Today Making Learning Connected (#CLMOOC) begins. The Educator Innovator has set up a micro-investment fund for online meet-ups enabeling educators to move their practice toward connected learning and community engagement. The course is organized into weekly Make Cycles, with open-ended invitations to make, play, learn and connect. In this introductury post I will formulate my learning outcome, since my experience is that after the 7 week period (June 13–August 1) this will support my own reflection. During the first Make Cycle we focus our thinking and reflection around the ways in which “How To guides” can be used to share who we are and the things we are good at.
Make Cycle Week 01:
a) Make a How to Be! connected to something that introduces who you are, your hobby or your community.
b) Share your favorite examples (and non-examples!) of good How To guides.
In this introductury post I will formulate my learning outcome, since my experience is that after the ten week period this will support reflection.
To be continued…
This is some information about our preparation for the badge ‘Certified Networked Teacher’ at P2PU
Url of the challenge associated with this badge
Badge Name: Certified Networked Teacher
Badge Short Description: The use of web tools in networked learning has become an important 21st century skills for teachers. This challenge will give you the ability to envision a new future based on web tools in a networked learning scenario.
You will engage with instructional tools for creating, delivering and managing your learning resources in an innovative way. The first task is finished when you have posted a link to your learning resource in the CNT challenge and at least one peer participant has posted a comment with approval. The requirements is that the learning resource specifies the target audience and has the function to model, demonstrate, help us practice or help us reflect. The final task will be to create a Screencast Tutorial that demonstrate your skills as a Networked Teacher. After this badge you will be ready to take on syndicated education in distributed learning environments as an ‘Advanced Networked Teacher’. On expert level you will be a central node in networked learning and change how we understand education in the future. The experience from this course will turn into a multi-levelled badges program awarded from peer to peer evaluation (i.e Certified Networked Teacher, Advanced Networked Teacher and Expert Networked Teacher).
Badge Logic: Skill Badge that requires submissions:
Rubrics: A few sentences starting with ‘How well was this peer able to: ‘ that reviewers will use to evaluate the submissions:
How well was this peer able to reuse existing learning resources to create his/her own?
How well was this peer able to adapt his/her learning resource to deliver it to the target audience?
How well was this peer able to organize the material in order to share the learning resource?
A learning resource specifies the target audience and the function is to model, demonstrate, help us practice or help us reflect.
Our first online course “Teachers Open Online Learning for Professional Development” [#TOOL12] investigated what new skills and capacities teachers need to develop in ‘Networked Literacy & Fluency’. We then shared some thoughts on some criteria for badges/certification as a ‘Networked Teacher’. This was a peer to peer course at P2PU and resulted in our community badges as well as our mission statement.
In 2012 we completed our second online course “The Use of Web Tools in Networked Learning” [ #CNT12] (16/4-4/5, 2012) and we used tutorials on WikiEducator. The aim was to support the participants to complete the challenge “Certified Networked Teacher” and receive a skill badge that can be use within the Mozilla open badges framework.
Next module will be “Syndicated Education in Distributed Learning Environments” [#ANT12] and I the future we will develop the expert skills with “Central Node in Networked Learning” [#ENT12].
A ‘Massive Open Online Course’ (MOOC) is an educational tool to apply the theory of connectivism and an open pedagogy based on networked learning. MOOCs are founded on principle characteristics of autonomy, diversity, openness and interaction.
There has emerged a variant in open learning that is called ‘Collaborative Open Online Learning‘ (COOL). This can be illustrated with “Education, Curriculum, and Instruction (EC&I) 831: Open, Connected, Social”, where participants engage in the development of a personal blog/digital portfolio and the collaborative development of an educational technology wiki resource. Before the end each member complete of a student-chosen, major digital project.
Our idea of ‘Teachers Open Online Learning’ (TOOL) embrace the idea that a Community of Practitioners meet to share experiences and insights via advanced technologies. This creates new ways to share and remix resources, collaborate with other educators, and help our learners connect with each other.
Earning badges for learning new things is a way to display knowledge and skills. At the moment we have released three light blue ‘CommunityBadges’:
- Supporter (A person who supports, promotes, advocates or champions a cause or movement)
- Contributor (A person who backs, supports or champions a cause, activity or institution)
- Scholar (A specialist in a particular branch of knowledge)
These ‘Community Badges’ only have value for our community and recognize the work that has been done by participants in the P2PU course “eduToolkit . Teachers Open Online Learning“. As soon as Mozilla’s Open Badges project allow organizations to issue digital badges, this will allow students to collect badges from different sources and display them across the web – on their resume, web site, social networking profiles, job sites or just about anywhere. We will soon have green ‘Skill Badges’ available that are compatible with Mozilla’s ‘Open Badge Infrastructure’. The first three modules will continue our work with ‘Teachers Open Online Learning’ and focus on the concept of ‘The Networked Teacher’:
- Certified Networked Teacher [ #CNT12]– Use of Web Tools
- Advanced Networked Teacher – Syndicated Education
- Expert Networked Teacher – Central Node in Learning
Details about who earned ‘Community Badges’ will be availabel in our ‘Hall of fame‘ as an official recognition of particiapants.
There are development of ‘Open Assessment’ that recognize that accreditation and certification occurs outside formal education. Our current focus is on using ‘Open Badges’ as the currency to capture and demonstrate learning, skills and reputation within the community.
There is a section with our ‘Badge Ecosystem” that display application requirements and the official list of each graduate. The light blue colur are used in the eduToolkit community to represent their involvment. As soon as Mozilla’s Open Badges project allow organizations to issue digital badges, this will allow students to collect badges from different sources and display them across the web – on their resume, web site, social networking profiles, job sites or just about anywhere.
This ‘Rubric for Online Instruction’ by California State University, Chico is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.
Course uses limited technology tools to facilitate communication and learning.
New teaching methods are applied to enhance student learning.
Multimedia elements and/or learning objects are limited or non-existent.
Course uses Internet access and engages students in the learning process.
Course uses some technology tools to facilitate communication and learning.
New teaching methods are applied to innovatively enhance student learning.
Multimedia elements and/or learning objects are used and are relevant to student learning.
Course optimizes Internet access and effectively engages students in the learning process.
Course uses a variety of technology tools to appropriately facilitate communication and learning.
New teaching methods are applied and innovatively enhance student learning, and interactively engage students.
A variety of multimedia elements and/or learning objects are used and are relevant to student learning throughout the course.
Course optimizes Internet access and effectively engages students in the learning process in a variety of ways throughout the course.