Issue 15

1st May 2020
Welcome to the 15th issue of The Learning Fractal, providing your monthly dose of inspiration, updates and events from the learning and credentialing world.

This edition features topical subjects including the case for COVID immunity badges; Badge Summit moving online; skills and recognition badges for medical students; a chat about all things badges; how humanitarian employers are using badges; and a deep dive on keeping community strong during this time.

We hope you are keeping well. We Are Open is eager to help build a better, brighter future together with all of you. If we can be of help, or you just want a chat, please get in touch.

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Announcing 2020 Badge Summit: Virtual Conference Edition
June 25th & 26th, 2020
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COVID Immunity Badges

Could digital badges be used to prove COVID immunity? This is the question posed by Karyl Fowler in her blog post looking at the opportunities provided by verifiable digital credentials to help 'flatten the curve'. She digs into the need to balance data privacy with the benefits of virtual solutions...

"Today, issuing paper credentials to represent a person’s antibody test results is insufficient. Not only can COVID19 live on paper surfaces for up to 5 days, but this credential issuance method is far too slow at scale. And simply brute-forcing our way into people’s biology and health data through increased government surveillance [a la Patriot Act-style] would not sustain our democracy. Both our individual identities and our national identity are at stake. This problem requires something better — a digital, opt-in solution: verifiable credentials."

Read more from Karyl in her blog post

St George’s University of London Launches the George’s Award with
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There's a badge for that!
Deb Baff from ALT talks to Teresa MacKinnon, Associate Professor at the University of Warwick about Open Badges and resources available to explore. Find out more...
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
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...
Humanitarian employers use HPass to create and issue digital badges

Article from Open Badge Factory
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