Talk:OERu/Planning/Open badges and micro credential working group poll
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Please feel free to share additional comments and advice regarding open badges and micro-credentials by replying to this thread.
I think the use of micro-credentials, whether badges or something else, would be especially useful in specifying the knowledge and/or skills that students have acquired in one or another of our courses. Such articulation would make transparent what each of us is teaching, and would be helpful in allowing us to equate and articulate one another's courses to our own. This would be particularly useful as we try to figure out how a US version of a course in, say, Business Administration aligns with one from Australia or New Zealand, where the same course title might indicate something very different.
This raises the question of the relationship between open badges and formal academic credit. Should the OERu decide to constitute an open badges / micro-credentialing group perhaps it should operate as sub-group of the Standing Committee for Credit Transfer?
I voted yes but mainly so that the discussion can happen. I see benefits but also a distraction from getting a credited certificate out first. Is the messaging that we're veering away from credit, or starting a new concept? For discussion.
Speaking from the OERF - our core OERu mission is to provide real academic credit as a point of departure. I see value in thinking about micro-credentials, eg for individual micro-courses and how these map to university credit offered. So for example, if an OERu learner completes one of 3 required micro-courses for full course credit (3 credits in North America) - the partner could keep record of this achievement until all the credits for the course are completed for transcript credit. The one-credit award = a micro-credit and could have a paper certificate or digital badge associated with it. For me, open badges can function as a digital manifestation of credit.
Nope - we shouldn't veer away from formal credit imo. It is an OERu point of difference.