Issue 8

4th October 2019
Welcome to the 8th issue of The Learning Fractal - the evolution of Badge News!

The Learning Fractal provides your monthly dose of inspiration, updates and events from the learning and credentialing world. This edition features reflections on rigor in badges; how the value of educational credentials is and isn't changing; a report on the U.S. credentials landscape; stackable credentials; Open Badge Factory's integration with the ESCO framework, and programme mapping and badges.

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Badges Need Rigor! (Or do they really?)
David Leaser from IBM, reflects that the value of Open Badges may be lost if we prescribe a fixed set of expectations and present assumptions to constrain their enormous potential.
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How the Value of Educational Credentials Is and Isn’t Changing

According to US national surveys by Northeastern University, a majority (61%) of hiring leaders view credentials earned online as equal to or better than those completed in person. Sean Gallagher, executive director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education & Talent Strategy, says: "Rather than sweeping away degrees, new types of online credentials — various certificates, MicroMasters, badges, and the like — are instead playing a complementary role, creating the building blocks for newer, more affordable degree programs.... The growing digitization of credentials also heralds a new era of greater transparency for educational outcomes — providing more and better data on which corporate leaders can make hiring decisions... This can help optimize college recruiting strategies; the setting of hiring qualifications; and investment decisions about learning and development and executive education.

Read more from this Harvard Business Review article...

Counting U.S. Postsecondary and Secondary Credentials - A 2019 Report
A U.S. “credential count” more than doubles previous estimates, identifying over 738,000 unique credentials. This report by Credential Engine provides an estimate of credentials across 17 categories—including both traditional degrees and certificates as well as non-traditional offerings such as badges and apprenticeships. Read more...
Open Badge Factory has published an integration to the ESCO Framework

The OBF now enables direct referrals to the European multilingual classification of Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. Read more...
Article provided by Open Badge Factory
Stackable Credentialing: Redefining the Modern Community College
Stackable credentials are becoming a common pathway for students to reach more advanced academic outcomes and high-quality employment. Sandra Kurtinitis reflects on the importance of stackable credentials in delivering in the mission of community colleges and discusses some of the challenges to creating a culture of stackability. Read more...
Badging, Program Mapping, and Careers
Bill Moseley, Dean of Academic Technology at Bakersfield College presents to the California Educational Systems and Intersegmental Pathways Task Force. View more...
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