Accredible: Sharing Learning Experiences

I received an alert from Adam Brimo yesterday about Accredible.

On the Accredible Blog, the founders note:

Here at Accredible, we’ve been working hard to improve the way that credentials and certificates are generated across MOOCs, university courses also as wider learning by using peer-review and
reputational networks to determine and maintain quality.

Accredible propose that “by re-imagining the idea of the certificate to be more than just a statement, we can create a living portfolio of evidence that shows you have certain knowledge or skills. You can also get a much ‘higher resolution’ image of who a student is, what they can do and a list of evidence proving that”.

I am very attracted to the possibilities of “a living portfolio of evidence”. To date I have kept a very dispersed e-portfolio (and will continue to do so) but I see what Accredible has to offer as a game changer.

I think it will be an excellent resource for those who participate in Small or Massive Open Online Courses (particularly cSOOCs and cMOOCs). Some of the tools available to verify certificates in Accredible will help me extend my interest in identity and personal learning journeys.

OpenLearning will be using Accredible with their courses (hence the alert from Adam).

Here is my first attempt at using Accredible using the Introduction to Box’Tag SOOC as an example.




Ours is smaller than yours

I read Stephen Downes’ commentary on a Chronicle post on MOOCs.

In his post, Stephen observes:

For me, what’s revolutionary about MOOCs isn’t size, it’s openness – and openness isn’t just about free content, it’s about ownership over the process. And I don’t see anyone who is bored (yet) of talking about open education.

42rdv39p-1353975764I agree with Stephen about ownership. My experience of the small open online course (SOOC) Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport was that the idea of openness is realised when participants own the opportunities to share and learn.

Just as I was finishing Stephen’s commentary I received an alert to Michael Rose’s explainer about fractals in The Conversation.

In the explainer, Michael quotes Benoit Mandelbrot “Bottomless wonders spring from simple rules which are repeated without end“. It seems to me that open education has this potential. Like fractals I do think open courses are scalable.

As with our SOOC it seems entirely legitimate to laud smallness … if it empowers ownership through self-organisation.

Photo Credit

The Mandelbrot Set (from Wikimedia Commons)