Some Learning Pathways for Hive Toronto Privacy Badges

This blog post was co-authored by Doug Belshaw, collaborator on the “Co-Designing Open Privacy Badges for Privacy Education with Canadian Youth” project.  Some of the content from this blog post is a preview of a section from the document titled: “Hive Toronto Privacy Badges: A Facilitator’s Guide.”  Some materials from this blog post were also adapted from the Badge Alliance’s Web Literacy Privacy Badges Working Group Report (work in progress).    


Facilitators and educators are encouraged to use the Hive Toronto privacy badges and associated learning activities in any way that is useful to you.  Sometimes, it may be possible to weave in 1 of the badges, to any already existing course or workshop.  Other times, organizations may choose to make use of multiple badges as part of a more extended program.  The choice of how to use the badges and learning activities is yours!

To help different kinds of facilitators get started with the badges, we provide the following suggested learning pathways, which you can take up, or remix.

There are many ways that scaffolding learning can be done using badges and these are options only

Option 1 – a ‘linear’ approach

The learner has to earn all the badges in a system, and an appropriate sequence is determined by a facilitator in advance.


  • Clear approach, unambiguous to learners


  • High-bar
  • Inflexible

Option 2 – the ‘cluster’ approach

The learner has to earn a certain number of badges to form a cluster. This could be as few as two, or as many as all 10 privacy badges from Hive Toronto. An organization that implements the badges, can represent them visually via an e-portfolio (or the Open Badge backpack). An implementing organization can name this cluster of badges to create meaning in their context.


  • Highly flexible and responsive to needs/context of learner
  • Many configurations – some of which could be ‘meta’ badges


  • Doesn’t lead to meta-level badge
  • Potentially confusing for badge consumers

In the expected contexts where the Hive Toronto privacy badges will be used, here are some possibilities with the badges from the curriculum.


  • After-school program (linear)

Linear pathway everyday life

After school programs that take place in settings like community centres, may find it useful to being with the Privacy in Everyday Life badges. The Data Trail timeline activity is an engaging introductory activity to privacy.  The Mobile badge relates to everyday practices of youth.  The Internet of Things badge provides the opportunity to discuss internet fridges and produce a web comic. After school programs with a youth-led focus may find the Privacy Coach badge aligns with peer-to-peer learning strategies.


  • Public Library (cluster)


Libraries may find that multiple badges relate to their already existing programs and are appropriate to weave into stand-alone workshops. The Anonymizer badge can be introduced in learn-to-code programs in library branches.  The Drones badge can be used with 3D printing programs for libraries with maker spaces. The Data Trail Timeline badge can be used in a video or media production oriented workshop.


  • Civic or legal education


Civic or legal education organizations may be interested in the themes raised in the Personal Information and Privacy Policy themes.  The Anonymizer badge is a starting place to examine what personal information is. The Privacy Policy badge sequence of the PIPEDA Remixer, Profiler, Requester and finally Drones can be followed.


  • Peer-to-peer (cluster)

Cluster of peer facilitated badges

Peer-to-peer facilitation of the privacy badges can include the Privacy Coach badge. Peer facilitators are encouraged to draw from the other activities that best align with their interests.  For example, privacy and coding can be explored through the Anonymizer, Profiler, and Internet of Things badges.