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Issue #007
Friday 31st March 2017

Welcome to Badge News from We Are Open Co-op! This is a new bi-weekly newsletter to keep the Open Badges community informed of what's going on, in-and-around the ecosystem.

This issue's featured article has been chosen by Credly. Click through to read about how they worked with the Lumina Foundation, the American Council on Education (ACE) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) to launch a crowd-sourced challenge aimed at generating breakthrough ideas to help bridge the skills gap for education and industry association leaders.

Winner Announced in Crowdsourced Challenge to Unlock Human Capital through Digital Credentials

An extract from the article:

The winning submission by Chicago-based architect Larry Kearns is a concept for a web-based recruiting ecosystem that matches candidates with potential employers based on a data-driven record of their perspectives and skills, verified by digital credentials. The judging panel found that Mr. Kearns’ proposal for a skill matching application brought a unique perspective to connecting employers and employees and offered an innovative approach to learning pathway design and the role played by industry and trade associations.

Latest news

Going Digital With Badges

Going Digital With Badges

The (American) National Association of Elementary School Principals picks up on the potential of badges.

Community colleges begin linking digital badges, ePortfolios and recruiting matches

Community colleges begin linking digital badges, ePortfolios and recruiting matches

Credly and Portfolium have teamed up to allow students to demonstrate their badges in digital portfolios, which can then be shown to potential employers.

LGRYA 2017: Digital as a tool (not the end result) for youth engagement in arts and heritage

LGRYA 2017: Digital as a tool (not the end result) for youth engagement in arts and heritage

Together with the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), Digitalme are doing some 'pre-pilot' work on Cities of Learning in the UK. This post outlines some of that work in the arts and cultural sector.

IBM wins top industry award for innovation in digital credentials

IBM wins top industry award for innovation in digital credentials

Last year, IBM issued Open Badges to alost 200,000 people in more than 158 countries across 800 activity areas. This incredible fact has led to them winning the 2017 ITCC Award for their innovation work.

There's a badge for that

A Constellation of Microcredentials

We Are Open Co-op's very own Doug Belshaw sat down with Patrick Tanguay to discuss eveverything badges!

What do learners want?

What do learners want?

Education Design Lab has been working to map out career pathways across various sectors. By making these pathways visible, they hope, it should be possible to spot what is missing from the ecosystem.

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

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Innovative uses of badges

Del Lago Academy in Escondido, California, is a high school with around 800 students. Their focus is on 'Applied Sciences' which they understand as meaning developing the knowledge and skills future employers are looking for, but also developing relevance and interest for students in their everyday lives, here and now.

Competency X is Del Lago Academy's badging platform, made possible through grants supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Badges are available in line with the Next Generation Science Standards, with defined pathways that lead towards digital portfolios.

Badges are available for all kinds of knowledge and skills, with one highlighted every quarter in a 'badge showcase' — along with an example portfolio of student work.

Recent academic articles

  • Gunn, C. (2017, March). Using digital badges in faculty development: Motivating or meaningless?. In Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1562-1567). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • Jones, W. M., Hope, S., & Adams, B. (2017). Teachers' perceptions of digital badges as recognition of professional development. British Journal of Educational Technology.
  • Milligan, S., & Kennedy, G. (2017). To What Degree? Alternative Micro-credentialing in a Digital Age. In R. James, et al. Visions for American Tertiary Education. (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.

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