No, not that kind of seal, but close enough! Some time ago, I learned about the Mozilla Open Badges which are a really interesting project. It’s all about using open badges that allows you to verify your skills, interests and achievements through credible organizations and attaches that information to the badge image file, hard-coding the metadata for future access and review (source). This is really inspiring and interesting, allowing people to “prove” even trivial competences and skills that at the time being cannot be accredited properly, or at least be accredited across platforms and systems in a unique and transferable way. If you want to read more about the Mozilla Open Badges, you can follow the source above to get a clearer view of what they’re about.
I used this project as an opportunity to think about quality seals (that’s the term I chose – evidence offered in the presentation in the end of the blog post). I started thinking about the term that can be used and then about how this can be applied to learning resources and their metadata, in a way similar (or at least compatible) with the rationale of the Mozilla Open Badges. As I am discussing in the presentation below, if we take some steps back from the Mozilla Open Badges’ rationale, in the beginning, we have a [concept] (person or object) that passes through a [process] (a QA process) getting one extra [attribute] (mark, seal, badge, etc.) when it passes successfully.
So for me, the equation looks like that:
[concept] + [process] = [enriched concept], whereas [enriched concept] = [concept] + [attribute]
Looking at this in this simplified way, allowed me to better understand (or suspect) the metadata that would be needed to describe such a thing. I have a long way to go still, but the following presentation is a first try at this. In the beginning I tried to “scientifically” decide which term would be more suitable for this kind of quality seal and then discussed a bit more on the concept of seals for learning resources. It’s not the same as the Mozilla Open Badges, as these are directed to a human, and accredit some kind of skill, achievement or experience, whereas the quality seals for LOs are intended for the content itself and they validate the object’s value and not its creator. Or maybe these are two sides of the same coin. How about that? Badge for the person, Seal for the content he/she creates. Maybe turning Mozilla Open Badges on their head, may offer some insights for the case of learning resources as well. And maybe this is also something that is needed (if it’s already out there and I missed it, sorry for that!).
In this mentality of badges and seals, and while snooping around,reading on the topic, I came across and used this amazing tool to create my own badge, which I intend to use on my presentations henceforth! Is it too much? Maybe… Or maybe you want you own now! 😉
On my next article on this (no specific date in mind yet), will try to take a swing at the concept of open quality seals for learning objects and see what happens… Stay tuned! 😉