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Issue 10

6th December 2019
 
Welcome to the 10th issue of The Learning Fractal - the evolution of Badge News - and the last issue of 2019!

The Learning Fractal provides your monthly dose of inspiration, updates and events from the learning and credentialing world. This edition features a proof of concept demonstrating the feasibility of a distributed blockchain-based badge infrastructure in a connectivist MOOC; how membership associations could step further into the education field and recognise their members' skills; and reports representing a variety of stakeholders' views on Open Badges.

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Have a wonderful festive season, from all the team at We Are Open Co-op. See you in 2020!
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Will Your Association’s Credentials Become an Alternative to College?
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Recognising Achievement with Badges and Blockchain in a Connectivist MOOC

Stephen Downes, co-creator of the concept of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), describes a proof of concept demonstrating the feasibility of a distributed blockchain-based badge infrastructure in a connectivist MOOC...

"The distributed badging infrastructure described in this paper offers a range of potential applications for learning and development. The employment of blockchain-based certificates provides the measure of security and verifiability needed worldwide. Combining this approach with a model of open online education makes such certification more widely accessible. The digital content and badge-based recognition create portable credentials easily shared with potential employers. And the decentralised design of the badge infrastructure enables institutions in all parts of the world to participate as equal partners in the education infrastructure."

Read more from Stephen Downes

Making competences visible with Open Badges
A report by the German Hochschul-forum Digitalisierung Community Working Group Competence Badges presents research conducted with stakeholders from industry, government, and education on opportunities and obstacles in the implementation of digital credentials. Read more...
Open Badge Factory Webinars
Links provided by Open Badge Factory
Open VM Credentials: Evaluation Results
The Open VM project has been exploring the impact of open credentials on virtual mobility in higher education in Europe. Recent evaluation results "indicate positive user experience related to OpenVM Credentials as well as positive impact of OpenVM Credentials on motivation to learn and to complete a MOOC level as well as positive effects on various aspects self-regulated learning (SRL) including self-motivation and self-observation." Read more...
“5 Things That Should Be Done To Improve The US Educational System”, with Sarah Boisvert & Penny Bauder
 
Read more from Authority Magazine...
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