Issue 18

7th August 2020
Welcome to the latest issue of The Learning Fractal, which provides your monthly dose of inspiration, updates and events from the badging, credentialing and learning world.

This edition features reasons for using digital badges in online courses; an article exploring how badge & certification programs could accelerate post-COVID-19 recovery; preparing professionals for a rapidly changing workforce; how libraries are adapting during the pandemic; using badges to assess 21st century skills of student interns; new state policy recommendations; and skills and recognition awards for medical students.

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6 Reasons Why Online Course Creators Should Use Digital Badges

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Can Badge & Certification Programs Accelerate the Post-COVID-19 Recovery?

In this article, David Leaser from IBM says: "Amid COVID-19, higher education institutions have largely failed to develop new strategies to get students into the labor market as quickly as possible. Yet with the pandemic, faster and cheaper pathways to good jobs are needed now more than ever."

The article cites a study of over 10,000 current students in the USA that found that 56% are no longer able to afford tuition. It considers how badges and digital certificates could fill the gap.

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Preparing professionals for a rapidly changing workforce

Article from Participate
How Libraries Stretch Their Capabilities to Serve Kids During a Pandemic
This year libraries are innovating quickly to meet the needs of their communities, offering reading challenges, craft projects, and games where students can earn digital badges online. Find out more...
Using Badges to Assess 21st Century Skills of Student Interns
Webinar from Open Badge Factory
New National Governors Association Guide Includes Credential Transparency in State Policy Recommendations
The State Guide for Preparing the Future Workforce Now examines ways that governors and other state policymakers in the USA can nurture a technologically resilient workforce ready to thrive in an evolving economy. It includes building a transparent, portable credential infrastructure as a transformational pathway for states. Read more...
St George’s University of London Launches the George’s Award with

Skills and Recognition Award to boost students' employability skills...
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