[p2pu-dev] P2PU Launches a New Version of Badges--Please Read & Share

Vanessa Gennarelli vanessa at p2pu.org
Thu Mar 21 18:54:09 UTC 2013

Hey y'all--here is a detailed primer of how Badges now work on
http://badges.p2pu.org/en/.  Please share this post: http://ow.ly/jilCz

Get Feedback on a Project You Love: P2PU Launches a New Version of Badges

As Grantees of the Digital Media and Learning
Peer 2 Peer University has created a platform for anyone who wants to make
and issue Badges. We launched *badges.p2pu.org <http://badges.p2pu.org/en/>* at
the DML Conference in Chicago last week to an amazing response. Folks were
very receptive to our project-based and feedback-driven approach. Here's a
bit of a walkthrough on what that means, and how you can use it.

*How it Works.*

Everyone is an Expert in something. Maybe you know how to make the perfect
costume for your pet <http://www.flickr.com/photos/isaachsieh/2948306815/>.
Or you bring objects to life via 3D-drafting and
The point is that we're a curious crew that's down to learn how to make the
next thing--whether it be digital, analog or abstract. Sound about right?

At P2PU, Badges are a way to recognize and support your expertise as you
evolve. If you see a Badge on badges.p2pu.org
<http://badges.p2pu.org/en/> that's
in line with a Project you're working on, you can submit it for feedback
from an Expert.

[image: Badge1]<http://info.p2pu.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Badge11.png>

When you submit your Project, we'll ask you to step out what you did, and
reflect a bit on what you'd do differently. This might seem obvious to you
as the creator of your masterpiece, but it'll help you get more targeted
feedback (we promise).

[image: Badge2] <http://info.p2pu.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Badge2.png>

We'll notify an Expert that your Project is ready. An Expert is someone who
either a.) made the darn Badge in the first place, or b.) submitted a
Project which demonstrated their wizardry. They'll come to your Project in
short order, and deliver some robust suggestions for your individual needs.
You'll see that the feedback comes as *Kudos, Questions* and *Concerns*:

[image: Badge3] <http://info.p2pu.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Badge3.png>

>From here you'll either be awarded the Badge, or prompted to take a look at
the feedback and improve your project. You can resubmit your Project as
many times as you like--the feedback will travel with the Project, and
we'll try to get the same Expert to continue to help you out.

If and when you do acquire the Badge, it will appear on your
badges.p2pu.org<http://info.p2pu.org/wp-admin/badges.p2pu.org> profile
page, and you'll be an Expert yourself.

*Creating a Badge.*

If feedback is a conversation, then creating a Badge sparks a whole
community around something you love. If you are a P2PU course facilitator,
an organizer of a conference, or if a certain subject matter floats your
boat, consider making a Badge for it:

[image: Badge4] <http://info.p2pu.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Badge4.png>

>From there, you'll have a chance to preview and publish your Badge. If you
just want to save it and come back later, the Badge will appear in your
profile under "Badges in the Garden Shed."


*How long will my Badge take to be published and ready for action?  *
Immediately. You'll get to preview it before you publish, and then you'll
get a confirmation that the Badge is live.

*I'm not in a P2PU course, but I have an event or a project I'd like to
create a Badge for. Can I? *
Yeah buddy--go for it. You can create a Badge for any kind of Project or
event. Just direct folks towards your Badge's particular URL so they can
apply for it.

*I'm an Expert and possess the Badge. How will I know when Projects are
submitted? *
We'll notify you with a snappy message in your Inbox.

*Do your Badges integrate with the Open Badges Infrastructure? *
They will by May 1, 2013. Stay tuned for updates.

*What's Coming Down the Pike.*

Here's a little window into the features we are furiously working on here
at P2PU. These items are on deck for our next sprint:

   - Integration of Badges into P2PU.org courses
   - Spiffy landing page gallery sort/search/filter
   - Ability to evaluate the usefulness of feedback
   - Badge creation gallery of shapes and colors
   - Open Badges Infrastructure Integration

*Find Out More.*

In all seriousness, the skills we need evolve fast and furiously. At P2PU,
we believe learning is guided by passion, projects and people. We've
created a space to connect those arenas and help learners grow. So, Badges
represent learning online that you can feel good about. If you're curious
about Badges or P2PU and would like to find out more, here's some info:

   - Check out the Pedagogy Behind
   - Follow our progress on our team Trello
   - Join the P2PU Community <http://groups.google.com/group/p2pu-community> to
   find out what crafty experiments we're up to.
   - Contact Vanessa <vanessa at p2pu.org>, your humble Mad Learning Scientist.

Vanessa Gennarelli
Learning Lead, Peer 2 Peer University
vanessa at p2pu.org
@mozzadrella <https://twitter.com/#!/mozzadrella>
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