Workshop #2 Skills Accreditation and Redistributed Manufacturing

The second RE:FORM workshop focussed on considering how learning that takes place in Makespaces should be recognised, and accredited.

As part of the project we’ve asked the research question: What lessons might be learned from open badging and other alternative accreditation methods in recognising the learning taking place in makespaces? 

A number of Makespaces are in conversation with established accreditation bodies, and some work as hosts for the FabAcademy programme. We were keen to explore what the different possibilities could be, and what challenges might have to be overcome. What models of accreditation might work for makerspaces, and be recognised by employers and formal education?

A group of us met at The Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology. We broke into groups and considered:

  • What is the purpose of accreditation?
  • What learning needs to be recognised?

This was followed by a talk from Dr. Simon Cross, an IET academic who has been working in the area of assessment and has explored how ‘badges’ might support learning, particularly in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

We then explored the following two questions:

  • How could we assess and validate learning?
  • How to make badges work in practice

The day was then finished with a tour of the Open University’s Design group fablab, including their very new and very sophisticated 3D printer (thanks Iestyn!).

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