You might wait for someone/something to condone your credentials. To me, it is of even more importance that you always be doing that effort yourself to make sure there is evident of what you are capable of. Why wait passively for some sticker?
Yes, I am side stepping the badges wumpus. With my travel, I’ve honestly not had enough time to try and parse out the bits, so I am holding off judgement. But my gut says there is a whole lot of excitement over something that is still conceptual. Not that there is anything wrong, but look how Tim Berners Lee went about his miracle creation of the web- he built the thing and made it visible before trumpeting it. If he ever did trumpeting.
I digress. Again.
Even if badges turn out to be meaningful, viable, and in my optimist view, I’d prefer that they do and not flop– what the heck are you going to do with them? To me, putting all your future chips in badge means you are waiting on some other entity to confer some status upon you.
But where will people go to see your badge collection?
This all circles back to what you can (and ought to) be doing now- crafting your own corner of the internetz that documents what you can do- that is the being public with your work (not just tweeting your own horn), but having a space where people can really get a sense of what your potential is, how you think, how you write.
It’s not conceptual; in fact, its at least 10 years old.
Badges may turn out to be important decor for your personal web space house, but its on you to build and maintain the house.
And really, for all the powerful messages Jim groom has done over the past few years, is it really only at the University of Mary washington is there a place in higher ed that encourages this “domain of their own” for students? Everywhere else, wrapped in control or FE(a)RPA, we take away this critical opportunity for students to be prepped for the world outside the walls.
UMW Blogs is focused on giving students control over their own learning process, reflections, and take back ownership of their data. What could be more FERPA compliant? I think it is time to reclaim the FUD around FERPA and reinterpret it as it was intended: an act that encourages universities to give students more control over their own data, and by extension their own teaching and learning. Fact is, FERPA is in many ways a parallel to Gardner Campbellâ€˜s idea of â€œstudent as sysadmin of their own educationâ€ â€”that is what we should be actively pursuing as a community dedicated to teaching and learning in the open rather than heading down a road of prohibition further alienating higher education from its mission.
At UMW we are FERPA compliant because we are actively making students sysadmins of their education. Whatâ€™s more, we are encouraging them to interrogate the questions around privacy, digital identity, and the data landscape that will frame their future rather than precluding this conversation all togetherâ€”what could be more anathema to higher education?
Why the _______ is this not spreading among other institutions? I’d say they are doing more harm than good by running in a maternalistic mode.
While badges may eventually provide a piece of the process for students to have evidence of their abilities, I for one do not see much use in a house of badges. You gotta do the building yourself.