Issue 13

6th March 2020
Welcome to the 13th 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 articles asking if digital credentials can compete with traditional degrees; the verification of Open Badges; a White Paper from the Digital Credentials Consortium; how educators benefit from micro-credentialling systems; and a new social platform for building badge ecosystems.

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Could micro-credentials compete with traditional degrees?

Read more from this BBC article...
Keeping up with (and verifying) digital badges and credentialing

According to an article in Chief Learning Officer, "Digital badges and credentials have blown up. Now, we need to verify them through an industry standard that makes sense to stakeholders...

A digital infrastructure to easily store, share and display credentials where students and badge owners can store their data would help as they apply for jobs, register for job training programs and upgrade their skills...

Last year, Credential Engine... designed an online credential catalogue... The goal is to be the one place anybody can go to search an individual credential, where companies can pull them into applications they’re developing, where a high school junior can discover a new pathway tool or where somebody who’s been laid off can decide how to jumpstart their next career path..."

Read more about verifying digital badges in this Chief Learning Officer article

Building the digital credential infrastructure for the future
A White Paper from the Digital Credentials Consortium sets out the case for Digital Academic Credentials. The report comments that "Technology is profoundly changing higher education, but the way we issue and manage academic credentials, which represent learning outcomes and achievements, has not yet taken advantage of the possibilities of digital technology." Read more...
How educators benefit from micro-credentialing systems

Read more from Participate
Promoting online training opportunities for the workforce in Europe
An EU report considers the impact of digital transformation and UN sustainability targets on workforce development. It calls for more focus on online learning, and inceased use of Open Badges. Read more...
b-connexion - Open Badge Passport for the B.O.A.T Network

Read about a new social platform where organisations, individuals and communities build meaningful badge ecosystems

Read more from the Open Badge Factory
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