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Recognizing and demonstrating the skills of students and staff with open badges

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Jenni Meriläinen

on 19 October 2016

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Open Badges
Lahti University
of Applied Sciences
Open Badge:
An online representation of skills, abilities or achievements
Picture: https://openbadgefactory.com/
Image: CC BY Kyle Bowen http://classhack.com/post/45364649211/open-badge-anatomy-updated
The student participates in at least four different student projects and in at least four different roles (one of which has to be project manager) to earn the ICT Project Master milestone badge
If at least two of the project roles have been awarded at expert level, also the ICT Project Master milestone badge is awarded as an expert level badge
Business Information Technology programmes have project courses that aim to deepen the knowledge and skills gained on substance courses and develop metaskills required in ICT professions.

ICT Project Master badges were developed to motivate students to step outside their comfort zones by taking on different roles in projects and to strengthen skills versatilely.
Expert –level badge is given as a recognition of showing excellent skills in a project role. This means that the project and the student’s contribution has been awarded with the highest possible grade 5.
Open badges for students:
Students have been involved in designing the open badge concept. A graphic design student designed the templates for the digital images. A group of IT students made requirement specification for an open badge management system

Students have also created promotional videos for badges as part of their coursework etc.
For foreign students who participated in a mentoring programme organised by Get Employed! -project

The students developed competence in job search, knowledge of Finnish working life and professional networks and communication competence with work life mentors
Career Planning -badge
Open badges for staff members
A promotional video about ICT Project Master badges, made by students
Promotional videos about Lahti UAS Communicator badges, made by students:
Phan Cong Tung & Luong Ngoc Huy
Hert Niks & Jason Ali
For teachers who have produced and shared Open Educational Resources (OER) with Creative Commons BY-SA -license
OER Producer
Pedagogical Mentor acts as a peer-mentor for other teachers and participates in developing pedagogical practices
Pedagogical Mentor
We are planning the use of open badges to validate learning acquired in a HR training programme focused on developing the pedagogical and digital expertise of teachers. A workshop was organised for designing the learning outcomes and aims of the programme.
For students
as a supplement to the existing credential structure
to promote particular learning and to make skills visible
as a way recognizing student achievements in a more flexible and nuanced way and to signal finer-grained skills, knowledge or dispositions

For staff
as a way of recognizing and validating staff competence in strategically important areas of expertise

For partners
recognizing skills acquired in cooperation
validating learning in continuing education

OpenBadgeFactory is used to create and issue badges
Open Badges can be employed in Lahti UAS:
For students who have acted as support for the study use of students own devices in Lahti UAS

BYOD = Bring Your Own Device
BYOD Support badge
There is a badge for each project role
To demonstrate communication skills in working life and business communication
The student gets a concise description of his/her communication competence in addition to the credits and grades
Potential employers get a clearer understanding of the students communication competence
Students can apply for badges based on their different language studies, grades and credits
A badge recipient can display badges in any online location, such as a website, an e-portfolio, social media

Open badges can be used as a tool to help recipients describe, visualize and illustrate their learning and skills
ICT Project Master badges
Badge image
& metadata, which verifies the authenticity of the badge and provides details of the skills that the badge represents
Badge name
Detailed criteria
Expert Communicator open badge requirements: approximately 35 ECTS depending on language combination and GPA 5
Examples of Lahti UAS open badges:
Professional Communicator open badge requirements: approximately 30 ECTS depending on language combination and GPA 4
Communicator badges
Open badges are used to recognize and validate staff competence in strategically important areas of expertise.

Jenni Meriläinen
Adviser, eLearning
Lahti UAS
Twitter: @JenniMerilainen
Located in Lahti, 8th largest city in Finland

Over 5 000 students, appr. 400 staff members

Professional Bachelors and Masters Degrees

Study fields:
design and communication
social and health care
technology and engineering
no longer student intake: fine arts, music and drama, hospitality management
Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Costs of implementing a badging system include not only the maintenance and administration of the open badge management system, but also time spent evaluating the quality of the learning and work qualifying for a badge
An open badge strategy is needed to build guiding principles for open badge creation and issuing
Open Badges provide an opportunity for branding the university
When is it worthwhile to create badges exclusively for only one organisation?
When is it more sensible to develop badges in collaboration on national/international level?
Lahti UAS open badge pilot was mentioned as an example in the 2016 NMC Horizon Report
(p. 23): http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2016-higher-education-edition/
Thank you!
Jenni Meriläinen
Adviser, eLearning
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