We have been rolling out a gazillion things in the past month here at Mozilla, with the Summer Code Party campaign kicking off and it has been a while since I blogged here. Well this week it was time for a retreat as I traveled up to Maine to work with Erin on badges and assessments.
We took as a basis all the wonderful web literacy work Doug Belshaw and Michelle Levesque have been doing, as well as everything that we have learned so far from people around the world using our tools. What we tried to do is develop an assessment system that will allow us to issue badges within the next months across our tools.
The process involved a lot of post-it and marker alchemy and for that reason I have named this post “The Alchemy of a Badge”. (which is probably me being biased as a game designer and somewhat inspired by playing too much of Magic The Gathering and Skyrim.)
In plain English that means I will cover some first ideas about assessment.
The Alchemy of a Badge
Alchemy is an art similar to chemistry or cooking, that involves mixing elements together to create potions. These potions might even result to some kind of inner revelation or even an enlightenment of some sort.
I have similarly imagined the art of creating a badge; There are many different elements you include in making a badge , many different ways you mix them all together and at the same time the whole process is part of something bigger, a system of other badges if you will. At the end you have discovered something new about yourself.
In this way badges become meaningful and valuable objects that demonstrate a rich learning experience and are worth pursuing and showcasing.
Poetic thoughts aside, it is time to directly dive into the types of assessments we are considering to create the alchemy of a badge.
1) Granular Skills Badges; These badges are assessed
2)these badges are assessed
- Being expressive, creative and constructive on the Web.
- Participating in the global, digital exchange of methods and resources with a respect for the creative work of others.
- Navigating and understand the community, culture and digital life the Web offers.
- Using various digital spaces to learn about, question and evaluate human perceptions and actions.
- Safely and securely participating in self-expression and civic duties.
- Protecting the Web as a free and open public resource is a civic responsibility.
- Claiming solidarity for protective actions.
- Communicating about and participating in digital life in a respectful manner.
- Recognising and adhering to the ethics or code of practice of one or more online communities.
- Confidently and creatively attempting to solve technical and social problems through incremental and iterative approaches.
- Thinking on multiple levels of abstraction and modularization.