Issue 14

3rd April 2020
Welcome to the 14th issue of The Learning Fractal.

The Learning Fractal provides your monthly dose of inspiration, updates and events from the learning and credentialing world. This edition features topical articles including the 'Socially Distanced' badge you can claim; an article on increasing community participation to tackle social isolation with Open Badges; a new Open Digital Badge online learning series; 'selfie badges' and a deep dive on keeping community strong during this time.

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Socially Distanced

Nate Otto creates a badge to support socially distanced togetherness. "We're a global community that needs togetherness right now, even if we can't be together in person. Let's have a moment of togetherness"
Claim your badge...
Increasing the Visibility of Community Participation Opportunities through Open Badges

In this interview, Kevin Field talks about GoosED, a digital social innovation aimed at tackling loneliness and social isolation. He discusses Open Badges he developed with community groups in West Yorkshire, to increase engagement with community participation opportunities.

"It was intended to give community groups agency to tackle loneliness and exclusion rather than reliance on Government/Council initiatives. It was aiming to encourage improvements in digital literacy in Civil Society through an applied project that was of community concern and also intended to help to address the digital divide. The Open Badges themselves have a mission to democratise accreditation and recognition by enabling other organisations outside of Further Education and Higher Education as well as potentially acting as a vehicle for peer to peer recognition."

Read more about this initiative in this Social Innovation Academy article

Open Digital Badge Course Series
IACET have developed an Open Digital Badge Course Series that is designed to "fill the badging knowledge niche in an adult learning organization." Find out more...
Create and issue your “selfie badges” in Open Badge Passport

Article from Open Badge Factory
Beyond the panic: Building community in a time of coronavirus

Participate provide some deep thinking about how to keep community strong during this time

Read more from Participate
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