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Why I’m becoming a MoFo(er).

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There’s something I’ve been bursting to tell people for the last few weeks. It’s something that will come as no surprise to some and a bit of a shock to others.

I’m joining the Mozilla Foundation.

I can’t tell you how excited I am! As ‘Badges and Skills Lead’ I’ll be both continuing the work started by Michelle Levesque on web literacies and evangelising Open Badges.

The last couple of years with JISC infoNet have been fantastic but I had to take such a wonderful opportunity! I’m fortunate to be both leaving and joining an extremely friendly, effective and forward-thinking team.

If you have any questions I’ll do my best to answer them in the comments below!

  • karen (@kfasimpaur)

    Awesome. Congratulations! 

    • Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Karen! :-D

  • John Martin

    Doug, this is great! I can’t wait to see how your edu background helps to shape this initiative. Please let me know how I can help!

    • Doug Belshaw

      Thanks John – it’s all about the community, so I’ll very much be borrowing everyone’s brains! :-D

  • Oliver

    Congratulations. Very exciting stuff!

    • Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Oliver! :-D

  • mhawksey

    Awesome! A perfect fit :-)

  • John

    Well done. Let’s hope your work leads to a re-assessment of our out dated qualifications infrastructure.

  • Doug Belshaw

    Thanks Martin! :-D

  • Doug Belshaw

    Thanks John – I think we’re aiming for augmentation (first!) :-D

  • paul martin

    Congrats.  A long commute ? (now the kicker)  I note the badges you display and observe that they are a bit dull.  My students regard badges as a fashion item with a cycle of use.  The same could not be said of the certificate competition which gather dust and get lost at the most inconvenient time.  The shiny add-ons do not impress me either; I have always felt that a picture of the teacher would be better – with the added benefit, in my case of discouraging wall hanging of such documents.

    • Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Paul. The badges are as dull as you make them! ;-)

      • paul martin

        Worse than dull badges are apologetic graduation ceremonies.  Can you believe in Aberdeen Uni its all done in Latin and worse in Edinburgh the academics spout ad nauseam with the only redemption being a star turn by Michael Palin, Sadly the 2nd time we went, to a postgrad event, there was no circus rep nor free teas

  • Martin Hughes

    AWWWWWWWWYEAHHHH! #thatisall :)

  • Joe Wilson

    superb news and look forward to working with you – well done !

  • Chris Lawrence

    Welcome aboard!

  • jfb57

    I’m so pleased for you & me Doug! I’ve chatted to Sunny Lee about sorting out some Open badges for 100 Word Challenge so I will definitely be getting in touch. Could you point me in the direction of someone who could help with the design? 

    Julia Skinner

    • Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Julia! Do you mean the design of the badges?

  • Daniel Stucke

    Congratulations Doug – look forward to seeing how you help shale the future of badges et al – will be in touch :)

  • Daniel Stucke

    Or even shape ;)

    • Doug Belshaw

       Thanks Dan! Look forward to working with you in future. :-D

  • jfb57

    Yes but I’m still at the early stages of understanding so support with the whole concept would be great!

    • Doug Belshaw

      Cool, look forward to having a conversation soon. :-)


    So how about a 1 minute manifesto “Why Badges”?

    • Doug Belshaw

      Great idea! :-)

  • Kevin McLaughlin

    Brilliant to hear your news Doug and what a company to work for. The Open Badges movement now has a very strong voice.

    • Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Kevin! :-)

  • stevemargetts

    Congratulations, Doug.  Very excited to see how you can impact their work in education.  Particularly interested how you can reshape the computing/ICT curriculum through the use of badges.  Best wishes.

  • Ben Kiley

    Ermmm, you want to reconsider the title of the post. Mofo in street language means something quite different…

  • Dave Stacey

    Late to the party, but just wanted to add my voice to the cacophony of congratulations above. Looking forward to reading about the next phase! Good luck matey :)

    • Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Dave! :-)

  • johnjohnston

    Even later here Doug, Congrats, an interesting development in your career. sounds like an exciting gig. You might be interested in the glew project, that has a roadmap that includes badges. Very ambitious project.

    • Doug Belshaw

      Hi John, and thanks! I’d seen Glew (briefly!) and have talked to Joe Wilson about it, but didn’t realise badges was on the roadmap. :-)

  • cammyh

    Congrats! You definitely fall in the catergory of leaders I described in my latest blog post “Why Facebook is Not Apple” Would love for you to check it out. 

  • OllieBray

    Just caught up on your news! Well done! OB

    • Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Ollie! :-D

  • fboss

    Great news and the best of luck with it. Just got my first few badges myself only last week when trying out the P2PU and think it’s a great idea. Coder Dojo, here in Ireland also looking into using them, from what I hear – one of many I guess.

    • Doug Belshaw

      Thanks! Good to hear Coder Dojo is looking to use badges. :-)

  • Stephen Downes

    Good stuff. Congratulations.

    • Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Stephen! :-)

  • xlearn

    Ah ha! So that’s why I’ve had to pick up one of your ‘gigs’! Congratulations!!

    • Doug Belshaw

      Yep, sorry about that Lils! :-)

  • Mark Kerrigan

    Congratulations – Sounds like a fantastic opportunity! Stay in touch and thanks for all your help & support. M.

    • Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Mark! :-)

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