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Open Badge Network (OBN) MOOC

Free Online Course

Open Badges – An emerging movement to recognize non-formal and informal learning

Open Badges are growing rapidly. There are deep the implications of this new technology and movement in policy, employment, informal learning and higher education. The three free sessions of this MOOC will guide you through the different aspects of employment, policy, and education.

 Session 1: Employers’ engagement with Open Badges – 16 January–10 March 2017
 Session 2: Policy of Open Badges – 13 March–12 May 2017
 Session 3: Open Badges in Higher Education – 15 May–09 July 2017

This part of the OBN MOOC is dedicated to Open Badges in Higher Education and will be run by Prof. Dr. Ilona Buchem, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin, who is also the Coordinator of the Open Badge Network project founded under the ERASMUS+ grant of the European Union.

Although this session is specifically dedicated to higher education, anyone interested in the topics (see an overview of the modules, topics, and webinars below) can participate – the OBN MOOC is open to everyone!

Module 1 Use Cases of Open Badges in Higher Education
Focus: Use Cases on Open Badges in Higher Education from around the world
Webinar 1: USE CASES: Wednesday 17 May 16.00 - 17.00 CET
Guests: The Indira Gandhi National Open University, IGNOU (India), Bestr – the digital platform to value skills through Open Badges (Italy)

Module 2 Quality Assurance of Open Badges in Higher Education
Focus: Quality Assurance including quality criteria and Open Badges Extension for Education
Webinar 2: QUALITY ASSURANCE: Thursday 01 June 16.00 - 17.00 CET
Guests: Markus Gylling, IMS Global Learning Consortium (USA), Nate Otto Concentric Sky (USA)
Module 3 Alignment with Competencies for Open Badges in Higher Education
Focus: Aligning Open Badges with competency frameworks including semantic descriptions of competencies
Webinar 3: COMPETENCY FRAMEWORKS: time to be announced
Guests: Prof. Dr. Johannes Konert, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin, designer of the Competency Repository for Open Badges

Module 4 Policies on Higher and Open Education for Open Badges
Focus: Policies on Higher and Open Education for Open Badges including policy recommendations and next steps in Europe
Webinar 4: POLICIES ON HIGHER AND OPEN EDUCATION: time to be announced
Guests: Joint Research Center of the European Commission