In the near future (end of May 2016), there will be a presentation in Bremen, Germany about the new functions within ILIAS 5.2. One of the new functions is the addition of the so-called Open Badges. Using badges, learning activities can be rewarded in a graphical way.
It is a small-scale version on the official ILIAS-certificates which apply to a full course. With badges, also smaller activities can be rewarded. For example, badges can be allocated to people who filled in all required information in their complete profile, or when someone made a pre-test or contributed to a forum.
The concept of badges or insignias in ILIAS are based on the following didactic principles:
- Acknowledge someone’s learning activities;
- Motivate users for certain learning activities;
- Stimulate the recognition in a group;
- Be able to use activities which are achieved in one area, in other areas as well;
- Creation of a learning experience which has proved to be stimulating (gamification)
There are two possibilities for allocation:
- Automatically based on certain criteria;
- Manually by a mentor/coach/manager/teacher.
Within ILIAS, students can organize their badges as collections of different badge-types:
- Based on a course;
- By means of portfolio-activities;
- By means of other activities.
From the personal portfolio, badges can be included in the student’s profile and can be exported to other environments.
The addition of Open Badges goes well with the existing ILIAS learning concept and supports developments in the market, such as the use of MOOCs and SPOCs within education institutes and other organizations.