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Issue #35
Friday 30th November 2018

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Excel at teamwork? Now you can earn a 'Digital Badge' to show off on LinkedIn

This article by ABC Action News features Fresno City College, which is offering Open Badges via the Badgr platform, with the aim of helping students lock down jobs faster by validating the achievement of different skill sets. The first badges are being issued for soft skills such as teamwork, communication and decision making in an online business management class. Professor Lydia Anderson says the badges have been a great motivator for her students. "They were very competitive and that is a good thing, because they were competing against themselves. Anything that keeps my students engaged and helps them meet their career goals makes me happy."

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Open Badges bring buzz to developing employees’ competencies

In this upcoming OBF Academy webinar, the Finnish Opinlakeus Network will present how they are using Open Badges to update the digital skills of employees in the network. The network's aim is for all staff to achieve a certain level of digital skills but they had found that staff participation in training had been reducing every year so decided to try a new badge-based approach. They will discuss the improvements they have seen through employing this approach.

The webinar takes place on 04/12/18. More info here.
Photo by Kevin Grieve on Unsplash

This article was contributed by Open Badge Factory

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Wharton Online Bets on the Future of Learning

Starting December 1st, all Wharton Online learners who complete a course will receive a digital credential. Launched in 2013, Wharton Online has expanded access to Wharton’s high-quality business courses to more than 150,000 online learners around the globe. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Wharton Online may now issue credentials allowing learners to signal to current and future employers competencies gained and skills earned.

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Internet Archive of Open Badge Community Calls

An archive of the community calls that chart the history of the development of the Open Badges standard, has been created by the Internet Archive. The archive is Creative Commons licensed and provides an overview of the inputs community members had to the development of the standard and technical specifications that provided the foundation for the Open Badge platforms and initiatives that exist today.

Badge Wiki

Badge Wiki

This knowledge base for Open Badges and digital credentials is growing every week! Many thanks to those who continue to add information and resources to provide a community knowledge base.

Join the Loomio group to receive updates and to get involved with the its development!

How does recognition happen in your daily life and how could digitalisation make this better?

This article by Dominic Orr presents discussion from the recent ePIC conference on the topic of how recognition happens in daily life and how digitalisation could make it better. It considers and presents thoughts on:

  1. How are your competences recognized in your own daily life?
  2. How do you recognise other people’s competences? Can you give examples from your daily life here too?
  3. From your list of examples, where do you think things could be improved? And who would be responsible for improving them (you, your company, your organisation, the government )?
  4. How could technology help in supporting your ideal scenario? What should you be able to do?

Tipping qualification and assessments on their head

This episode of The Edtech Podcast looks at technologies in work-place training which are changing the ways we learn and thrive. The episode includes Kevin Jones, Head of Projects, Digital Guild at East Sussex College Group, discussing the benefits that colleges can gain from using Open Badges. The episode also features a live podcast discussion on raising the student voice, including what can be done to bring students into decision making whilst improving their communication skills.

Education is what builds community

...and community builds education! This issue features an archive of community calls, charting how the Open Badge community contributed to the development of the Open Badges specification, concepts and tools.

Available to use under license CC BY-ND 4.0.

You can find more of Bryan's illustrations on Badge Wiki.

Have you read a great article about badges you'd like us to include in an upcoming issue? Get in touch with a link!

Recent academic articles

  • Breen, M., Meen, K., & Ronan, S. (2018). Transformative CPD in our library workforce; using Open Digital Badges as accreditation in Rudaí23. (Link)
  • Clements, K. (2018). Employee Skill Tracking With Open Badges. (Link)
  • Sullivan, A. L. (2018). Open Badges and Student Motivation: A Study of Their Relationship to Student Assessment Scores. ProQuest LLC. (Link)
Did we miss one? Incorrectly cite something? Send in a correction! Note that if an article listed above does not feature a link, this is because it is not available on the open web. You may be able to get access to it via your local library.

Upcoming events, webinars, and community calls

Know about an upcoming event — either online or offline? Get in touch with details!

Interesting discussions within the Open Badges community

  • Cal asks if it is possible to grant animated badges or GIFs as part of Open Badges. Bryan Mathers provides a solution.
  • There have been updates to a discussion started by Karen Jeffrey on evidence, baked badges and Badge Connect. Ideas and issues that could be addressed are raised.

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