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 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 email@example.com for your general request or a registration form.
We hope to see you in Utrecht!
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.
Lot’s of interest from all parties. Honestly, they are talking about work, not just eating food! Everyone’s looking forward to seeing the finished Go2B product!
Alongside the Open Badge Network and the European Badge Network (for EVS) that’s now four (including Go2B) Erasmus + funded badging projects actively talking to one another. European (and maybe even Indian) badge ecosystem ahoy!