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Helen DeWaard

Five Flames 4 Learning

Reflecting on GO-GN

Unfolding as we go along – what a great way to describe a PhD experience, and my involvement in the Global Open Graduate Network (GO-GN). I admit to being fascinated by magical, mathematical, moving constructions. I am mesmerized by seemingly … Continue reading

Noan Fresnoux

The Leap Academy

What Might a Sovereign Learner Record Look Like?

In attending an event called YesWay, I had the opportunity to share some of my ideas around what the future of learning could look like, in particular around the documenting and charting of the pathways that learners may take. I call my concept the Sovereign Learner Record (SLR), an ecosystem that enables learners to create and craft a rich and diverse learning portfolio where multiple voices can share feedback and assess them in authentic ways.

There are already tools out there that play many of the roles needed to make the SLR a reality, and with the right audience such a tool could develop into a legitimate alternative to the static and antiquated transcripts that currently are the standard for most school systems.

This article serves as a bit of a roadmap for my thinking around a Sovereign Learner Record, sharing ways that I could imagine this concept turning into a reality.

First some of my design criteria:

The Learner Owns Their Record

One element I have never been at ease with in education is in who ‘owns’ a learners record. With few exceptions it is the institution that they learner studies under. I went to Park Avenue for Elementary School for a year, and my record of learning for that year is stored within that school. They transferred my record to the next school I went to, despite it only representing a single year of my childhood.

What if I had a teacher who did not like me, did not understand my needs or history? I had no control then over my record of learning, a fact that still remains true to this day with (nearly) all my learning records.

The role of any institution, education provider, or assessor (including oneself) can be as simple as delivering a record for the learner to decide how and when they present this information, and to whom.

The Platform Needs to be in the Creative Commons

For an SLR to exist, the tools and methods used should be as open access as possible. Such a system thrives when it can be federated, where data can flow across platforms seamlessly and the user is not held hostage by a single ecosystem or application. Furthermore, an open source backbone allows for other to adapt and grow the concept to meet their needs.

A High Degree of Customization

For something as personal as the learning journey we take, there is no one size fits all. Our current system of doing learning records is incredibly myopic, only shedding a thin perspective on one aspect of the learner. How interesting would it be if we could examine our learning through different lenses? One day a learner could look at themselves through a critical skills perspective, and then immediately examine their cumulative learning experiences through the lens of SDGs by changing the template. Furthermore, learners could create their own lenses that reflect themselves. We could highlight learning experiences as stories that dive more deeply into what makes us unique.

There Needs to be Beauty

This may sound a bit corny, but if we expect such a tool to be regularly used by learners it must be beautiful. UI design in schools is dead on utilitarian (albeit often non-functional), and beauty is glaringly absent in most learning records. It leaves me with little wonder why learners rarely dive into the details of their own records… it is largely text, rarely interactive, and simply does not tell the story of the learning that has happened.

It Must be Simple

We want something that anybody can pick up and just use. While there are many elements that could improve such a system, starting simple is a key.

So with a starter set of criteria in mind (I would love to hear more if you have them!) what tools and resources can we look towards to help develop such an ecosystem? The good news is that there are already a number of pieces in play…

What Already Exists — A Non-Exhaustive List of Cool Things to Explore

OpenBadges

This endeavor in my opinion has so many good qualities, and is already mature enough to be used across a range of fields. The standard creates portable records that have a lot of relevant information contained within a graphic image file. They can be aligned to standards if desired, tagged, narratives can be formed on them, and there are ways to stack them in the event that the learning in a linear fashion is needed.

There are dozens of services that allow you to create and issue OpenBadges, both paid and free. Here are a couple worth checking out:

Moodle

I have been playing in Education Technology for a while, and ever since I started I have always found Moodle, an Open Source Learning Management System (LMS), to align deeply with the values I have. The LMS itself speaks to a content delivery system and an old way of thinking, but the platform does an excellent job at organizing student data. It also can issue OpenBadges automatically or manually.

Moodle could be modified to provide both a directory of learning experiences and a means to house sovereign learning records.

Open Recognition

This is more a concept than a tool, but one that I feel fundamentally fits into the SLR concept. As one can see they have a growing community largely focused around professionals who seek recognition rather than accreditation. This idea could also be extended to younger learners, where instead of purely institutional accreditation, anybody (themselves, their peers, their parents, and educators) would be able to add to the learning record. This Cooperative, We Are Open, has some excellent articles on what Open Recognition is in the workplace and how it could work there. Why not extend it to a younger audience?

Anyhow, I hope that provides a bit of food for thought, and perhaps even some pathways in which the concept of a Sovereign Learner Record could become a usable and real tool for the many independent learners seeking something new and different.

In conjunction with the concept of the SLR is a directory of experiences… I called my project Hifa (the Indonesian word for the hyphae, the strands of fungi that connect much of the plant world through the soil). Take a look at the App to get an understanding of what a distributed learning ecosystem may look like in the future.

Likewise, it is well worth checking out City as a School, another distributed learning ecosystem based in London. They have some really interesting technology in the mix which brings whole new levels of excitement and possibility to the concept.


Moumita Chakraborty

Blank Slate Chronicles


Cari Wilson

This & That – Tuesday’s Technology Tips

Year Round School and The 4 Day Week?

What do you do when the number of students wanting to attend schools in your district vastly exceeds the number of spaces you have? How do you handle the growing number of educators who are leaving the profession; exhausted, discouraged and still years away from retirement? How do students who are fed breakfast and lunch …

Erica Hargreave

Erica’s Speaking Site

Coil Web Monetization Plugin for WordPress – Set Up and Troubleshooting Issues

Coil has created a Web Monetization WordPress plugin. In this post, I walk you through the steps in setting up the Coil Web Monetization WordPress plugin, including troubleshooting of some common set up issues.

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Ahimsa Media Blog

Animated Storytelling Online Summer Camp!

This summer we aim to hone in on the endless imagination and creativity of youth as we teach them animated storytelling in this online summer camp. Together we will enter the exciting world of interactive digital storytelling by creating animated books and stop motion videos.

The post Animated Storytelling Online Summer Camp! appeared first on Ahimsa Media.

StoryToGo Blog


Tannis Morgan

Explorations in the Ed Tech World

Top 5 Health Risks & Hazards of Untreated Water Damage

Water damage can be a devastating problem for homeowners. Whether it’s a burst pipe, a leaking roof, or a natural disaster, it can cause significant harm to your property. However, the consequences of untreated water damage go beyond structural issues. In this article, we will explore the top 5 health risks and hazards associated with […]

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OER in Other Languages

Tajik Persian: Readings in History, Culture and Society

Tajik Persian: Readings in History, Culture and Society seeks to help students develop reading proficiency in Tajik at advanced level through authentic texts written for native speakers and provides them glimpses into the history, culture and society of Tajikistan without losing its focus on cultural aspects of the country—an aspect that constitutes a core component […]

Yvonne Dawydiak

Scarfe Digital Sandbox – UBC Teacher Education Tech Integration Resource

Literature Circles: An Introduction

What are Literature Circles? Literature Circles are small groups of students reading and discussing the same book (AKA reading groups, book groups, or book clubs). One of the main goals of lit circles is for students to enjoy reading and engaging in “open, natural conversations about books” (Daniels, 2002, p. 18). During lit circles, the […]