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Submissions/Open Badges in Education Outreach

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2015 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this July.

Submission no.
Title of the submission

Open Badges in Education Outreach

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Sara Mörtsell
E-mail address
Sara Mörtsell (WMSE)
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Sverige
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

This presentation is based on experience from introducing open badges into the Education program in Sweden in 2014 and the developments since then. It focuses on badges earned by educators and students, although issuing badges has promise for various kinds of voluntary engagements outside of educational settings. Open Badges is an open, non-proprietary Mozilla initiated, standard for creating mini-credentials to validate learning experiences and skills. I would like to discuss how badges connect to both motivation and comprehension, and what the technical challenges are right now.

Motivation: Recognition of skills is a motivator
Badges are a promising way of accrediting educators, acknowledging their skills and achievements, and breaking down a fairly extensive pedagogical process into manageable milestones and specific tasks. They also give educators the freedom to design assignments and assessments according to their syllabi and students. The educator has the pedagogical knowledge to bring their curriculum and Wikipedia together, and that is key to successfully integrating education with Wikipedia editing.

Comprehension: Removig barrriers for success
Visual representations of key tasks will help teachers better understand what designing Wikipedia assignments for students is all about. This is an important aspect of using badges, since presenting educators with very dense information about how they can implement learning with Wikipedia, however accurate, can be a barrier to success. Displaying the individual badges in a systematic design offers a comprehensive overview of the process. Students are introduced to the process with focus on how Wikipedia standards relate to skills and achievements, when these are captured by a visual badge system.

Education Outreach
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Not sure
Slides or further information (optional)
New badges recognize Swedish students and teachers who contribute to Wikipedia blogpost.
Special requests

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  1. AKoval (WMF) (talk) 18:39, 28 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 21:38, 28 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Yes, open badges should be part of Wikimedia! Blue Rasberry (talk) 00:55, 1 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  4. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 09:54, 3 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Ocaasi (talk) 23:44, 4 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Mrjohncummings (talk) 21:24, 9 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  7. FKoudijs (WMF) (talk) 23:03, 12 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Jean-Frédéric (talk) 00:47, 8 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
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