Good things happen when we work open.
That’s why, when City & Guilds asked Bryan Mathers and I to put together some resources for staff and customers about Open Badges, we decided to create an open course rather than a series of documents. We’re doing it under the auspices of the Think Out Loud Club with everything CC-licensed. The code, originally created by P2PU, is available on GitHub.
While we could sit down and provide all of the content that we think would be appropriate for this course, we’re inviting the community to get involved with this project. All contributions will be, of course, celebrated and credited.
Click here to access the Open Badges 101 course
If you’d like to help out, there’s a call to action on each page that links to further information. You’ll need a (free) GitHub account to comment on the individual issues, but it’s all very straightforward.
While you can just sign up on the site to be updated as the work progresses, I’d encourage you to help us in creating a resource that will be useful to everyone in the Open Badges community!
This week I’ve been:
- Talking with Robert and Liz from Manchester Creative Studio School about using Open Badges for their nascent curriculum.
- Ordering Maker Party swag for Maker Party Newcastle.
- Hosting the (now bi-weekly) Web Literacy Standard community call. You can catch up with that here.
- Adding translation branches to the Web Literacy Standard on Github at the request of several community members.
- Presenting to the weekly Mozilla All-Hands about the Web Literacy Standard on Air Mozilla. I also took up a good chunk of the weekly Webmaker call.
- Tweeting as @WebLitStd in addition to @dajbelshaw.
- Replying to those awesome people who have given feedback on the standard via this form.
- Contacting Mozilla Legal to start the ball rolling for a potential contest to align with the Web Literacy Standard (in the style of the Mozilla Game On competition or MDN Dev Derby).
- Checking out a co-working space in Newcastle courtesy of the good people at Ignite100.
- Planning (with Michelle Thorne) for the v1.0 launch of the Web Literacy Standard at the Mozilla Festival. I wrote an overview blog post about what’s happening next here.
- Advising the Open Badges team on my process for recording community calls and post them for others to catch-up.
- Taking Friday off as holiday to travel down with my family to London(ish) for a 50th birthday party. That’ll be great, but what I’m really looking forward to is going to Legoland afterwards!
Next week I’ll be taking Monday off then I’ll be planning Web Literacy Standard-related stuff and talking to UNESCO and P2PU about various things. If you know of an organization that might be interested in aligning with the standard and being a judge for the contest I mentioned, get in touch!