Welcome to the geocreds community.
First of all, welcome. Angelo and I have been developing this location to help to bring badges to the geo community. Over the course of summer and fall 2013 we will be doing a series of pilot projects using badges in Higher Education in different ways. I welcome you to learn more about our pilot projects.
Why do we need a community for geocreds?
First of all, we need a community for the management of our badges and learning content, that is integrated with a login. This is essential from a technical perspective.
Additionally, the community provides the opportunity for learning geo to be more social, as an online community offers the opportunity to see what badges others have earned, and to support each other as they work toward these mini-goals.
Finally, it offers transferability. The badges here are issued by geocreds, and can then be ported to your Mozilla Open Backpack to be displayed on your website, blog, or other location.
If you visit my website, for example, you can see that I have put badges from my Backpack onto the sidebar.
Why should I join the community?
If you are interested in badges for Geo, then you may want to join the community. This way, you can see how this project develops with our 3 pilot projects over the fall 2013, and connect with other people who are thinking about how to use badges for technology training. A big part of learning with badges is creating content and making it very interactive and fun, and if you might have an idea for a badge, or have an existing online course or module, we can help to set up a badge for that.
Where do I start?
To get started in the Geocreds community, you first need to join. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND adding a picture (if you don’t, you may get deleted when we clean out the SPAM) and add some information to your profile. Then you can click around and get a feel for what we have set up, and see how this all works. In addition, I recommend spending some time learning about Mozilla Open Badges, and make sure you sign up for your backpack. This way, you can earn a couple of badges and see how this new ecosystem may work.
Educause has been a champion for badges over 2012 and 2013, so you may want to read through some of their resources, such as their “7 things you should know about…” resources. Additionally, Educause has published articles on badges such as “Digital Badges for Professional Development” by Veronica Diaz. Investigate further Educause resources on digital badges if you are interested.
Finally, if you are interested in what is being said about badges, here are two ways to stay current. First, you can join our Diigo group called edubadges, or just follow the links. Second, there is an active discussion on a daily basis on Twitter on the hashtag #openbadges. That is a great place to stay current on recent development with badge initiatives.
Thank you for visiting, and I look forward to interacting with you. Feel free to contact Angelo or myself if you are interested in collaborating or learning more.