Presentations by Doug Belshaw and Tim Riches at the JISC RSC Scotland annual conference 2012.
Mozilla's new infrastructure for enabling the accreditation of informal learning, Open Badges, has been gaining momentum over the last year. Aiming to 'solve the problem' of recognition for skills and achievements gained outside of formal education, the initiative has heavyweight backers in the form of the US Department of Education, NASA and HASTAC. In this session, Doug Belshaw will explain the need for a new system of accreditation as well as how Open Badges are well-matched to recognize 21st century skills as well as unlock career and educational opportunities. Tim Riches from DigitalMe (a DML Competition winner) will give a practical example of how they are testing Open Badges through the Supporter to Reporter (S2R) Medals programme, designed to recognise and reward the development of 21st century learning skills.