Issue 21

6th November 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 posts and podcasts on digital credentials in education; the need for universities to develop exit strategies for students and prove their relevance to employers; the COVID-driven student drop-out crisis; badging skills in the new normal; Erasmus+ virtual exchange badges; 5 mistakes to avoid when designing online courses; and the Institute of Leadership and Management building member engagement with digital credentials.
Edited by Gráinne Hamilton  Grainne Hamilton
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The Emergence of Digital Badge Credentials with Noah Geisel

Post and podcast with Noah Giesel on getting started with digital credentials in education
‘Equity on exit’ in students’ employability is vital

"Universities will need to focus much more on the successful exit of their students if they are to prove their relevance to employers in the next decade" heard participants of an online discussion hosted by University World News in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation as part of its Transformative Leadership series.

Sean Gallagher of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy, who participated, said he: "predicted greater “integration of learning” from the professional education world and industry and pointed to what IBM has achieved with its digital badges and Google with its certificates with Coursera. “We are seeing these industry-based certificates and credentials being woven into the post-secondary institutional curriculum; and in certain cases, where the quality can be recognised, into a formal post-secondary education credential.””

Read more of this University World News article

The Institute of Leadership & Management Build Essential Member Engagement with Digital Credentials

Article from
Tallo and Jobs for America’s Graduates Partner to Prevent a COVID-Driven Dropout Crisis
“The 76,000 students that JAG serves have been hit the hardest – and likely will be impacted for the longest – by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many were experiencing significant barriers before the crisis hit, and now those scenarios are even more acute, given the loss of jobs and income many are facing,” said Ken Smith, President of Jobs for America’s Graduates. The new partnership aims to connect students with employers and mentors in industries of interest through digital badges. Read more...
5 Mistakes you can’t afford to make when designing online courses

Article from Participate
Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Badges
Open Badges have been developed to recognise young people, educators and youth workers’ participation in Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange activities. Each badge is associated with the development of certain competencies, which are understood as encompassing a combination of skills, attitudes and knowledge developed through engagement with the respective activities and roles. Read more...
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Badging skills in the new normal
Article by Open Badge Factory
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