Open Badge Opticks : The prismatic value of badges
Brilliant brilliant article by the fabulous Carla Casilli – love this quote so much ‘Badges represent skills, competencies, activities, and achievements but they also represent the person who has earned them.’
During a recent Twitter foray, I jumped into an ongoing conversation about where education is headed and the role that badges might play in where education is headed. The discussion stemmed from Kevin Carey‘s insightful and provocative NYTimes article, “Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen As Official” (based on an excerpt from The End of College.) During that Twitter exchange, Anya Kamenetz (who has recently written The Test) was commenting on Carey’s book and mentioned that she felt that badges have been operating in—and will continue to operate in—perpetual beta. When I asked her why she felt this to be true, she tweeted, “I don’t see the value.” I tweeted back saying that badge value was prismatic. This post is an exploration of that position.
Traveling around the world over the last four years, introducing people to open badges and helping them to understand their possible and…
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