Issue 9

1st November 2019
Welcome to the 9th 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 a free ebook on microcredentials; 7 arguments for taking a national approach to Open Badges; current projects that are attempting to define 'quality' in digital credentials; making Open Badges portable; and the world's first Open Badges issuing Twitter Bot: BadgeBot.

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A free new guidebook from Participate covers how micro-credentials can be used, emerging technologies and future developments. Read more...
7 Arguments for a National Approach to Open Badges in Education

"An increasing number of educational institutions worldwide are gaining experience with open badges: digital certificates that show the owner of the badge possesses certain skills or knowledge. In The Netherlands, SURF is developing an infrastructure with which Dutch educational institutions can issue edubadges. With this national approach, The Netherlands is one of the forerunners worldwide."

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There Are 700K+ Credentials — and Counting. Which Ones Are ‘Quality’?
An article in EdSurge reflects on current projects that are attempting to define 'quality' in digital credentials. They include Credential Engine and the National Skills Coalition. "Credential Engine hopes its database will eventually help people discern which credentials offer the most value for personal learning and employment opportunities". "...the National Skills Coalition... focused explicitly on establishing a definition of what counts as a quality non-degree credential. Its answer: one that offers evidence of competencies and corresponds clearly with positive employment outcomes in fields that have substantial job opportunities." Read more...
Making Open Badges more portable with alternative formats

Open Badge Factory will soon allow you to issue a badge as a standalone signed PDF badge that is forgery-proof, and can be used without a displayer service. Read more...
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Expanding Opportunity: Defining Quality Non-Degree Credentials for States
The subject of quality in digital credentials is a complex one, with various stances on what determines quality. This latest report, from the National Skills Coalition, proposes a definition for what counts as a quality non-degree credential. "A quality non-degree credential is: one that provides individuals with the means to equitably achieve their informed employment and educational goals. There must be valid, reliable, and transparent evidence that the credential satisfies the criteria that constitute quality." Read more...
Introducing — BadgeBot: The World’s First Open Badges Issuing Twitter Bot
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