The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is reaching out to our global community of thought leaders, faculty, innovators and practitioners to bring you insights from the field of online, blended and digital learning. This week, Dr. Errin Heyman, instructor for the OLC Institute workshop Introduction to Digital Badges, joins us to discuss the need to pay attention to government and accreditor regulations, K-12 pedagogy, as well as the “in between” space of badging, among other topics.
How do you define innovation?
Is this a trick question?! In my opinion, Innovation is the ability to ‘see ahead’ and the willingness to try something new.
OLC’s Institute offerings help professionals stay current in their prospective fields, and often times assist in the advancement of their profession. What do you believe are the top 3 ways in which professionals in our field can stay current and move ahead?
- Always explore–research, articles, conferences, your colleagues and networks.
- Pay attention to the government and accreditor regulations. These are sometimes moving targets, but they can inform direction.
- Pay attention to K-12 and what is happening in that space–and how the students approach learning and the classroom.
There are many opportunities to teach online. Why did you choose OLC and which Institute course(s) do you teach for OLC?
OLC has such a great name in the online development space, having been one of the first organizations to begin to offer professional and instructional development with online approaches, issues, and recognition. It’s an honor to be able to be connected with such a pioneering organization.
What are the 3 most important things prospective participants should know about the course you teach?
- We are all learners and it’s important to learn from each other.
- Badging is in an interesting “in between” space–where it is still new to education, so much is still yet to be developed, but there are definite emerging best practices we can consider.
- Exploration can help shape planning efforts, so we will do some exploring!
More about Badging
Although digital badges stemmed from the gaming world, and then found their way into MOOC frameworks, badges have now found their way into wider uses in education and the use of badges has been gaining momentum in recent years. Badges carry with them evidence of achievement of skills and competencies; therefore, badging can also empower learners by allowing them share evidence of their accomplishments and skills with broader communities.
About Errin Heyman, EdD