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Issue #36 - Holiday Edition!
Wednesday 19th December 2018

Welcome to Badge News from We Are Open Co-op! Our monthly newsletter keeps the Open Badges community informed of what's going on, in-and-around the ecosystem. Thank you for subscribing!

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Season's Greetings from Open Badge Factory

The team at Open Badge Factory would like to wish everyone the very best for the holiday season and a Happy New Year when it comes. They are excited to tell you about new happenings early next year so stay tuned and follow them on Twitter at @OBFactory_ for news.

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LRNG + Badgr: Unlocking Opportunity Through a Shared Digital Backpack

Badgr and LRNG have joined forces to unlock even greater opportunity for LRNG’s more than 50,000 users and allow for greater access to LRNG’s high-quality content. This partnership will allow LRNG users to curate badges from various sources, then share them out selectively, making them portable and accessible from anywhere so the learner can update or move them around at their discretion. When badges are earned on the LRNG platform, they’ll now be distributed through Badgr and will live in the Badgr ecosystem.
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This article was contributed by Concentric Sky

We Are Closed...

...for the holidays, but we are definitely OPEN to working with you next year. Looking forward to it, in fact!

Have a great break, and see you in 2019.

Love from your favourite co-op.
Bryan, Doug, Grainne, John, Laura

Legacy Healthcare's Award-Winning Badge Program

In this podcast, Dr. Alyssa Ford from Legacy Healthcare Services shares the key strategies she employed to design the company's award-winning digital credential program. 

This article was contributed by Credly



Educational Credentials Come of Age

A new report by the Center for the Future of Higher Education & Talent Strategy at Northeastern University, provides employer insights on digital credentials. The survey of 750 human resources (HR) leaders at U.S. employers, spanning all industry sectors and organizational sizes, is one of the center’s inaugural studies related to understanding the future of educational credentials and their value and use in the workplace.

Findings include:

  • The relative value of educational credentials in hiring has held steady (29%) or increased (48%) for most employers over the last five years
  • Work-integrated learning and curriculum that is industry-aligned and employer-validated are highly prioritized by employers as indicators of credential quality
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Badge Wiki

This knowledge base for Open Badges and digital credentials is growing every week! Many thanks to those who continue to add information and resources to provide a community knowledge base.

Join the Loomio group to receive updates and to get involved with the its development!


#TeeUptheSkills Campaign

The Tee Up the Skills Campaign is bringing together employers and educators  to translate learning into workforce skills. The Education Design Lab is working with a select group of learning providers and their employer partners to test the efficacy of 21st Century Skills Badges.

This press coverage highlights one of the new pilot programs at Central New Mexico college. Employers like local construction engineering company, Jaynes Corporation, say they are excited to see the success of the pilot program at CNM. "You're going to have a better pool of workforce that are going to have those intangibles that we can use and baseline them against other people who are coming in that don't necessarily have those," said Samuel Hatchell, quality manager at Jaynes Corporation.

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The value of micro-credentials and badging needs continual clarification

David Porter, CEO of eCampus Ontario, which supports innovation and collaboration in Ontario’s post-secondary institutions, reflects on the value of micro-credentials and badges in this article. Commenting that there continues to be limited experience with badges and micro-credentials across the post-secondary sector generally, he believes more experiments at various kinds of institutions are needed. He shares links to:

In case you missed it! See you in 2019!

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Have you read a great article about badges you'd like us to include in an upcoming issue? Get in touch with a link!

Recent academic articles

  • Kear, K., Smith, A., Mikroyannidis, A., Jones, A., Rosewell, J., Donelan, H., ... & Connolly, T. (2018). The Open Networking Lab: an open online course for experiential learning of computer networking. (Link)
  • Malczyk, B. (2018). Digital Badges: A Focus on Skill Acquisition. (Link)
  • Pitt, C., Bell, A., Gawronski, J., & Davis, K. Digital Badges for STEM Education. (Link)
Did we miss one? Incorrectly cite something? Send in a correction! Note that if an article listed above does not feature a link, this is because it is not available on the open web. You may be able to get access to it via your local library.

Upcoming events, webinars, and community calls

Know about an upcoming event — either online or offline? Get in touch with details!

Interesting discussions within the Open Badges community

  • Greg McVerry provides an update about his work on sending webmention Open Badges from Wikimedia
  • Kerry Lueders asks a question about image quality of badges

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