Monthly Archives: January 2012

Badges – MozillaWiki

Learning today happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. But it’s often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen outside of school. Mozilla’s Open Badges project is working to solve that problem, making it easy for anyone to issue, earn and display badges across the web — through a shared infrastructure that’s free and open to all.
The result: helping learners everywhere display 21st century skills, unlock career and educational opportunities, and level up in their life and work. Learn more.


BadgeStack: A Badge-Empowered Learning System – Produced by LearningTimes

BadgeStack is an innovative system with a game-like approach that assesses skills, recognizes learner achievement, sparks community, and excites learners of all ages.
BadgeStack recognizes achievements that usually go unrecognized when learning happens outside of traditional venues and settings. It’s rare to get official acknowledgment for the things we do every day, like: learning from or helping peers in a favorite online community, picking up or sharing new skills during an online conference or workshop, or working with others to solve real-world problems in a multiplayer online game. BadgeStack changes that

University of Wisconsin-Stout “Games Course” Goes Live with BadgeStack | BadgeStack Project

Here’s a real “meta” scenario: An online graduate-level course about the use of games and badges in learning — being offered in BadgeStack, replete with Mozilla-compatible badges for the learners taking the course.
Our very own Susan Manning, Ed.D. — senior instructional and badge system designer at LearningTimes — is leading this four-week course entitled, “Using Games for Learning and Assessment.” It is offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stout, through their School of Education’s Online Professional Development program.

Netiquette – Tell The Truth Online

Tell the truth in your online profiles because honesty online creates the best user experience. It’s good netiquette.
Tell the truth online and in your profiles because honesty creates the best online experience. Accurate information allows others to communicate with you effectively and connects you to those who access your profile. Therefore, telling the truth makes your internet experience better because others can communicate effectively with you.

Incredible Blended Learning Resources: Autodesk Education Community

I’ve had a chance to delve deeply into the free project based, media rich, training programs offered by Autodesk.  Great videos, excellent online tools, and very strong educator guides make these materials a great opportunity for anyone teaching in the STEAM arena: (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics.)   Don’t miss this opportunity! ~ Dennis
Download Autodesk software for free. Join millions of students and teachers in the Education Community to learn the same software used by professionals worldwide.

Google Voice – Google Teacher Academy Resources

Here’s a resource page rich in information about how to use Google Voice in education.
You’ll find a number of videos, links to blogs, links to help pages, and list of suggestions about how to use this free tool to set up homework hotlines, gather scientific data, extend foreing language classes and spech classes. 
Clever Ideas provided by Lead Learners: Danny Silva, Cory Pavicich, & Henry “Hank” Thiele

Grading Open Educational Resources for Class — Campus Technology

Can learning analytics be used with open educational resources to provide a new view of online learning? 
Mary Mary Grush:
“Part of the allure of the social web is that you can interact with anybody, anytime. As an academic, you may get feedback from many different perspectives–from swirling students, from practitioners in the professions, as well as from other academics. In a way, the chaos of the web can be informative and beneficial to us as designers and educators.”

11 Tips for Setting the Tone in Your Online Course – Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus

By: Errol Craig Sull in Online Education
The cliché that you only get one chance to make a first impression is especially true when you teach online. Each item you post—email, discussion message, announcement, etc.—must be created with much thought, and none is more important than the first post to your class.
It is a delicate creation, this first post, but once you know how, it can be pivotal in getting your class off in the right direction.