Open Badges for Intercultural Competence (OBIC)
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
The go2b project partners are crossing European borders! This time it is Lisette from Globi who was invited by Eumind chair India Jessie Vas to promote the project in Mumbai, India. A group of eight female principals from schools all over Mumbai were eager to learn all about the project. How to recognise and certify the Indian students’ intercultural development? How to strengthen their position for university admission? How can Indian schools become part of this European project? These schools can’t wait for the project to go Global!
The Jan Van Brabant team are on the road again. This time brining Go2B to an Erasmus + conference. What are our intrepid explorers up to? They’re helping to promote Go2B to other interested parties. People that might want to use Go2B to enable mobilities in their own programmes!
Go, go Hans & Nicole.
Here’s one of our Go2B working groups working hard. In the room we have Globi, Lambertus Scholen and Jan Van Brabant. On the 8th of December 2015, the working group got together to start looking at how students could be best prepared to get the most out of their intercultural exchange.
The team have been reviewing a wide range of existing intercultural resources as well as bringing in their own material to create a ‘quality’ set of preparatory resources for Teachers and Students before they go on their exchange. If you’re going to do an exchange you may as well help the Students to get the very best out of that opportunity! So that’s exactly what we’re doing.
Those resources are then going to be built into the digital badge tasks AND be available in the Times Educational Supplement resource bank so lots and lots of Teachers and Students get the benefit of all of this good Erasmus + funded work!
More updates to follow.