Some notes to reflect on while seeing Doug’s presentation via online life streaming
- digital literacies (the ies ending is an idea of Doug Belshaw while doing his dissertation, which can be found here) are contextualised, there is not such ‘A THING’ that defines it. It will depend on the context.
I am relating this to the presentation I just saw from All Aboard were they aim -via wide consultation- to create a digital road map to help and guide institutions and organisations in the development of local and national digital strategies and to ensure alignment, coherence and a sense of common endeavour at a sectoral level.
In relation to the contextualisation of digital skills that Doug mentioned, I think if it would be worth thinking about mapping the digital skills needed in my institution and see how can we provide students with opportunities to acquire those skills during their course at the uni.
- Badge seen as a scaffolding aid for learning paths? Still not sure but I think this what Doug was explaining when he showed the inner structure of a badge
The idea with this anatomy is to understand what information is important in order to issue a badge and the process involved in issuing and getting it.
Taken from the Serve Ravet slideshare on Open Badge and e-Portfolio
This image is about this process. There is the person or institution, let us call it X, who is issuing the badge and the person, Z, who is interested in obtaining it (people need to get some external recognition for what they have learned outside formal academia, is part of the things you need to account for to get a job); Z needs to know what is wanted from her/him, what is the criteria that she/he needs to know in order to plan what is needed to accomplish the task. Z then needs to collect evidence that respond to the criteria. Once the evidence gathered is assessed the badge is issued. So in order for a badge to be a scaffolding aid for a learning path the idea would be to point out to some of the milestones that a particular learning path should accomplish and those milestones could be the evidence upon which the badge will be issued. Or maybe to design your own learning path and start to gather evidence for it with badges. I think it depends on the experience of the learner among other things.
- Digital literacy is a contested term –> Literacy as a word has meaning and relevance, it is difficult not to fall in the trap of putting literacy behind any word to make it sound relevant 🙂
- Digital literacy should not be a dead metaphor (Rorty). THIS is it and THIS is not it doesn’t work (I need to check Rorty’s idea of dead metaphors and Doug Belshaw ambiguity chapter in his thesis)
- Digital literacy is a way of approaching the world, an attitude towards the digital environment
- Work with other people, don’t take just authors. Work what is means in your context
- co-created definitions–> every body has the power. Don’t sit there isolated, work with the people involved in the digital literacy project
- link the badge with the web literacy map
- Badges are Trojan horse in education (need to think more deeply about this)
- Open Badges–> is different from digital badges
- Make a Mozilla account to create badges. They are like endorsement
- Finland has a badge initiative and Pearson as well. (check them)
- Integration of badges into your web page or wiki or any web artefact you are creating to show your skills
- System of currency with open badges
- agile currency–>badges.
- Check the Department of education in relation to badges
- Learning pathways, how to design them? With students?
- Check the startup design template. download from (link is in the slideshare)
- Scaffolding–> how do we scaffold people’s skills?
- check the open badges’ google group
- Prescriptive or descriptive badge: we don’t have to be prescriptive don’t need to go ahead of time. Follow what students are already doing because they are doing!
- why would you (student) bother with the formal ways of learning if there is other ways to learn things in a more open and integrative way