We have liftoff!

Starting from NOW the Nordplus project Open Badges for Folkbildning is up and running. We have met in Helsinki for our kick-off meeting, and now things will start happening. I admit i am very excited about our new project, and the positive vibes at the meeting were quite tangible!

We will keep you updated about what we are all about, but in short our 2-year project will

  • Make a skills mapping study for teachers and volunteers
  • Offer a free platform for badge makers during the project
  • Make a good criteria guide for when you design badge descriptions and learning outcomes
  • Offer online and offline training for organizations and others about to start making open badges.

In other words, a whole lot is coming! bookmark this page, and come back often, to keep yourself updated. Tips and comments are also published regularly through our facebook community.

We want your five cents

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A couple of days ago we held our seminar in Helsinki, the Open Day for Open Badges event. As a part of this we also asked particpants (both physical and virtual) for their ideas on what they would like to give badges for, and what they would like to take a badge in. Sound confusing? Relax, it is not. The thing is, we could do with some more ideas.

Please give us your thoughts and ideas here

Programme: Open day for Open Badges 10th of May


Date: 10 May 2016

Venue: Yrjönkatu 18/Georgsgatan 18, G18, Helsinki

Twitter tag: #folkbadge

Padlet: http://padlet.com/minna_pesonen9/openbadges

Follow the streamed session here: https://www.ok-sivis.fi/suorat-lahetykset.html

Please register to help us evaluate how many colleagues the project has reached http://bit.ly/OpenBadges2016

Part 1

10.30 Registration desk open. Coffee, tea and Open Badge Cupcakes. Networking event.

11.00-12.40 Streamed session (English)

12.45 -13.30 Lunch (vegetarian pie)

13.30-15.00 Workshops (Eng, Fin, Swe)

Streamed session details:

11:00-11:10 Welcome /About the project Kerstin Namuth, Project coordinator

11.10-11.20 About Open badges – Minna Pesonen, Sivis Study Centre

11.20-11.25 Share your reflections. Beehives and padlet/Twitter 3 min. Johanni Larjanko, Bildningsalliansen

11.25-11.45 Transforming Voluntary Work into Competence, the Guides and Scouts of Finland, presenter Nina Leino Competence Manager, Roihu Academy

11.45 – 11.55 Open badges in folkbildning – case Sivis Study Centre, Marion Fields Sivis Study Centre

11.55-12.00 Share your reflections. Beehives and padlet/Twitter 3 min. Johanni Larjanko

12.00-12.10 Making or earning a badge in five steps. Infographics presentation. (Johanni Larjanko)

12.10-12.20 Brainstorming session, and discussion based on padlet/Twitter input. Moderator Johanni Larjanko

12.20-12.40 Roadmap2018, where is Europe going with validation, and how? Anni Karttunen, CIMO

Workshops – 13.30-15.00

Workshop 1: Make a badge of your own. Discuss criteria, design, consider platform (Minna Pesonen, OK-Sivis)

Workshop 2: Earn the AdEo badge. Complete the form, collect the evidence, write the reflection (Kerstin Namuth, Folkuniversitetet Göteborg)

This event is organized by the Nordplus Adult project Open Badges for Adult Educators. More about the project at openbadge.wordpress.com


Time to meet!

Collage_project_Open_Badges2Yes, i know. I can hardly believe it either. Suddenly our project is about to end. And of course we will go out with a bang! 10 May 2016 we offer a free seminar and workshop on Open Badges in Helsinki, Finland.

Place: G18, Yrjönkatu 18, Helsinki

10.30 (Coffee, registration and networking)
11.00-12.40 Seminar.
12.40-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.45 Workshops

We will present some cases showing how and why Open Badges can be useful, we will sit down with you and help you get started, we will chart unknown territory together, discussing what the future may hold in store for validation.

The event is organized in two parts:

1. a streamed event where you can hear about how badges are used in non-formal adult education and volunteering, and

2. workshops on how to create your own badges and how to earn a badge to display your skills as an educator. you will also hear about the results of the Open badges for Adult Educators Nordplus project.

In the first part you will hear about trends in Open badges, about how the guides and Scouts of Finland are using badges to transform volunteering into competences, and how badges can give added value to folkbildning.

This event is useful for teachers, principals, education professionals (planning officers, specialists, administrators), people active in NGOs, employers, social partners, staff in Universities and VETs.

You can participate in both parts, or just pick the part most useful to you.
The event is free of charge.

Please register no later than 5 May.

If you cannot make it to Finland or to Helsinki, you can also follow part 1 online! Please register to get the link.

All who participate will receive a badge of participation.

The event is suitable for anyone interested in Open Badges and validation.
Register HERE

Twitter chat on Open Badges


Twitter chat on Open Badges!

Join us in an open discussion on 14 March at 15.30 CET (16.30 in Finland). We will meet online for a one hour Twitter chat. Come and tell others how you are working with Open Badges. Share your resources, inform about tools, webinars and web sites. Ask others about their experiences. Share success stories. Network. Develop new ideas. Get inspired. The event is open for all, beginners and experts alike. A twitter chat is an open event, and it will be just as useful and lively as the participants make it. There is no presentation scheduled, no key note speakers. Just a bunch of us working with Open Badges that will meet and exchange our ideas and experiences.

We will meet under the #-tag #folkbadge.

This twitter chat is organized by the Nordplus Adult project Open Badges for Adult Educators.

What is Open Badges and how do I get started

Webinar on 9 February 2016 at 10.00 CET

What: A free webinar for all interested in validation and the system Open Badges

For whom: Teachers, headmasters, study planners, guidance counsellors, anyone active in organisations/NGO/voluntary work

Why: This webinar explains the rationale behind Open Badges, presents a badge system, allows you to ask questions and discuss experiences and practical uses, such as criteria for badges, forms of evidence from earners, areas where badges can be used etc.

When: 9 February 2016 at 10.00-11.00 CET

Registration: https://www.webropolsurveys.com/S/011EA799FDC78CD0.par

Last day of registration: 5 February

Starring: Eric Rouselle (Discendum – Open Badge Factory), Marion Fields (OK Study Centre)

How it works: The webinar runs on Adobe Connect. You need a computer, a web connection, and speakers. To join in the talk, you need a working microphone. More info at http://oersverige.se/taking-part-in-a-webinar/

Why should you join?

All levels of learning can benefit from being validated. In many ways, validation helps making learning visible. The idea behind Open Badges is simple. A lightweight validation system that can be customised endlessly. Integrated with your online presence. A touch of gamification. An attempt at making learning fun.

But don’t let the flashy graphics fool you. Behind the scenes awarding criteria, transparency issues and system protocols are taken very seriously. If Open Badges are to play a role as a validator of skills, knowledge and competences it must tread a narrow path between ease of use, portability and reliability.

This webinar introduces the concept of Open Badges and looks at where Open Badges are going in 2016. It is intended both for newcomers and those who have been involved with the movement for some time.

All those who participate in the live webinar will receive a participation badge.

The webinar lasts for 60 minutes. If you cannot attend, a recording will be available afterwards. If possible, you should attend the webinar live, as it gives you the opportunity to network and to interact with the presenters and the other participants. Plus, you only get a badge if you attend the live event.

Register here: https://www.webropolsurveys.com/S/011EA799FDC78CD0.par no later than 5 February.

More about the Nordplus project: https://openbadge.wordpress.com/about/

You can follow us on twitter as #Folkbadge

The discussion has already started in our Facebook group. Join us now at https://www.facebook.com/groups/openbadges/

Successful Webinar

Yesterday we had a webinar on Open Badges with the title “Is there a future for Open Badges?” We are very pleased with how it went. The participants took an active part which made this event lively and informative. All who made this happen did an excellent job.

We had a presentation from Ilona Buchem, professor at Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She shared with us her experience of using open badges for immigrants and gave some useful information about the work with badges. Johanni Larjanko talked about our project and answered questions. There were, among other things polls, slides, map, questions and nice atmosphere.

If you missed it you can see the recording here.

Participants got a Badge for the participation. If you were registered and did attend but forgot to apply for the badge you still can. Just play the recording and click the link to apply.
This project is planning another webinar in the beginning of next year. Don’t miss it.