Output O3: Individuals and Organisations
O3 is about the production of a reference document relative to the implementation of Open Badges for individuals and organisations, i.e. individuals ‘and’ organisations as badge issuers, recipients and consumers/readers. The final product of O3 will be the document ‘Guidelines for the implementation of Open Badges for individuals and organisations’. It will provide indications on how to improve working in the Open Badges ecosystem in relation to the needs of individuals and organizations. It will address the whole life-time learning environment (formal education, training, formal, informal and non-formal learning, etc…) in both work context and social life. O3 will use the inputs from O2A1 (collection of use-cases) to feed-in the initial discussion documents.
Discussion Paper on Open Badges for Individuals (O3A1)
The document provides an insightful overview of different, and sometimes contrasting, opinions regarding potentials, risks and values of Open Badges from the individuals’ point of view. The paper will not espouse a definite position, as its objective is to initiate and guide the debate of the community of experts around the role of individuals in the Open Badge ecosystem. Through a critical appraisal of the use-cases, identified in O2A1, the document attempts to answer, among others, the following questions: what is the value of Open Badges for the individuals? What are the risks involved in a wrong use of Open Badges? What benefits could generate the use of Open Badges in the education, employment and social systems?
Discussion paper on Open Badges for Organisations (O3A2)
In parallel with O3A1, the Open Badge Network project will realise a discussion paper investigating the use of Open Badges from the point of view of organisations. The discussion paper attempts to give another perspective to the current practice of Open Badges, which is dominated by organisations delivering badges to individuals. Through an open debate among project partners and the community of Open Badges experts, the Open Badge Network project aims at identifying the factors that would create the conditions for a greater symmetry of power between individuals and organisations.
Guidelines for the implementation of Open Badges for individuals and organisations (O3A3)
The results of the two discussion papers, reviewed after the confrontation with the online community, are integrated and synthetized in a single document, which takes the form of a guideline of the use of Open Badges, addressed both to individuals and organisations. The aim of the document is to provide guidance on all the possible applications of Open Badges in the field of education, employment, citizenship and culture, and to indicate models of best practices to get the best results out of Open Badges.
Testing the guidelines (O3A4)
In this phase, the guidelines are tested and fine-tuned within small groups of stakeholders involved in the implementation of Open Badges using a focus group technique. The final document aims to become a reference point for European education organisations, private businesses, individual educators and learners, which are interested in designing, issuing, earning or simply using Open Badges in their personal or professional activities.
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