24th October 2017 in Bologna will be launched a 3 years project sponsored by the European Commission: Making Informal Recognition Visible and Actionable (MIRVA).
Beyond the project’s current partnership, we are looking for Associate Partners interested in exploring with us how to make informal recognition visible and actionable.
MIRVA will be an active participant in the 15th ePIC conference where we will be starting to work on the definition of an Open Recognition Framework.
Recognising non-formal and informal learning is increasingly seen as a way of improving lifelong and lifewide learning, employability and citizenship. More European countries are emphasising the importance of making visible and valuing learning that takes place outside formal education and training institutions, for example at work, in leisure and social time activities and at home. Open Badges, the open standard for the recognition of learning achievements has proved the power of a simple, affordable, resilient and trustworthy technology to create an ecosystem supporting the recognition of informal learning working across countries, educational sectors, work, social environments and technologies. Yet, the current achievements have been limited to the ‘formal recognition of informal learning’; the opportunities offered by Open Badges to support the ‘informal recognition of informal learning’ have yet to be explored.
Such is the objective of MIRVA: Making Informal Recognition Visible and Actionable.
With the release of the new Open Badges 2.0 specification providing a support for ‘Open Endorsement’, the Open Badge initiative is entering into a new phase: we now have with ‘Open Endorsement’ a unique opportunity for exploring the potential of ‘informal recognition of informal learning’. As Open Badges can now be ‘endorsed’ by any person or institution to accredit informally their value and currency, we now have the potential to move back the centre of gravity of recognition towards the informal space’ providing individuals with greater agency in a recognition process currently dominated by institutions of formal education. Open Badges and Open Endorsements offers the possibility to create a continuum between formal and informal recognition.
In 2017, the ePIC organizers are inviting the Open Badge community to define the most important challenges that Open Badge technology and practice need to solve today in order to make possible the dreams of tomorrow.
With your help, we’ll develop the Open Badge Challenges for public release at the international Day of Open Recognition, on October 25, 2017, on the first day of ePIC 2017
Join us this Wednesday to help us define the key challenges facing Open Badges today, for compilation and release on international Open Recognition Day, October 25th.
Open Recognition Alliance Community Call Wed April 12th, 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm UTC
In October 2016, a group of educational visionaries met in Bologna and launched the Bologna Open Recognition Declaration (bord), calling for the creation of an Open Architecture for the recognition of all forms of learning. The declaration remains open for public endorsement via signature and the opportunity to claim a badge. (Link)
Since then, recent announcements/events in the community have prompted discussions which led to the idea to create an Open Recognition Alliance to carry the open recognition vision forward.
Join the conversation!
The first Open Recognition Alliance Community Call will be January 4th, 2017
9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET | 5:00 pm UTC
Why Do We Need an Open Recognition Alliance?
Bologna Open Recognition Declaration
Toward an Open Architecture for the Recognition of Learning Achievements
In 1999, the Bologna Declaration proposed a European Higher Education Area in which students and graduates could move freely between countries, using prior qualifications in one country as acceptable entry requirements for further study in another. This launched the Bologna qualification reform process, which has now been adopted by 50 countries.
In 2008, a broad coalition of educators, foundations, and Internet pioneers launched the Cape Town Open Education Declaration, urging governments and publishers to make educational materials available freely over the internet. Before and since then, an open educational resources movement has been growing significantly, featuring initiatives such as the annual Open Education Conference in the US, the international OERu, the Paris OER Declaration by UNESCO in 2012 and, of course, Creative Commons, with us since 2003.
Now, in 2016, a new coalition of learning stakeholders is issuing the Bologna Open Recognition Declaration: a call for a universal open architecture for the recognition of lifelong and lifewide learning achievements.
You will find the text of the full declaration here.