Digital Badges for Teacher Professional Development in India

As part of our project we will host an online event split over two half-days in November. This event is intended to raise awareness, share knowledge, and stimulate discussion around the potential uses for digital badges in teacher education in India. It is presented by The Open University, UK and TISS.


Event Title: Emerging Opportunities for Digital Badges in TPD in India

Dates: 25 & 27 November. 14:00-17:00 IST


Registration


Day One is open to anyone, including teachers, teacher educators, administrators, and student teachers. Places are limited, so please register at: https://tinyurl.com/digitalbagesforTPD-reg


Day Two will adopt a more strategic and policy-oriented perspective and will be by invitation only. This will involve round table and small group discussions.


Event information


Digital badges offer a valuable combination of pedagogic flexibility, scalability, local adaptability, and user portability. The question is, how could these, and other, affordances be used to support Teacher Professional Development (TPD) in India. Examination of teacher education programmes across the globe reveals few details on how teachers’ learning is assessed and recognised. There are even fewer examples of how deepening engagement as a teacher arising from TPD is shared with others, be they fellow teachers, school leaders, parents, school management committees and employers.


DAY ONE: The first day will begin with an introduction to the concept, features and potentials for digital badges, and will ask the question: ‘how can digital badges be used in teacher education?’. An interactive workshop session will invite participants to then discuss ideas and explore steps in the badge design process, including relating this to learning outcomes and types of assessment, and the challenges in operationalizing digital badges. TISS teacher educators will describe two practical examples of pilot applications of digital badges and the course leads and learners will be invited to reflect on the impact of digital badges on the interrogation of practice, motivation and future plans. A concluding plenary session will draw on these experiences to explore future possibilities for digital badges in teacher education. A short optional post-event activity will offer hands-on training to familiarise participants with the process of receiving and sharing digital badges, using a specially created demonstration badge for this purpose. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/digitalbagesforTPD-reg


DAY TWO:The second day will focus on the role for digital badges in delivering policy goals and improving the quality of teaching practice in Indian schools. A forum of policy makers and educators will convene to share experiences, identify potential opportunities, and consider next steps. A digital badge community group will be launched with the aim of continuing the discussions initiated at this event.


Further information

An information pack will be sent to participants prior to the event and key outcomes from both days will be shared online afterwards. This knowledge sharing event has been made possible by support from the Global Challenges Research Fund, UK. This event is organised by the Digital Badges for Teacher Professional Development in India (DBTPDI) Project


About the Digital Badges for Teacher Professional Development in India (DBTPDI) Project


The project, led by the Open University, UK working with partners at TISS, India, seeks to explore the range of ways that digital badge technology could be used to support effective teaching practice in low- to medium-income teacher education by providing insight into the value and motivations that can be built around digital badges and the enablers and challenges to their use.


Effective teaching practice and classroom pedagogic knowledge is considered to be critical for delivering necessary improvements in the quality of education in low- and medium-income countries, such as India. However, there remain significant barriers to engaging and sustaining teachers’ commitment to their continuing professional development and challenges in focusing CPD on individual professional needs. Research on digital badges in high-income contexts has begun to identify a range of key functions for digital badges, as a means of making learning visible. However, this work is (a) usually limited to using badges as a surrogate for a certificate of attendance or participation) (b) often focused on their use with pupils (c) ignores low- and medium-income contexts. Furthermore, interest in digital badges is often preoccupied with badges as artefacts, rather than as an enabling technology that can support new processes and ways of thinking – for example, by supporting educators in better identifying and articulating learning outcomes and in adopting more effective learning design and operationalisation processes. The very act of developing badging schemes therefore requires engagement and articulation by stakeholders as to what skills, practices and capabilities they may usefully correspond to, how these can be flexibly sequenced, and how they can be easily assessed, in accordance with local and individual needs.


The project builds on a successful field visit to Mumbai last summer and a TESS-India workshop in New Delhi in January 2019. Phase 1 (2019-20) has already been successful in supporting knowledge exchange. This has seen the OU providing TISS with expertise to establish automated badging capabilities on their VLE platform, the co-development of three distinct digital badge implementations at TISS, and the co-creation of an evaluation framework. Phase 2 (now) will see engagement and knowledge exchange with stakeholders, including a virtual workshop (involving educators, policy-makers and teachers), and a project report. We have successfully secured funding from the Open University COVID Response Fund for an additional project (Phase 3) for delivery of a course offering a range of digital badges for TPD in Assam state. This will take place from November 2020 to July 2021.



3rd June 2019 - 31st July 2021

This event is organised by the Digital Badges for Teacher Professional Development in India (DBTPDI) Project

About the Project

The project, led by the Open University, UK working with partners at TISS, India, seeks to explore the range of ways that digital badge technology could be used to support effective teaching practice in low- to medium-income teacher education by providing insight into the value and motivations that can be built around digital badges and the enablers and challenges totheir use.

Effective teaching practice and classroom pedagogic knowledge is considered to be critical for delivering necessary improvements in the quality of education in low- and medium-income countries, such as India. However, there remain significant barriers to engaging and sustaining teachers’ commitment to their continuing professional development and challenges in focusing CPD on individual professional needs. Research on digital badges in high-income contexts has begun to identify a range of key functions for digital badges, as a means of making learning visible. However, this work is (a) usually limited to using badges as a surrogate for a certificate of attendance or participation) (b) often focused on their use with pupils (c) ignores low- and medium-income contexts. Furthermore, interest in digital badges is often preoccupied with badges as artefacts, rather than as an enabling technology that can support new processes and ways of thinking – for example, by supporting educators in better identifying and articulating learning outcomes and in adopting more effective learning design and operationalisation processes. The very act of developing badging schemes therefore requires engagement and articulation by stakeholders as to what skills, practices and capabilities they may usefully correspond to, how these can be flexibly sequenced, and how they can be easily assessed, in accordance with local and individual needs.

The project builds on a successful field visit to Mumbai last summer and a TESS-India workshop in New Delhi in January 2019. Phase 1 (2019-20) has already been successful in supporting knowledge exchange. This has seen the OU providing TISS with expertise to establish automated badging capabilities on their VLE platform, the co-development of three distinct digital badge implementations at TISS, and the co-creation of an evaluation framework. Phase 2 (now) will see engagement and knowledge exchange with stakeholders, including a virtual workshop (involving educators, policy-makers and teachers), and a project report. We have successfully secured funding from the Open University COVID Response Fund for an additional project (Phase 3) for delivery of a course offering a range of digital badges for TPD in Assam state. This will take place from November 2020 to July 2021.


 

Simon Cross is leading the project - providing academic leadership and management to the project. We have co-ordinated various groups at TISS to implement badges in several contexts, develop evaluation instruments and work with them in engaging with stakeholders including government officials. We are leading on writing the project interim and final report and organising a virtual conference workshop in India later in 2020. We have funds to visit India but this has been prohibited due to the pandemic. IET is also handling payments to our Indian partner.