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Open Badges

Posted: April 17, 2013 in Badges, e-learning, education, technology
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A presentation about the history, current state, and future of Mozilla’s Open Badges Infrastructure given at SETT (Scandinavian Educational Technology Transformation) 2013.

An excellent Slideshare from Dr Doug Belshaw highlighting the growing use of  Open Badges to demonstrate modern acquisition of online and offline skills and their recognition.

Mozilla Open Badges helps solve that problem, making it easy for any organization to issue, manage and display digital badges across the web.


Touchscreen interface for seamless data transfer between the real and virtual worlds.

This technology gives you the ability to overlay anything in the real world with a touchscreen, so you can manipulate any object the same way you would on your touch-based device with your fingers. That’s probably why the Japanese company has dubbed this technology “touchscreen interface.”

[Updated on April 15 at 6:38pm ET to embed the video demo from DigInfoNews’ YouTube channel]
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In a study run by Daniel Schacter, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology, and Karl Szpunar, a postdoctoral fellow in psychology, they found that interspersing short quizzes into online learning course can dramatically increase student retention of material.

Schacter and Szpunar split a twenty-minute lecture into four five-minute segments. Some research subjects were presented with math problems after each segment while others were not. In the end, all subjects were tested on the material of the lecture.

The subjects who quizzed in between segments scored higher than all other groups, even outperforming the group that was allowed to review the material from the lecture.

Based on this finding, Schacter believes that quizzes to keep learners’ minds engaged are the most important component of effective online learning.


Original Article

More detail on the methodology


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Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Yet another hole in Goves argument on performance related pay. Dan Pink says findings state “once a task involved  a rudimentary cognitive skills  a larger reward led to a poorer performance.”