Sending My First Webmention Badge #OpenBadges

As part of my goals for #EDU 522 I want to create a self contained remixable #IndieWeb course template. I have long thought about using webmentions as a simple path to #openbadges. In the end a badge is an image, a few links, and some baked in metadata.

So is a webmention. Just a bit smaller and all done in html. You can read more about my adventures in webmentions and badges, here.

Sending My First WebMention Badge

As part of my goal in building the #IndieWeb course template I wanted a proof of concept for badging. Chris Aldrich has created an amazing stream as an open participant in his class. He sends a webmention to every post noting he has read the assignment or watched the video.

If we combined this with a webmention credential I believe we can create an assessment system for distibuted classes.

How Did I Do It?

I used @glitch and made a manual webmention

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      <a class="u-url p-name" href="">J. Gregory McVerry, PhD</a></div>

in reply to: <a class="u-in-reply-to" href="">IndieWeb technology for online pedagogy</a>

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      You earned the <span class="p-name">Module 1: Who Am I Badge</span> in EDU522: Digital Teaching and Learning Too

<p class="e-content">To earn the M<a href="">Module 1</a>: Who Am I Badge you provided evidence in your post of meeting the stated criteria in module one. Your post described your goals for the class and you successfully sent a webmention</p>

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        <time class="dt-published" datetime="2018-08-04T17:15:00-0700">August 4th, 2018</time>

I then manually sent this to Chris since my course is not (yet) set up to send or receive webmentions. That meant visiting his post and just adding the link to the badge.


Next Steps

This is still just early proof of concept. I could never add a manual html file for every student and then for every module. Eventually some input fields and scripts will be necessary.

I also need work on building the system into my course so it can send and receive webmentions.

@Eddie All this talk about webmentions lately and I am drawn back to thinking that path to #OpenBadges easier. I have a post on my site called “Badge: Whacthyamacallit” and it says you must build a “DooWickey.” Learner sends reply to post saying I want “DooWickey” badge and here is link to evidence. I then reply back with a webmention “awarding” badge. A badge platform that lives on #DoOO
I love the Wild West of badging. Let communities establish their own credentialing pathways around the values of learning they share.

For businesses and employability these credentials will be linked to observable skills. It’s what they value.

By headless LMS I mean the web. I want students to own their domain and own their data. Focus more on presence than portfolios really. The system becomes the api driven community that lives on top.

We keep the mark up as simple as possible to help parse evidence and let machine learning do much of the work in many fields. Writing, math, etc. We are talking patterns that machines will always be better at.

Let humans focus on the feedback that drive growth and build systems that can track that growth.

In the end a credential is just an Authority saying you have the skills to accomplish something. It is a dichotomous measure. Even if it is awarded on a range of scores in a rubric. You either have it or you don’t.

What badges do now is allow that evidence and criteria to explicitly linked. (I know folks hate the baggage of the , but using “credential” is such a PITA on the backend, documentation, and auth process I shy away… I will argue definitions with academics over engineers any day)