Open Digital Badges for European Learning Mobility

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Serious fun of using badges in European learning mobilityLaimonas Ragauskas, @laimis001Nerijus Kriauciunas, @badgecraftContextThe terms 'Learning mobility in the field of youth' refer to the mobility of young people across countries, inside and outside Europe, in formal and non-formal learning settingsLearning mobility takes place in the frame of exchange programmes with the aim of promoting and developing personal and professional competences, communication, interpersonal and intercultural skills, and active citizenship among others.Every year the European Union supports more than 400,000 young people to work, train and study abroad.2 Badge AllianceEuropean Badge Alliance (EBA) is a strategic partnership of organisations and institutions active in learning mobility and committed to the quality and recognition of learning and achievements using Open digital badges.EBA aims at using Open digital badges to innovate the recognition, validation and communication processes of key competences acquired by young learners and staff in non-formal learning contexts, especially through experiences of learning mobility abroad.Co-funded through EU Erasmus+ Programme3 Partners4European tools in focus5 https://www.youthpass.euhttps://www.youthpass.eu for youth exchanges6On-boarding badge claimed with codeSpecial Powers - bonus badgeBadge quest:3 out 5 tasksUnlock 5 other badgesBadge quest: 4 out 5 tasksBadge quest:3 out 5 tasksBadge quest:3 out 5 tasksBadge quest:3 out 5 tasksBadge quest:all tasks or nothingBadge quest:3 out 5 tasks7Badges for European Voluntary Service83 on-boarding badges issued via email/claim code8 fun badges issued via email/claim code24 badges for each key-competence area issued after completing questsLevel 1 badge quest:1 of 3 tasksLevel 2 badge quest:3 of 6 tasksLevel 3 badge quest:4 of 7 tasksExample of EVS badge questBadge description:The first level badge of the sense of initiative and entrepreneurship competence. That means that volunteer managed to do the first and important step into implementation of their own initiative exploring the needs of the people they collaborate with.Task 1: Set up the meeting with your hosting organization, learn about their activities and find out the possibilities what kind of initiative you can implement during EVS project and share them with us! Evidence type: text input, verified by 1 project memberTask 2: This competence is also about flexibility and looking for different and creative ways of doing things. Do you want to become Flexy sexy? Than just do something without using any special resources. You asking us how? Just find your way, do it and share with us your experience! Evidence type: file upload, verified by 1 project memberTask 3: As it is about initiative and entrepreneurship...create your own task! Evidence type: verified by 1 mentor 9Badges for Youth Workers mobility10On-boarding badge claimed with codeSpecial topic badge:3 of 5 tasks14 badges for key-competence areasPersonal competence:3 of 5 tasksProfessional competence:3 of 5 tasksUnlock 9 other badgesBadge quest:4 of 5 tasksBadges for strategic partnerships11Badge systems in progress_Badges for school exchanges_Badges for Vocational Education and Training mobility_Badges for Erasmus practice placements_Badges for international facilitators12 Be serious about badges, but have some fun too_Consider adequate resources for design and testing phases_Well embed badges into learning processes_Include possibilities to add verified evidence of achievements_Relate to existing competence frameworks and recognition tools_Use elements of gamification_Create playful and colourful design_Have lightweight implementation_Dare to challenge traditional thinking of credentials_Play with numbers13Thank you!14Badgecraft team,, @badgecraftSome useful references_Learning mobility and non-formal learning in European contexts. Policies, approaches and examples, Badge Alliance, _Mozilla Open Badges, https://www.openbadges.org_Badgecraft, _European Unions Erasmus+ Programme, _Europass, https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu_Youthpass, for Lifelong Learning, images for youth exchanges, 15