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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Alternative Credentialing: Badges and ePortfolios

Where: Four Points Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center
1125 Boston Providence Turnpike
Norwood, Massachusetts

When:9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Note: Registration starts at 7:30

Workshop Organizer: Randall Rode of Yale University

Institutions such as Quinnipiac University, Empire State College, Carnegie Mellon and Brigham Young University have started using badges for student learning assessment. The Mozilla foundation, with funding from the MacArthur foundation, is creating an open badges framework. Recent articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times tout the benefits of open education, demonstrated by badging systems. According to MacArthur a badge is “a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest.” But how are they validated? How do they work? Can badges be utilized within existing course management and ePortfolio systems? Or do they require their own frameworks?

In this workshop engage with NERCOMP peers in conversations and activities to explore first-hand how badges work and learn from examples of how badges are currently being used in the classroom. Explore the implications of alternative ways of credentialing learning and how the badge and eportfolio movements may converge.

1. A clear vision of the issues at hand about credentialing
2. How to adopt parts of the vision over time.
3. Group-generated ideas for how to apply on your own campus.
4. Better understanding of current trends and uses of eportfolios and badges in student assessment.
5. A list of resources related to badges, eportfolios and alternative credentialing.

Active Learning
Throughout the day there will be small group activity centered on exploring badges, creating a badge and peer review as a validation of badge-related work.

This SIG will be of interest to academics and administers in general. Specifically the following categories of people would directly benefit:

1. Faculty members
2. Academic technology staff (including learning design professionals).
3. The provost’s office
4. ePortfolio leaders on campus
5. Faculty development staff
6. Teaching and learning center staff
7. Accreditation leaders
8. Institutional research staff
9. Registrar’s office staff


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