Webmaker/Hive/Hive Community Member Badges

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Who Are These Badges For?

A Hive, whether it’s a network, a community or a learning event, generally consists of member organizations: museums, educational non-profits, government agencies, for-profits, foundations, community based organizations, schools, etc.

However, the individual staff members of these organizations are the people who breathe life into the Hive. Their professional commitment and peer-to-peer learning is what translates into amazing opportunities and experiences for young people.

Hive badges recognize individual professional contributions to Hive peer-professional communities by Hive Network Members around the world.

Why Do We Need Badges?

What is the value of a badge system for Hive members? In February, a dozen representatives from Hive Networks across North America met at the 2014 Summit to Reconnect Learning and had a rich discussion about badge systme value, which resulted in the following top-level takeaways:

Hive badges will help us to…

  • Define a Hive culture and identity;
  • Facilitate peer recognition;
  • Illuminate new contexts to sharpen our skills;
  • Demonstrate that we are achieving our mission;
  • Facilitate more equitable access, exposure and opportunity;
  • Provide clarity around expectations and requirements;
  • Help members demonstrate the value of Hive externally;
  • Make visible activity deserving recognition;
  • Earn community status for contributions to shaping the Hive;

How Does Connected Learning Fit?

If we expect high quality Connected Learning experiences for young people to emerge from the Hive, then Connected Learning has to be the way that we work in the Hive. By using and modeling these attributes in our peer-professional communities, as part of our peer-professional activity, we can expect that those same attributes will naturally emerge in the learning experiences we design.

Hive members from networks across the world engage with the principles of Connected Learning in both their educational program design and in their professional practice to transform the learning landscape for young people in the 21st century. We are working on identifying those connected learning attributes that are already the most clearly Hive-y.

Hive Community Member Badges

Hive Community Member Badges will follow the Mozilla Webmaker badge system using Connected Learning to underpin conceptual and skill recognition instead of the Web Literacy Framework. Effective Connected Learning design relies on the use of digital media and the development of web literacy skills, which makes these two frameworks a very smart pair.

When the system is complete, Hive Community Members will be able to design and issue Hive Community generate Badges, however the first badges will be issued exclusively by Hive Leadership (Mozilla Project/Team). The badges will be designed, issued, claimed and displayed on Webmaker.org

Anyone who fits the profile described above and can demonstrate evidence for the badge criteria described below is eligible to apply for a badge on Webmaker.org

The Hive Community Member Badge

The Hive Community Member Badge recognizes Hive member contributions to working in the open. Through openly-networked collaboration that includes Peer Observation, Resource Sharing, and Process Documentation, educational designers and leaders create and scale innovations in learning. The Hive Community Member badge recognizes this professional activity.

The Criteria

Peer Observation:

Inviting peers in Hive Networks to observe programs and practices. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Attending and observing Hive member programs;
  • Sharing, reviewing and remixing Hive member program curriculum;
  • Co-designing a project or program with other Hive members;

Resource Sharing:

Clearly articulating resources you or your organization can share with the network. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Convening or contributing to Hive collaborative workgroups, networking sessions or events;
  • Sharing equipment, supplies, volunteers, youth or other resources with Hive members;
  • Making your personal contact and affiliation accessible to Hive members;

Process Documentation

Documenting and sharing useful processes for others to use or remix. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Building toolkits, teaching kits, or other shared Hive network resources;
  • Capturing Hive program design from inception to completion and sharing through blogs or websites;
  • Creating press opportunities, submitting papers to academic journals, or representing Hive at conferences;

How The Criteria Were Selected

In February, a dozen representatives from Hive Networks across North America met at the 2014 Summit to Reconnect Learning and considered which aspects of Connected Learning were most valuable to Hive network success. The top three most popular were:

  1. Openly Networked
  2. Shared Purpose
  3. Social Connection.

For anyone who has spent time in a Hive, those attributes are not surprising. The established Hive Networks have all grown through a process of member mission/vision alignment and relationship building.

For this first Community Member Badge, we selected Openly Networked as the Connected Learning strand that was most essential.

Hive members and leaders were further engaged in detailing out what the criteria of Openly Networked activity looks like and how it happens in order to provide more detail above. Future badges will unpack these criteria further into more distinct badges and include other Connected Learning values not reflected in this badge.