Co-Designing Open Badges for Privacy Education with Canadian Youth
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Kathryn Meisner, Director, Hive Toronto (Mozilla)
This project worked with eight teen peer researchers to co-design ten prototype-level, privacy open badges and corresponding curriculum for privacy education in Canada.
Open Badges are a new credentialing strategy that links images and metadata to signify an individual’s learning. The teen researchers in the project completed an average of 53.9 hours of engagement with project staff. They co-designed a prototype-level badge system aligned with connected learning, a pedagogical approach that draws on social connections, leverages youth interests, and includes production-centered learning opportunities. Within workshops, the teen peer researchers contributed to the generation of badge concepts and tested curriculum ideas suitable for informal learning settings across Canada.
Following the generation of badge ideas, the project team interviewed 16 educators from 12 organizations across Canada to refine the design of the badges and curriculum. Participating educators provided insights relevant to the design and implementation of the badge prototypes based on their experiences from after-school organizations, public libraries, civic and legal education organizations, and other youth serving organizations.
The project team also conducted an outreach event for educators in Toronto, with the help of the teen researchers. The prototype-level badges and curriculum are available online, under a Creative Commons license, for use and remix.
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This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.
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