In our course E-learning 3.0 (#el30) we discussed assessment. Course facilitator Stephen Downes:

The traditional educational model is based on tests and assignments, grades, degrees and professional certifications. But with activity data we can begin tracking things like which resources a person read, who they spoke to, and what questions they asked.

We can also gather data outside the school or program, looking at actual results and feedback from the workplace. In the world of centralized platforms, such data collection would be risky and intrusive, but in a distributed data network where people manage their own data, greater opportunities are afforded.

So this explains why a course about e-learning contains modules about the decentralized web en data protection.

The task for this week however has to do with badges (which in a world of automated data capture would become less relevant, unless maybe as part of a gamification approach):

Create a free account on a Badge service (several are listed in the resources for this module). Then:

create a badge
award it to yourself.
use a blog post on your blog as the ‘evidence’ for awarding yourself the badge
place the badge on the blog post.

Stephen wrote a blog post about his own work with badges and about why he gets involved with badges.

I used Badgr, like Stephen did, avoided using Facebook or Google-logins and created and verified a badge which I show here: