theme of ‘connecting practices’ this year.
At this year’s conference - which marked the one-year anniversary since the launch of Open Badges 1.0 - we were thrilled to share two big projects we’ve been working on.
The biggest announcement, of course, was the launch of BadgeKit, available in private beta to organizations for now, with more features and accessibility being built in over the coming year.
We also shared the latest in Open Badges Discovery, a result of the hard work of our team and community, led by our Chloe Varelidi and with essential research, design and technical support from Emily, Jess, Mike, Lucas Blair and more.
We shared demos and discussions of these two exciting evolutions of Open Badges at the Mozilla Science Fair on Thursday, where we were joined by a whole host of other amazing organizations showcasing their work, including Hive, Webmaker, and more.
Yesterday, our community superstars Dan Hickey, Nate Otto and the rest of the Indiana team presented findings and thoughts from their work looking at the Badges for Lifelong Learning grant recipients and developing the badge Design Principles Documentation Project - read their Interim Report to learn more. In their session, titled "It’s Not (just) About the Badges," the team shared their biggest lesson learned: that it really isn’t just about the badges, but about learning ecosystems, and creating pathways within and across these systems, using badges "to highlight nuanced learning and understanding that traditional grading systems do not."
Nate shared his surprise and excitement that the session - which they expected to draw around 20 people to - was attended by 117 people! With this year’s announcement of BadgeKit and the echoes of last year’s Open Badges launch at DML, many at the conference this year were eager to talk about badges and the journey we’ve taken, from a year ago, to today, and onward to future developments.
If you missed any sessions at these conferences, don’t worry! Selected recorded sessions from both conferences are available on the SXSWedu website and the DML YouTube channel. DML concludes today, so if you’re in Boston, check the schedule to see what else is going on today.
Thank you to everyone who braved the bitter cold to join us this week - we look forward to seeing what you all took away from the experience!