Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mozilla’s media and digital literacy projects in PCWorld

PC World interviews Mozilla’s Ben Moskowitz on the open Web, open video, media literacy and new Mozilla projects like Popcorn, Butter and Hackasaurus.

As our factory, playground, and public square, the Web is the medium at the top of mind for all of us. We have to keep it open to new entrants, innovative, transparent…  Mozilla is all about giving users the power to control the code.

Recognizing skills that “machine-age” testing doesn’t get

Scout merit badges

Cathy’s Davidson’s “Why Badges Work Better than Grades post makes several important points I’d like to capture in our talking points for the Open Badges project going forward. Especially this one:

Badges are simply another way, a more flexible way, of certifying a range of skills that our machine-age multiple choice mode of testing doesn’t fully comprehend — but that are crucial to the ways we live, work, and learn.

Her post also provides an excellent use case around how badges can compliment — as opposed to simply replace or otherwise threaten — traditional learning and grading. In Cathy’s “This Is Your Brain on the Internet” course at Duke University, for example, she imagines having her class help design badges, and then develop community standards or community certification for deciding how to award them.

Students would then leave the class with a hybrid of both traditional grades and more granular or specific badges. “Badges are useful for certifying complex processes that are not comprehended in our grading systems,” she writes. And, crucially, those more complex skills are exactly the kind of thing today’s  employers want most — and not finding in many traditional resumes, degrees and transcripts.