Update: This will now take place at P2PU.org
At the Thinking Digital Conference 2011 Nicole Yershon, Director of Innovative Solutions at Ogilvy mentioned an idea that immediately struck a chord with me. The idea? Having a semester of learning. This, of course, is a term loosely borrowed from universities but the way Nicole described and applied it (before I drifted off into a reverie of what I could spend a semester learning about) was much more self-directed and informa.
I’d like to propose a collaborative semester of learning.
After being initially sceptical, I’m now super-excited about the revolutionary potential of Mozilla’s Open Badges project and I want to investigate it further. I want to go beyond the type of research I would do for a single blog post and go a lot more in depth.
I have a feeling some may wish to join me in this.
Mozilla’s project in a nutshell:
- Today’s learning happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. But it’s often difficult to get credit for it.
- Mozilla and Peer 2 Peer University are working to solve this problem by developing an Open Badges infrastructure.
- Our system will make it easy for education providers, web sites and other organizations to issue badges that give public recognition and validation for specific skills and achievements.
- And provide an easy way for learners to manage and display those badges across the web — on their personal web site or resume, social networking profiles, job sites or just about anywhere.
- The result: Open Badges will help learners everywhere unlock career and educational opportunities, and regonize skills that traditional resumes and transcripts often leave out.
I’m proposing the following as a basic minimum for this semester of learning:
- It lasts about six weeks, from Saturday 13th August to the end of September.
- Participants pool their findings and have asynchronous discussions (location TBC)
- Synchronous discussions as and when required.
The whole thing would be very light-touch, completely interest-based and informal. We’ll experiment with approaches for badge-giving within communities both educational and otherwise and, well, generally just see how it goes.
So… you in? (let me know in the comments)