Making Informal Recognition Visible and Actionable (MIRVA)

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.

Project Summary

Context/background

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.

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Open Badge Challenges

Seven years ago, 10 challenges were issued to the international ePortfolio community at the 2010 ePortfolio and Identity Conference (ePIC).
These challenges outlined a future vision to make ePortfolio technology and practice more open, flexible and interoperable, so that ePortfolios could more openly recognize and celebrate lifelong and lifewide learning and achievement
One year later, at the 2011 Mozilla Drumbeat Festival, Open Badges emerged as a flexible open ePortfolio technology to support stackable and transferable recognition, answering many of the challenges. But Open Badges also raised new challenges.
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 in Bologna.

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

Reference: The 10  ePortfolio Challenges published in 2010

Call for an Open Recognition Alliance

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

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Why Do We Need an Open Recognition Alliance?

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Welcome on bord!

Déclaration de Bologne pour une Reconnaissance Ouverte

Vers une architecture ouverte pour la reconnaissance des acquis des apprentissages

En 1999, la Déclaration de Bologne a proposé un espace européen de l’enseignement supérieur dans lequel les étudiants et les diplômés pouvaient se déplacer librement entre les pays, en utilisant des qualifications antérieures obtenues dans un pays comme conditions acceptables d’entrée pour continuer leurs études dans un autre. Ceci a lancé le processus de Bologne de réforme des systèmes de qualification, qui a été depuis adopté par 50 pays.

En 2008, une large coalition d’éducateurs, de fondations et de pionniers de l’Internet a lancé la déclaration du Cap pour une éducation libre et ouverte , demandant aux gouvernements et aux éditeurs de rendre le matériel éducatif librement accessible sur Internet. Avant et depuis lors, un mouvement ouvert de ressources éducatives s’est développé de façon significative, avec des initiatives telles que la Conférence annuelle sur l’éducation ouverte aux Etats-Unis, l’organisation internationale OERu , la Déclaration de Paris sur les REL par l’UNESCO en 2012 et, bien sûr, Creative Commons, avec nous depuis 2003.

Aujourd’hui, en 2016, une nouvelle coalition d’acteurs de l’éducation publie la déclaration de Bologne pour une reconnaissance ouverte : un appel à une architecture ouverte universelle pour la reconnaissance des apprentissages tout au long de la vie.

Vous trouverez le texte complet de la déclaration ici.