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Issue #31
Friday 27th July 2018

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DC 37 open badge

New York City’s Largest Public-Sector Union Launches Digital Badges

Building on DC 37’s existing education and workforce training programs that provide city workers with basic job skills, technical training, and leadership development, DC 37 will use Credly digital badges to recognize members’ knowledge and competencies, as well as clearly outline the necessary skills for a member to advance in their chosen field.
This article was contributed by Credly
Map of Washington state colleges

Digital Badges Initiative to Support Professional Development in Washington State

The Washington State community college system has announced a new state-wide initiative to provide professional development badges to faculty and employer-discoverable badges to students. Each college will be able to implement badging as well as guided pathways within their courses or programs, particularly for co-curricular activities that typically aren't represented on transcripts.

This article was contributed by Badgr
People learning

Open Badge courses in Finnish

Discendum is organising two online Open Badge courses in September 2018. The courses are in Finnish. Both OBF customers and non-customers are welcome to join.

This article was contributed by Open Badge Factory


EU Digital Education Action Plan

EU Digital Education Action Plan to issue digitally-signed qualifications via the Blockchain

A common technical approach for issuing digitally-signed qualifications will be developed to ensure that certificates from one EU Member State can be understood and correctly interpreted in anyother. The approach will be based on open standards and integrated into the new Europass platform where digitally-signed qualifications can be stored and shared. The Open Badge standard is compatible with the Blockchain.

Badge Wiki

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!


Analysis of 450 MOOC-Based Microcredentials Reveals Many Options But Little Consistency

Every MOOC platform now offers at least one type of microcredential, and some platforms offer as many as three different types. This analysis covers 11 types of microcredentials offered by five MOOC platforms. The analysis compares credentials offered, based on price and effort (determined by time spent), and concludes that inconsistencies mean it is difficult to interpret their significance.

Digital Credentials: The Future of Competency Frameworks?

Lloyd Dean, Head of Digital and Innovative Learning at EDF, reflects on a conversation he had with Grainne Hamilton on digital credentials for his Future of Learning podcast series. In the post, Lloyd considers Cities of Learning, companies of learning, and cites the value of digital credentials in relation to the finding by Cogent Skills (the UK's strategic body for skills in the science industries), that roles based around generic skills will form 81% of the future workforce.

Lots of shoes

Stand in their shoes

In his latest visual thinkery, Bryan Mathers comments that when deciding to issue Open Badges, 'make sure you stand in the shoes of the people you intend to be the recipients of your badges, and understand why they might want to earn badges from your organisation in the first place…'

Available to use under license CC BY-ND 4.0.

You can find more of Bryan's illustrations on Badge Wiki.

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

  • Ebner, M. (2018, June). Best of Austria: OER-Certification for Higher Education. In EdMedia+ Innovate Learning (pp. 1-6). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). (Link)
  • Holotescu, C. (2018). Understanding Blockchain Opportunities and Challenges. eLearning & Software for Education, 4. (Link)
  • Hunsaker, E. (2018). Teaching Computational Thinking and Coding Education Basics to Early Childhood Educators. (Link)
  • Vanacker, D., Demedts, L., & Van Puyenbroeck, H. Cities for Learning–Gentlestudent. The City as a Medium for Acquiring 21 st Century Skills. (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

  • Kerri Lemoie commented that it has been some time since the broader Open Badges community has heard any news on Pearson, Salesforce, & the patent situation(s) and has asked IMS Global if they could provide an update.
  • Dan Hickey asked for operational examples of Endorsement 2.0 to use as examples in a chapter for the handbook of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology, entitled Competencies in Context: New Approaches to Capturing, Recognizing, and Endorsing Learning.
  • Theresa Mackinnon asks what is happening to the Mozilla backpack.

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