Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Badging PD

I'm keen to take up the Mozilla Open Badging project, and use it to develop a badging system for professional learning by CSLLD staff who engage us in learning about Internet stuff. A good friend over in Vancouver has been looking into this for a number of months now, and I reckon he'd support us a bit into such a space.

Badges, I reckon most people cringe, but secretly love em. I'm hoping it could be a way for us to make the rewards for learning stuff more tangible, and a little more fun. Importantly though, badges can help us get a quick picture on what do and don't know (roughly), and in the not-too-distant future, the badges might have some international currency if Mozilla get their way...

openMatt gives a good run down... and more lately, here.

If we're going to roll out some new approaches to CSLLD activities, we're going to need to offer a range of support, from informal and impromptu, to more formal regular show, tell and show back type sessions. I wrote this PD idea activity into our interim plan:

  1. Prepare a professional development program for CSLLD staff, to establish and maintain critical digital literacies in their work, develop improved workflow management and efficiencies, and begin developing a strong professional web presence and identity for their CSLLD activities

As yet, there is not a formal professional development program for CSLLD staff to develop skills in contemporary Internet work and associated critical literacies. It is not fully known what skills CSLLD staff already have outside the standard operating environments of the two computing networks that CSLLD staff operate in. Therefore the culture of practice and the possibility for new practices is also not fully known.

Some informal work has begun with some CSLLD staff in addressing immediate needs, understanding wider capabilities, and starting to develop wider understanding of contemporary internet skills and possibilities. This early work has helped us consider this proposal for a professional development program, both to better understand the range of latent skills and awareness of CSLLD staff, and to develop the space where a more informed engagement in possible new practices can take place.

A badging system is proposed, to make the professional development more enjoyable, to offer some structure to the program, and to offer some level of immediate credibility and recognition for the work that has relevance on an international level. Badging will assist in the quick and efficient awareness of the skills that our peers hold, that may have some flow-ons to career development and motivation. The badging system will be aligned with the Mozilla Open Badges project.

This task is to be ready and operational by May 2012.

11 comments:

  1. On the pulse here, Leigh! A recent report from the Open University in the UK identifies 10 key themes focused on innovating with ICT in education and "badges to accredit learning" is one of them. Innovating Pedagogy 2012 looks like a fresh British take on innovations with ICT.

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