Wikimedia UK and Open Badges
By January 2015, Open Badges have been a subject of discussion for well over two years in the Wikimedian community. Wikimedia UK is now looking at ways we can make some actual progress on this.
Meeting our Goals
- Strategic goal G2a.3: Open Badges provide a structure in which we can acknowledge the skills and capabilities of our volunteers in an evidence-based fashion.
- Strategic goal G2b.3: Open Badges provide an efficient way in which our impact can be measured through both the quality and quantity of the badges we issue.
- Strategic goal G4.2: Open Badges constitute a robust and efficient toolset which will allow us to to allow support our own programmes and effectively record impact measures.
- Strategic goal G5: This initiative will facilitate shared learning across the entire movement, as other chapters and WMF are starting to go down this road. By taking this forward we are playing a leading role in sharing good practice and acting as a focus for debate. Also we will be working with non-Wikimedia open knowledge groups to further our open knowledge vision (Mozilla, P2pU).
Situation in January 2015
- Our colleagues in Wikimedia Sweden have started using Open Badges in October 2014.
- On translatewiki.net (scroll down a bit and you will see the badges described in English). Also see Utveckling (Development) which is in English. translatewiki.net is a web-based translation platform used to enhance Mediawiki
- Sara Mörtsell's blog (2014-02-11): Using P2PU to Badge Swedish Educators’ MOOC
- Sara Mörtsell's blog (2015-01-29): New badges recognize Swedish students and teachers who contribute to Wikipedia
A discussion about Wikimedia UK using Open Badges took place in July 2013. It has been archived here
Methods of verifying/issuing
- Expert / Mentor
- Algorithmic / programmatic
- Stealth (through Backpack)
Types of badges
- Skill / Activity
- Badge system
- Early adopters
- Silly / playful
- Soft skills / non-cognitive
- Hard skills / cognitive
- Program:Peer to Peer University/Writing Wikipedia Articles (2013 Q2) - Awards WIKISOO Burba badge which is OBI compliant.
- Wikipedia - Mozilla Open Badges - "The ability to issue badges was integrated into TotaraLMS for the 2.4 releaseand Moodle for the 2.5 release"
- Open Badge Designer
- Digital Me Badge Canvas
- Graeme also created a very useful mindmap. This can be seen here.