|October 7, 2014. Digital badges are introduced in HCS5601 as a way to complete course assignments. This is a significant announcement because it may reshape how course credit and course completion can be tied to a portfolio of digital badges - all of which can be used to verify a student's accomplishments and abilities.|
|So, what are digital badges? Defining digital badges is like defining digital music. We all knew what music was before it was digital. It was live or recorded on tape or vinyl. Then, there were computers and portable music devices that played, copied and even shared audio files over the Internet and that music sounded pretty good, depending on your speakers. From that point on, the music world was turned upside down and that continues even today.|
Now, imagine that digital badges can take the idea of a Boy Scout or Girl Scout Activity Badge or Merit Badge and make it digital. It can look like the former cloth badge (or not), it can represent a particular activity, event or accomplishment, it can be used to indicate progress toward other badges and it can be saved as part of your scout records. However, now that it is digital, it can be linked to other badges in your scouting portfolio, it can contain direct linkages to the requirements associated with earning the badge and it can be linked to multimedia files depicting the completion or earning of the badge. In other words, with digital badges, we can change how we recognize, communicate or demonstrate that learning has occurred within an individual or group of individuals.
Here is a short video explaining badges from the MacArthur Foundation - "Badges are a new idea to recognize the learning that happens anywhere and share it in the places that matter."
College Graduates Deserve Much More Than Just Transcripts - http://chronicle.com/article/College-Graduates-Deserve-Much/138861/
Mozilla OpenBadges - Earn, Issue and Display digital badges
Short Bibliography about Badges assembled in Evernote - https://www.evernote.com/pub/pcplants/buckeyebadges
Join Credly.com - claim your badges for this class, as well as design and issue your own badges
In the June, 2014 Buckeye Educational Update article, "Say It With Video," I provide instructions for creating and delivering a high quality video using an iPad, free apps and YouTube. The following except introduces the technique I employed.
"Using video to enhance your company’s image or inform customers about new products and services is becoming very popular these days. No longer is video something to be viewed as time consuming, requiring expensive equipment or restricted to video professionals. In fact, any person with an interest in plants and owns a smartphone or tablet can be taking photos, capturing video, recording audio and editing their projects, all on the same device.
But video is not just for the company website. Millions of people routinely add video to their Social Networking conversations hosted by Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Imagine a situation where a customer is texting your sales manager or posting a message on the company Facebook page and you are able to respond not only with a text message or a photo but also a video clip you have hosted on YouTube covering common situations encountered each year.
In this article, I will showcase some of the current videos available online from various garden centers, landscape designers and wholesale nurseries which feature a company’s services or educates consumers in the proper way to care for plants. I’ll describe how you can create your own video using still images, background music and a voice-over narration using only an iPhone or iPad. Lastly, I’ll explain how to upload the video to your own video channel on YouTube and link to it from your website."
View complete article (PDF) - download
View finished video on YouTube - Dr. Steven M. Still Garden at Ohio State
Quick introductions by those attending today's meeting. Tim Rhodus demonstrated the auto-tracking feature of a Swivl by passing around the remote control. Student response systems and ODEE Grant Programs were also discussed.
Good Afternoon ELT Community, Just sending a friendly reminder about tomorrow’s (2/21) ELT/iPCC Community meeting. We’ll be in PAES 143 from 11:30-1PM where we’ll take a closer look at iPad implementations both at the university and course level.
Cory Tressler will open our meeting with a closer look at Cal State Northridge’s iPad program. View more about the myCSUNtablet iPad initiative here: http://www.slideshare.net/dzell/i-pad-you-pad-we-all-pad
Nicole Kraft will spend the second part of our meeting sharing her experiences and lessons learned from redesigning her course to leverage iPads, which were distributed to all of her students. Get a sneak peak of her work here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjjKi4uryCw
If it’s the third Friday of the month…it’s ELT!
Best, Anand Khurma, MA
Cory Tressler, Office of Distance Education and eLearning, Ohio State University
Nicole Kraft, School of Communication, The Ohio State University