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The Identified Informal Learner: Recognizing Assessed Learning in the Open

Law, Patrina (2016). The Identified Informal Learner: Recognizing Assessed Learning in the Open. In: Bliss, TJ and Blessinger, Patrick eds. Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education. Open Book Publishers, pp. 137–158.

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Badged open courses (BOCs) were piloted on the OpenLearn platform by the Open University (OU) in the UK in 2013. These are free online course upon the completion of which, digital badges are awarded. Based on the evaluation of their impact, they now form a key strand to the OU’s free learning provision, embracing Open Educational Practices at their core. The first permanent suite of BOCs was launched on OpenLearn in 2015 and evaluated for impact, both from an outreach and a business perspective. The application of a branded open digital badge, with associated assessment and feedback has provided a mechanism to motivate and reward informal learners whilst also generating a higher than expected click-through to make an enquiry about becoming a formal student.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: Open Book Publishers
Keywords: digital badging, OER, MOOCs, open badges, informal learning, motivation, OpenLearn
Academic Unit/School: Learner and Discovery Services (LDS) > Open Media & Informal Learning (OMIL)
Learner and Discovery Services (LDS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 48051
Depositing User: Patrina Law
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2016 16:14
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 11:37
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