In this post, we discuss a new collaboration between Dr. Lorena Barba and her team at George Washington University, Open edX, IU's Center for Research on Learning and Technology, and IBL Studios. This collaboration will implement digital badges in Dr. Barba's new MOOC, "Practical Numerical Methods with Python."
As part of our new MacArthur-funded project, we are happy to announce a new collaboration between Lorena Barba and her team, Ned Batchelder and others at Open edX, IU's Center for Research on Learning and Technology, and IBL Studios. This effort includes building in badging capability with Dr. Barba's recently-launched massive open online course (MOOC), "Practical Numerical Methods with Python," on the Open edX platform. The press release from George Washington University details the structure of the course and the shared teaching responsibilities from universities in Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and Chile. Dr. Barba is an Associate Professor of Engineering at GW, and effort has been multiple departments. Starting this August, over 2,800 students enrolled in the course.
badges issued in Indiana's Big Open Online Course within the Google Course Builder platform. But, Dr. Barba quickly recognized the impossibility of viewing public pages in Open edX (because a log-in authentication is needed); however, she quickly suggested a work-around by linking work to student course work in GitHub because the pages are publicly viewable. As far as we know, this is the first time anyone has considered using links to student work in GitHub as evidence in digital badges. This is a promising start because it might link the open coding context of GitHub with open badges.
The collaborative team has set the goal of issuing digital badges by mid-November to students who complete built-in assessments with proficiency. In the long-term, our collaboration will build toward gradual, but wide-ranging, stand-alone implementation across the Open edX platform and beyond. With a firm commitment to open education, our collaboration ambitiously hopes to integrate digital badging across multiple platforms from a future case library of lessons learned. We will write about the successes and challenges so our efforts may be patterned by others in the near future.