About Carla Casilli

Hello there, I’m Carla Casilli. Welcome to my blog about badge system design, Open Badges, Web Literacy Standard, Mozilla badges, and learning. I’m Mozilla’s Director of Badge System Design + Implementation. I work on developing badge systems—and helping other folks develop them, communicating experiences about badges and badge systems, and investigating where badge systems might lead. I’m interested in understanding their potential, their audiences, their influences and their data.

If you haven’t gone to  http://openbadges.org, read a little, and possibly earned your first badge, most likely you’ll be a bit befuddled by what I’m talking about on this blog. So, check out the open badges site, do some badge thinking, imagining and (l)earning, and then come back here (regularly) to share your thoughts.

A little bit more about me: I have an undergrad degree in Graphic Design and Professional Writing from Carnegie-Mellon University (where I learned to code) and a grad degree in Media Psychology and Social Change from Fielding University. I’ve worked as an information designer, as a writer, as a UX consultant, as a manager, as a creative director and I’ve owned my own business and everything that goes along with that. That said, I believe that learning is lifelong and some of our most influential learning experiences take place in unexpected places and in informal ways.

Right now I’m focused on developing an overarching Mozilla badge system, focusing on its relationship to systems design, reviewing best practices, and investigating analogous research in areas like social reward systems. I welcome your thoughts.

7 thoughts on “About Carla Casilli

  1. Cyril Dworsky

    Hi Carla,

    I kindly invite you to Porto at the end of November 2012 (28th-30th) as a speaker or workshop facilitator at our conference on technology in the context of science outreach activities for children. I am writing on behalf of the European Children’s Universities Network which takes part in the SiS-Catalyst project (Children as Change Agents: http://www.siscatalyst.eu).

    The Porto-Conference will focus on a Discussion of Technology Enhanced Science Outreach towards Children and Young People and I stumbled across the Open Badges project because we are currently working on a tool for empowerment and/or research of Science in Society projects targeted to children. Many of the organizers of Children’s Universities and similar projects are struggling with the need of maintaining contact with the participating children and the possibilities to evaluate their own projects. Therefore we would like to develop an easy tool to support these projects within the SiS-Catalyst project together with other benchmarking tools for the organizing institutions, e.g. universities. I guess this issues and our universities network could be interesting for you as well.

    If the conference topic and our ideas and intentions sound interesting to you I would gladly send you more information about our project, our activities, Children’s Universities and of course the conference.

    We would be delighted to welcome you in November together with our colleagues from the University of Porto but also to learn more from the Open Badges project and share some ideas already previous to the conference.

    With best greetings from Vienna,

    Cyril Dworsky

    1. carlacasilli Post author

      Hi Cyril,

      Thanks so much for contacting me and sharing this opportunity. Your work sounds fascinating and definitely aligns with our Open Badges initiative. I will follow up with an email to you.

      warm regards,

  2. Natalie Parker

    Hi Carla,
    I just read the Open Badges Working Paper (I’m an instructional designer and am learning about badges), and I’m learning as much as I can — so many possibilities. I’m also trying to figure out if I can be involved in the editing of the document — will you let me know?

  3. Kate Radionoff

    Hi Carla:
    I just found your badge blogs. We will be introduced badges this fall to assess student learning in professional development non-credit courses. We have run into a number of challenges but we believe it will provide considerable benefit to our students and their employer.

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