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Issue 20

2nd October 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 plans to use digital badges to categorize the scientific significance of reported research; a thesis exploring the role, implementation and impact of digital open badges on a Civil Engineering degree, as well as a presentation by Dr Wayne Gibbons; and growing a global community of educators through virtual events.
Edited by Gráinne Hamilton  Grainne Hamilton
 
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Digital badges will be used to categorize scientific significance of reported research.
The Role, Implementation and Impact of Digital Open Badges on a Civil Engineering Degree

Dr Wayne Gibbons' EdD thesis evaluates an intervention intended to increase student engagement and motivation (two factors affecting retention) in a module on the Civil Engineering degree at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). This involved mapping the skills and behaviours required to succeed in the module to a set of digital open badges.

The implication of the findings is that digital open badges influence student engagement and motivation through building confidence and incentivising attendance. Stakeholders have recognised positive aspects, and there is an indication that digital open badges can play an important role in enhancing student employability.

Access Dr Wayne Gibbons' thesis

Dr Wayne Gibbons' research on digital open badges
 
Articles and webinar from Open Badge Factory
Badgr and Emsi Announce Partnership to Advance Skills Portability and Transparency
Concentric Sky and Emsi announce groundbreaking new partnership connecting skill-based micro-credentials with real-time labor market insights. Find out more...
Growing a global community of educators through virtual events

Article from Participate
New Network to Accelerate Skills-Based Education and Hiring
Amid record joblessness in the USA, the Open Skills Network launches to champion common, open skills libraries to better connect today’s learners with career opportunities. 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
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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