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making sense of puzzle pieces to professional development

To be presented at the CCME'2014 in Savannah, GA - February 2014

Stella Porto

on 12 February 2014

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Transcript of making sense of puzzle pieces to professional development

Making sense of the puzzle pieces
to professional development in the
digital age: MOOCs, OERs,
badges and e-portfolios

Stella C.S. Porto
University of Maryland University College

Agenda and Goals
The Puzzle pieces
Putting the pieces together...
passport to learning: competencies, badges, e-portfolios, prior learning...
Lifelong learning
professional development
personal enrichment
continuing education
community education
and outreach
vocational education
diverse instructional methodologies
formal & INFORMAL learning
RECOGNITION of achievement
many paths to new knowledge and skills
In the military...
importance of educational provision
understanding that skills are acquired through activities and experiences in the workplace
recognition of such experiences
matching with formal education
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
lifelong learning is intrinsic to the 21st century...
more than simply degrees: an ecosystem of
learning opportunities
respectful of the adult learner, who juggles work, family and school
educational strategies: targeted, purposeful and authentic
online learning promises:
flexibility + customization, but challenged by
rising high costs
"ePortfolio technology e
nables learners to manage the
and variability of learning designs and opportunties in formal and informal setti
ngs in order to gather
of their resultant
" (Trent Batson, 2012)
information technology allows the creation of knowledge beyond what was possible before
Deep Learning
more than bare memorization...
focus on higher levels of learning
focus on a broad concept of
of learning in a variety of settings and forms
There are a myriad of tools for creating and maintaining eportfolios.

Students are, however, still in the dark about it.
The technology fluency required to build and maintain an eportfolio is the same required by many jobs.
Badges were originally conceived as symbols of achievement and mastery.
Digital badges are a way to display talents ranging from practical to the academic.
A badge is a
digital symbol
widely accepted
, that
acknowledges and recognizes
skills and/or competency
acceptance is essential in order to become a significant component of professional development: educational institutions and employers need to recognize it.
the issuer of the badge needs to be accepted and validated
the value of a badge will depend on its acceptance and adoption
badges can be of very different nature (big and small), and they can be 'stackable' in order to reflect entire competencies
Massive Open Online Courses
the MOOC phenomenon
depends on self-motivation
self-directed learning
validity of assessment
lack of personal feedback
"OERs are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the
public domain
or have been released under an
intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others
. Open educational resources include
full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques
used to support access to knowledge."
The need for lifelong learning is a given. Responses to this need come from formal and informal paths.
Such paths include use of OERs by educational institutions, and alternative methods of learning. MOOCs can become 'courseware' - adopted as OERs.
All these paths of learning could make significant use of an open badge system, where skills and knowledge are recognized and showcased through a common platform, such as an e-portfolio.
What does this mean for military & veteran learners?
Badges for Vets
Free website funded by the HASTAC Initiative with support from the MacArthur Foundation.
BadgesforVets provides Veterans the opportunity to register and indicate their training received and experience gained while serving our nation.
Prospective employers will have completely free and unfettered access to browse the Badges for Vets database for Veterans matching specified qualifications and or using a simple radius search to search for qualified Veterans in their community
Using MOOCs to enhance education...
Exploring open badge initiatives...
Get recognition for the things you learn, online and off

Open Badges use a shared technical standard to help recognize your skills and achievements. Badges help make them count towards your education, career and lifelong learning.
Earn badges from anywhere. Then take them everywhere. Manage your badges in your Mozilla Backpack, where you can create meaningful collections and display your badges on social networking and job sites.

Prove skills. Employers, organizations and schools can explore the data behind each badge issued to verify your skills, achievements and interests.
Developing e-portfolios to portray badges, achievements, skills, and competencies...
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
Differentiate the pieces of the puzzle: MOOCs, OERs, badges and e-portfolios;
Explain how they connect with each other;
Explain how they promote a flexible and accessible path for professional development;
Appreciate the challenges of bringing these elements together and make them work for the adult learner; and
Recognize the value of these initiatives specifically for the military and veterans.
Introduction to the puzzle pieces: Lifelong learning, ePortfolios, Badges, OERs, and MOOCs
Putting the pieces together...
What does this mean for military and veteran learners?

a peek at how the pieces fit together
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