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#OnlineLearning through #openbadges, #moodle using badges, scaffolding, conditional release, social learning.

The following approach (in response to an email from below) could be used in MOOCS, OOCs and described as a gaming approach: quick wins/milestones, scaffolding (levelling), using the open badges architecture, conditional release in moodle, social learning tools, and levels of difficulty (Scaffolding). 

A design could be developed that allows people to start a unit and make some quick wins and provides a teacher with valuable insight- e.g. provide a quiz regarding required prior knowledge and award a badge for the desired pass level. Without giving away badges such that they become meaningless you could then setup a module based approach – incorporating forums and other social learning opportunities, where students earn a badge for passing the module via an automated quiz or other manual assessment item (e.g. Creating a video, whatever).

This way students collect badges (reward based system) along the way – this gives a sense of achievement but also feedback from the unit and improves student motivation to keep going. Finding ways to increase intrinsic motivation in students is important because online units, especially those with self paced designs, can be "out of sight out of mind". Students can also see each others badges in Moodle – and in this way people in the unit can also be motivated through competition. Badges are only visible through the full profile of the student in Moodle 2.5.

You can use openbadges.me to create badges – maybe using one colour scheme for small milestone badges and another for unit achievement level badges, create your own badges framework to help guide this development.

Staff can also use this approach to view the badges students have earned in other units, using this as one way to determine students prior learning in the course, and or gaps they need to fill.

Just to recap - you can use openbadges.me to create the badge graphic, then create the badge proper (using the graphic and associated meta data using the Moodle Badge framework and tools).

eMail from Richard:
"We met briefly at a Moodle Moot a couple of years ago in Melbourne and you kindly suggested that you might be able to help us a little at some stage. Basically, Peoples-uni (http://peoples-uni.org) is a volunteer run organisation that provides Public Health capacity building to health professionals in developing countries. We use Moodle and have an IT support group that manages most of the various technical issues. The courses are at http://courses.peoples-uni.org. We are now hoping to start a small addition to this, and have set up a new Moodle site http://ooc.peoples-uni.org to offer Open Online Courses - a smaller version of MOOCs. I wonder if you might be interested to give us some advice on this?

Dick Heller
Emeritus Professor
Universities of Manchester, UK, and Newcastle, Australia
Coordinator Peoples-uni
+61 (2)99552251<tel:%2B61%20%282%2999552251>

+61 (0)450449459<tel:%2B61%20%280%29450449459>"

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