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Issue #21
Friday 10th November 2017

Welcome to Badge News from We Are Open Co-op! Our regular newsletter keeps the Open Badges community informed of what's going on, in-and-around the ecosystem.

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This week's featured article has been chosen by Discendum Oy, the organisation behind Open Badge Factory. Click through to read how the gamified, open badges based Learning Online program has successfully helped Finnish teachers to develop and make their digital competences publicly visible.

‘Learning Online’ introduced open badges to teachers’ professional development

A quotation from the article:

"The goal was to research and develop the use of open badges as accreditation of teacher skills development within this project but also make them available publicly. Since the beginning of the project, Learning Online has created 77 badges, received 12583 badge applications and issued badges 10516 times to 1243 applicants. The size of the target group of Finnish vocational teachers is approx. 20,000 and mostly the badge applicants have spent their spare time to attend the program. Acceptance rates (where the receiver transfers the badge to a badge repository) are currently at 93%."

Latest news

Cities of Learning: City Blueprints

Cities of Learning: City Blueprints

The RSA is working with partners in the UK to come up with a version of the 'Cities of Learning' approach that has been so successful in the USA. This link takes you to a blueprint page which contains some practical resources that will be updated throughout 2017 and 2018.

Photo by Daniel McCullough
University of Melbourne First in Asia-Pacific to Issue Recipient-Owned Blockchain Records

University of Melbourne First in Asia-Pacific to Issue Recipient-Owned Blockchain Records

The key here is 'recipient-owned'. They're using a standard called 'Blockcerts' which is an open standard fully compatible with Open Badges 2.0!

More details on Badge Wiki

Open Badges Summit 2017: Modern Employment and Digital Credentials

The first IMS Global Learning Consortium and Digitalme European Open Badges Summit will bring together high-profile employers, members of civil service, education and commercial product leaders to share, learn and discuss the technology, people and climate that make Open Badges work. Special tracks have been designed for technical and non-technical attendees.

(1st December, London)

GrowBit @ ePIC

GrowBit @ ePIC

Although no-one from the We Are Open Co-op team could make it to ePIC this year, it looks to have been another successful event!

This presentation from the GrowBit team gives a fascinating insight into how new technologies such as IPFS and blockchain can be used with Open Badges and selfies(!) to provide open certification.

Digital Portfolios + Micro-credentials = Massive Impact for Students & Teachers

Digital Portfolios + Micro-credentials = Massive Impact for Students & Teachers

This article from Digital Promise explains how "micro-credentials can serve as a scaffolded approach to personalizing professional learning for educators".

See also the announcement that Digtial Promise are working with Facebook to launch digital dkills micro-credentials for adult learners.

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

Badge Wiki

A new knowledge base for the Open Badges community being built by We Are Open Co-op and made possible by Participate. We last met on November 1st (read the write-up here) and you can join our Loomio group to receive updates and to get involved!

Innovative uses of badges

University of Oklahoma: badges in preservice technology integration classes

Noah Geisel, organiser of #BadgeChatK12 interviews Dr. Theresa Cullen and Brodie Smith in this video. They discuss badging in preservice teacher education and "the who what when where and why of it".

Click here to find out more

Recent academic articles

  • Mewburn, I. (2017). A PhD should not look like it’s fun: an actor network theory analysis of digital badges. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, 1(2), 40. (Link)
  • Moen, M. (2017). Media Smart Libraries: Advancing the Digital and Media Literacy Skills of Practicing Librarians through a Digital Badge Project. (Link)
  • Yfantis, V., & Tseles, D. Exploring Gamification In The Public Sector Through The Octalysis Conceptual Model. (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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