Open Badges for Intercultural Competence
Jan van Brabant is one of the nine Brainport schools for secondary education
Brainport schools are going to adopt Open Badges for some extra-curricular activities,including international exchanges. Read more about Brainport and badges
Brainport is situated in the southern part of the Netherlands. Brainport is a close-knit partnership of industry, research, education and government that sets the parameters to enable the Brainport region to maintain and strengthen its position as a top technology region.
The coordinators of the Go2B project, Nicole Verhoeve and Hans Vasse (Jan van Brabant College) presented the Go2B project at the annual conference of the network of bilingual schools (TTO) Utrecht. 21 September 2016
Participants from Finland, the Netherlands and Belgium took part in the training course.
A five-day training event that has fully equipped the participants to be a go2b provider;
During this training the participants have learnt using digital badges to recognise their students intercultural learning
At DigitalMe we’ve been up to all kinds of things in the background for Go2B and we’ve been trying new and innovative things on our Open Badge Academy platform too.
Badging Malmö – A Learning Adventure
Kevin is a little bit badge obsessed so.rather than enjoying his holiday in beautiful Sweden he decided to see if he could create a badge challenge. It was a bit of a trial to see if it could work as a way for exchange students to develop inter-cultural skills & knowledge but in a fun and dynamic way. The idea needs ‘tweaking’ and developing further but you can see his 1st efforts here.
Wouldn’t it be great if an exchange coordinator in one country created one or more of these for students visiting on an exchange? Mobile phones as a tool for learning and evidencing that learning through badges. The possibilities!
Deal – Talking between Erasmus + Programmes
Kevin went back to his roots in Birmingham to join 30 + people from around Europe, working with young people in formal and informal settings. Why? To look at best practice in the field of employability skills for young people. Did he mention Go2B and the badging programme? Of course he did!
As part of those discussions, he spoke about the Go2B project and it’s ability to showcase young people’s skills to potential employers. The very work that our Lead Partners, Hans & Nicole are looking at through the Brainport network. We’ve also a few other Brainport employer developments around badging to talk about but we’ll leave that to Hans and Nicole to introduce.
Open Badge Community Call – Our Friends at Badgecraft
As DigitalMe (now part of the City & Guilds Group) & Open Badge Academy we’re really open to working with other badging platforms and discussing the application of badges around the world. This is one of the reasons we take part in the open badge community calls.
In the last call we bumped into Badgecraft (again), based in Lithuania who are currently looking at a project around badging European volunteering. It was great to hear them talk about how they’re using badges to promote and support European mobilities. It also gave Kevin the opportunity to introduce Go2B to an international online audience.
As Badgecraft’s mobility work is a natural follow-on from Go2B, we’ll be keeping in touch with them to see how we can work together in the field of young people, European mobility and badges.
Till our next blog.
Kevin & Matt
We’re Matt and Kevin, we’re from DigitalMe based in Leeds in the UK. We’re ‘chuffed to bits’ to be working on the Go2B project and think we’ve got some really great partners to make it all happen.
It’s taking a lot of though power from us all to badge a programme (skills and learning) that doesn’t fit easily into obvious categories like, for example, badging something such as ‘digital skills’. These are obviously more clear-cut whereas badging soft skills or capabilities is much more of a challenge. But we’re getting there and the Helsinki partner meeting was a huge leap forward in understanding thanks to much of the work that Globi have done around the intercultural competence model.
Dissemination or promotion of Go2B is obviously one of our key shared project outcomes. We see the creation of the Recognised Provider Academy and the Healthcheck tool as really important methods for Go2B to self-promote itself in the future. The Healthcheck tool especially as a ‘teaser’ for the Go2B programme. So we’ve been cracking on with that, to be unveiled very shortly (just needs the gloss paint adding!).
We’re lucky at DigitalMe, because ourselves and our sister organisation, Makewaves have been working with schools for a number of years. This means we can tell thousands of schools about Go2B through our monthly newsletters. We’ve only used this so far to call for UK partners but now we’re getting a much clearer picture of what Go2B looks like, we’ll soon be in a better position to really promote the project using our newsletters and social media accounts!
In the meantime, we’ve been: [Pictures to follow]
We had a cunning plan to not only help Hans and JvB track Go2B Awareness but also to introduce people to the concept of badges. What we’re going to do is create a Go2B Aware badge that can be issued via email where we have spoken to a person in a given organisation. Clever huh? There’s loads of ways you can use badges and tracking engagement is one of them.
The 20th to the 22nd March saw all of the Go2B Partners getting together to push on forward with the development of the programme. We were ably hosted by Ilpo Halonen for the meeting and enjoyed the great facilities of Tikkurila Upper Secondary in Tikkurila (about 20 minutes out of Helsinki city centre).
Globi took the opportunity to talk through with the Partners the development and underpinning theory behind the model of intercultural competence that they have developed through testing. This model was re-visited throughout the meeting as it underpins the entire Go2B programme and badges.
The DigitalMe partners demonstrated the development of the Go2B student badge academy so far and detailed how it aligns to the intercultural competency model developed by Globi through their research with teachers and students. It’s still a work in progress but you can find the student badge academy here.
All partner also tested taking a badge for themselves!
A significant portion of the meeting was given over to running through the Teacher toolkit creating the statements that demonstrate what a good exchange is in terms of student outcomes. In addition to this what resources are required to support that delivery and where/how those resources should be held. This was led by Hans and Nicole of JvB. You can trace this work through to Go2Find (our resource holder) and the initial version of the Go2B Planner badge for teachers.
Discussions were also held on how to enable Teachers to ‘health check’ their exchange (based on the student outcomes) and how to enable them to be pointed to the training and resources required to address any gaps (to Go2B optimise their exchange). DigitalMe were tasked with creating an online tool that will enable this to happen.
The initial plan and content for the 5 day training in Utrecht for Teachers in September was discussed at length. The Utrecht training event will see the pilot of a badged Go2B Recognised Provider status.
Lots of other things were discussed and there are more progress updates to follow!
Thanks for reading.
The Go2B Team
We’ve got the training and we really want to use it to help you optimise your exchange to enable your students to get the most out of their experience. We can support you to effectively use intercultural badges to recognise your students learning and skills development – helping you to unlock their future opportunities.
Join the go2b training event from the 26th – 30th of September in Utrecht, the Netherlands! After this event your school will be ready and equipped to support your students to use go2b digital badges for intercultural learning!
Intercultural skills – we are all convinced that these are essential for students. What are these skills exactly, how are they developed , how can we assess and recognise intercultural learning outcomes gained during exchanges and give students a platform to showcase it to the world?
The go2b consortium started collaboration in September 2015 to provide schools with a system to work with ‘ Badges for intercultural learning’. Students can show what they learn during exchanges, how they did, what materials they have used to do so and what skills they have developed. Their learning experience is made concrete! Not only practical and fun for students themselves, but also valuable for their admission for future studies or at job interviews.
During this five-day training week we provide school management and educators with practical tools to start badging their students’ intercultural learning. How to best prepare students for an exchange? What activities are needed to ensure intercultural learning? What are digital badges? How to measure intercultural skills? And how to implement this system at your school? All of these subjects are addressed extensively during the training and help you to become a recognised go2b provider!
When 26 – 30 September
Where Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Event fee €175 (covers full programme, materials, lunches and coffee breaks)
For more information and admission check: Invitation Training Event Go2b (limited seats available). Questions or interested to join the event? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for your general request or a registration form.
We hope to see you in Utrecht!