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Issue 19

4th September 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 IBM issuing its 3 millionth digital badge; an article exploring how to make lifelong learning work; information on a new grant awarded for mapping the education and training marketplace and articulating credential information; employer-based upskilling; supporting the development of large badge systems with shareable badge applications; skills and recognition awards for medical students; and preparing professionals for a rapidly changing workforce.
Edited by Gráinne Hamilton  Grainne Hamilton
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IBM awards its three millionth digital badge (and disrupts the labor market in five big ways)
Find out more...
How to make lifelong learning work

In this article Stuart Pedley-Smith, head of learning at Kaplan, says: “We need to get away from thinking that once you have studied for three years and your course completes, there is nothing more to learn. Lifelong learning is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. It’s an ongoing programme of study.”

The article suggests: "Gamification that rewards behaviours could potentially help to get people in an ‘always learning’ mindset. Kaplan rewards its students for attempting tests, rather than succeeding in them. Gamification that rewards behaviours could potentially help to get people in an ‘always learning’ mindset. Kaplan rewards its students for attempting tests, rather than succeeding in them. “Attributes of character, like diligence and determination and motivation, could be very valuable when you think about this lifelong learning as a skill set.”

“You could, hypothetically, end up with a number of smaller certificates or badges on your CV to highlight how up to date your skills are... That proves your commitment to lifelong learning and a sign of the quality of your work... ”"

Read more of this ICAEW article

Supporting the development of large badge systems with shareable badge applications
 
Article by Open Badge Factory
Credential Engine Awarded Grant to Map the Education and Training Marketplace
Credential Engine has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation it will use to expand state adoption of their open source Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), a common language for articulating credential information such as associated competencies, pathways, earnings and links to job skills. Read more...
St George’s University of London Launches the George’s Award with Myshowcase.me

Skills and Recognition Award to boost students' employability skills...
Article from openbadges.me
Employer-based Upskilling for the New Economy
Walmart has implemented a suite of 18 short-form digital credentials as part of their provision for employee professional development. They comment that: "demand for these “future of work” skills continues to grow, even in the face of coronavirus; millions of jobs nationwide remain unfilled as employers struggle to find, recruit, and retain employees with these capabilities." Read more...
Preparing professionals for a rapidly changing workforce

Article from Participate
Have you read a great article about learning you'd like us to include in an upcoming issue? Get in touch with a link!
Events
  • Open Recognition Alliance - Badge Clinic series of webinars. Check calendar for info
  • W3C Educational/Occupational Credentials Task Force - bi-weekly community calls organised via the W3C Credentials Community Group. Sign up to the mailing list for details
Outputs from past events
Have you got a learning event planned you'd like us to include in an upcoming issue? Get in touch with a link!

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