Learning Café ABC97
Achieving Major Social-Inclusion Objectives with Open Badges
Date Friday, Dec 7 Time – Room King
Valorisation and the recognition of learning achievement that takes place outside the formal education system are means to achieving social inclusion objectives, including labour mobility, mitigating youth unemployment, integrating immigrants and embracing the hard-to-reach and the marginalised. The ultimate goals are enhancing employment opportunities and economic growth. Whilst initially designed to support the “formal recognition of informal learning”, Open Badges are a means to support the “informal recognition of informal learning”. During this interactive Learning Café we will scrutinise recognition practices; the relationship between formal and informal learning; formal and informal recognition; and how to contribute to a more inclusive and open approach to recognition.
Chiara Carlino is Project manager and consultant in Cineca's Business Unit dedicated to Public Administration and Industry. Part of Bestr's team since its beginning in 2015, Chiara is currently coordinating Cineca's efforts in 3 european projects in the area of Open Badges and recognition: OpenVM, MIRVA and OpenAgri.
With a background in Philosophy, Chiara's field of activity is the intersection between humans and technologies: from semantic web to digital communication, from web analysis and monitoring to user interfaces, from functional requirements to technological applications capable of changing social interactions - such as Open Badges and Blockchain.
Open Knowledge Belgium, Belgium
Bert Jehoul is a representative of Open Recognition Belgium & member of the Board of Open Knowledge Belgium. He is convinced of the power of openess to reduce bureaucracy, increase trust & facilitate citizen-engagement and private-public cooperations. He helped initiating the Open Badges platform at Selor (Selection Office for the Belgian Government) and was coach for several Open Badges projects during Open Summer of Code. Bert has a background in Psychology and Psychometrics and is an enthusiastic user of the statistical software R.
Nikitas Kastis has a First Honours Degree in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Financial Management and Evaluation, with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).
He has been Research Associate at the NTUA, Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Crete and Visiting Professor for Production Management & Decision Making at the Greek Air Force Academy. In 1992 he joined Lambrakis (Research) Foundation to lead its innovation programmes and actions, dealing with implementation and impact assessment and related to the evolution of the ICT-based applications in education and culture as well as with their validation for learning and for human capacity building.
He has managed a significant number of national and European research and innovation projects and studies, for the quality upgrade in school and post-secondary education and training, formal and informal as well as adults learning. Since 1999 and till 2016, he had served as the President of the BoD of the MENON Network, a European body (EEIG) contributing as a European learning and innovation think-tank.
Since 2016 he has founded an education & social policy consulting company, named Mind2Innovate, which is taking stock on the research and analysis legacy of the European MENON Network, continuing the policy and programme consulting work and supporting evidence-based policy making for education and other sectors of social-affairs policy making. He has also served, since 2016, as Chief Advisor to the University of Athens Distance Education Centre, the eLearning/Online Learning Programme. Dr N. Kastis had been a Member of the Executive Committee of EDEN and he is an EDEN Research Fellow. He had also been the Chair of its “Open Classroom” Working Group, from 2000 to 2008.
He has been and is currently participating to a number of education policy-making studies and learning innovation projects for the European Commission, national and international stakeholders.
FiBS - Research Institute for the Economics of Education and Social Affairs, Germany
Dr. Dominic Orr is a British national, who has a doctorate in comparative education from the Technical University of Dresden. Following this doctorate, he was employed by the German Centre for Higher Education Research (DZHW), where he coordinated international projects. He has worked as external consultant for the OECD, UNESCO and the World Bank. He is currently senior researcher at FiBS-Research Institute for the Economics of Education and Social Affairs in Berlin, where he (inter alia) has completed a study for the International Council on Open and Distance Education (ICDE) on digital adaption of higher education provisions, is leading a project for the German government on the future of higher education and is leading work on a book for UNESCO on designing national policies for Open Educational Resources. He is a member of the MIRVA project working on making recognition visible and actionable.
Ministère de l’agriculture et de l'alimentation, France
Philippe is a delegate for educational technologies in agricultural education. He works for the Regional Authority for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (DRAAF) in Normandy. His mission is to support agricultural schools in their innovation and technology projects. Philippe also runs a network called Badging Normandy, which brings together organizations that are experimenting with Open badges and Open endorsements in order to build a learning territory.
He is involved in the European project MIRVA.