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Issue 11

17th January 2020

Happy New Year! We look forward to engaging with you throughout 2020!
 
Welcome to the 11th issue of The Learning Fractal - the evolution of Badge News - and the first issue of 2020!

The Learning Fractal provides your monthly dose of inspiration, updates and events from the learning and credentialing world. This special edition features a retrospective on Open Badge developments in 2019 and a look forward, to what we might see with Open Badges in 2020.

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7 trends I spotted in Open Badges in 2019: A retrospective on developments over the course of last year
Read more from Learning Fractal editor, Gráinne Hamilton...
Open Badges in 2020: What’s next, based on distance travelled in 2019?

Last year felt like a significant year for Open Badges. I think a shift took place. As I followed developments through my work editing The Learning Fractal, I noticed there seemed to be increased usage, awareness and engagement from a wider variety of actors. It felt like the Open Badges movement accelerated, leaving me wondering what is in store for us in 2020.

Overall I spotted 7 trends that I thought were signficant in 2019. These developments in 2019 made me wonder if we had moved onto a new stage, as defined by the Gartner Hype Cycle. The Gartner Hype Cycle suggests new technologies will go through peaks and troughs of excitement and disillusionment during a ten year cycle, ending with the “slope of enlightenment” leading to the “plateau of productivity”. Since the Open Badges standard was first proposed in 2011, I have seen the movement go through the initial stages the Gartner Hype Cycle suggests, with the period between 2015–2018 in particular appearing to fall into the ‘trough of disillusionment’. However, during 2019 it felt like we moved on, prompting the questions: could we reach the “plateau of productivity” with Open Badges in 2020?

Read more from the editor of the Learning Fractal, Gráinne Hamilton...

OBF and OBP product development update (in English)
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Case Study - Development of a local learning landscape in the Netherlands
Webinar by the Open Badge Factory  on February 17th at 2 PM GMT
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Badgr Monthly Webinar Series

 
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