Making assessment work like the web

Cathy Davidson‘s comment on my last post about Open Badges — and her recent op ed in the Washington Post — get to the heart of an exciting shift taking place in learning and assessment. A shift where assessment is no longer seen as separate, standardized and external (first you learn, then you externally measure it). But instead, where assessment …

What’s your elevator pitch for badges?

A lot of the early conversation from the Open Badges launch is rich with ideas we can use to strengthen the story and messaging going forward. Doug Belshaw, for example, makes a great point about trying to clarify a fuzzy part of the story on OpenBadges.org: We’ve got the learner stories, all the stuff on the Mozilla wiki and some …

Open Badges launch: rocket fuel, reaction and resources

Mozilla’s Open Badges project reached a major milestone last week, with the launch of the MacArthur Foundation and HASTAC’s “Badges for Lifelong Learning” Competition. The competition includes collaborators like NASA, the Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a number of other organizations large and small — all testing the potential of badges to assess, recognize and reward …