Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education
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Digital badges are used to provide incentives and grant certification for informal learning.
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Curtin Badges

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A digital badge is an online indicator of an accomplishment or affiliation that contains links that help explain the context, meaning, processes and results of learning engagements.

 

Badges can be outward or internal facing markers of achievement. When displayed to the world, a badge reflects one’s skills and capabilities; and carries the university’s reputation for quality teaching and learning. When used internally, a badge indicates passing a milestone along a journey toward a goal.

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Curtin University at the bleeding edge of development and application of Digital Badging strategies.  

 

Recent paper on the topic here: 

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10639-013-9291-7/fulltext.html

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Developing Networked Badging Systems

Developing Networked Badging SystemsHASTAC Badges Competition Webinar October 24, 2012 Daria Ng, Senior Program Associate Joliz Cedeño, Pro…
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Quality-Dimensions-for-Connected-Credentials.pdf

Quality Dimensions for Connected Credentials

The current credentialing ecosystem in the United States developed over time to meet the needs of society and economic structures in which often a single credential served an individual well for a stable career over a lifetime. But today’s economy and society depend on ever-higher levels of knowledge and the ability to rapidly evolve and adapt to changing circumstances. Credentials have proliferated to meet the needs of the diverse twenty-first century knowledge economy.
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Pearson, Capella U. partner to issue digital badges - eCampus News

Pearson, Capella U. partner to issue digital badges - eCampus News | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A new partnership demonstrates the growth of digital badges and connecting higher education to employability.
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OpenBadges: The Deleterious Effects of Mistaking Security for Trust

OpenBadges: The Deleterious Effects of Mistaking Security for Trust | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
What is the relationship between trust and security, security and privacy, privacy and personal data protection? For some time now, I knew that there was something wrong with the so-called trust technologies, but I did not take the time to pin down what the source of the problem was. Apart from rechristening them as distrust technologies, I did not make the effort to explore any further the matter. Here are two excerpts from previous posts:
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A Digital Badge Initiative: Two Years Later -- Campus Technology

Two years ago, Coastal Carolina University implemented Coastal Composition Commons (CCC), a university-wide digital badge initiative designed to make student learning outcomes tied to first-year composition courses more visible to both faculty and students while providing a more unified experience across the program. Just before the initiative was launched, the program founders, Alan Reid (assistant professor) and Denise Paster (assistant professor and coordinator of composition), published a 2014 piece in Campus Technology that concluded with a promising outlook: “[We] anticipate that the Coastal Composition Commons project will yield positive results and become a model template for future badge programs in higher education.”
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Open Badge Network

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The Open Badge Network (OBN) is an Erasmus + project which brings together organisations from across Europe to support the development of an Open Badge ecosystem, promoting the use of Open Badges to recognise non-formal and informal learning.

Mozilla Open Badges is an open standard that allows all skills and achievements to be recognised and shared across the web. Schools, Universities, Employers and informal learning providers globally are using open badges to capture life long learning which is currently unrecognised.

This project aims to provide a trusted source of independent information, tools and informed practice to support people who are interested in creating, issuing and earning badges across Europe.

You can see who is already issuing badges on the map above and share your planned or active badge projects too.
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The major momentum behind micro-credentials

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New partnerships and pioneers are giving Digital Promise’s badging movement a new push


Educators are, by definition, continuous learners. They spend their careers striving to become better practitioners, whether through formal professional development activities like workshops and in-service days, or informal engagements like Twitter chats, EdCamps, and virtual coaching and communities. In fact, research conducted by Digital Promise and Grunwald suggests that educators often pursue these learning activities to satiate their own love of learning and desire to better serve their students.

While we know educators are always learning, our systems for recognizing that learning have not quite caught up. Professional development structures typically recognize educators for the time they spend learning in formal activities and rarely acknowledge informal learning. Similarly, these structures often do not focus on competency (whether an educator can apply their learning in their classrooms), which is an important step toward understanding the impact of each learning activity.

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Blockchain and how it will change everything

Blockchain and how it will change everything | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
As the federal government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull seeks to lift economic growth by encouraging more innovation, it seems likely that blockchain applications will be on the agenda of the Digital Transformation Office.
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Mozilla’s Continued Commitment to Open Badges

Mozilla’s Continued Commitment to Open Badges | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it

What’s Ahead

In 2016, Mozilla will continue to support the Open Badges ecosystem we helped seed. We’re taking on a smaller role, and working alongside several players, but remain committed to the initiative. We’ll also apply what we learned: Open Badges can evolve best as a collaborative, community-driven effort. Its future is brightest when the community comes together to carry it forward.

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What a post-Persona landscape means for Open Badges — Solidarity for Slackers — Medium

What a post-Persona landscape means for Open Badges - Solidarity for Slackers - Medium

Although I’m not aware of an official announcement from the Badge Alliance, I think it’s worth making three points here.
1. You can still use Persona
2. Persona is not central to the Open Badges Infrastructure
3. A post-Persona badges system has its advantages

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Digital Badges Certify Competencies Gained through Student Clubs

Digital Badges Certify Competencies Gained through Student Clubs | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Key Takeaways
This study investigated the potential for digital badges to certify andshowcase the competencies students gain while participating in campus-based clubs.Thirty-one young professionals who were active in student clubs during college were asked about the value that digital badges might have had for their careers if the badges had been available when they were students.Most (58 percent) said that using digital badges to certify and highlight competencies gained through student club activities would have been useful as they entered the job market after college.Study participants' views varied depending on their club experiences; those who focused on knowledge acquisition and leadership in their clubswere more favorable toward digital badges than those whose involvement emphasized professional networking.
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So You Want to Drive Instruction With Digital Badges? Start With the Teachers :: EdSurge News :: Terry Grier

So You Want to Drive Instruction With Digital Badges? Start With the Teachers :: EdSurge News :: Terry Grier | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
While badging for students shows real promise, a partnership between the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and VIF International Education demonstrates that in the short run the best approach to scaling digital badging is not to focus on students, but on their teachers.

Beginning this past fall, HISD launched a global learning initiative in 28 elementary schools. The district will expand the program to a total of 51 elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year. To ensure program quality for our students, we partnered with VIF to provide our teachers with globally themed online professional development and a customized digital badging system. Within the professional development platform, they also have access to curricular resources and a community of fellow educators to spur and support collaborative projects and innovative approaches. But the core of the system is the badging approach to professional development.

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All sizes | Race to the White House Badges Summer 2012 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

All sizes | Race to the White House Badges Summer 2012 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Wiley To Use Credly Digital Badges -- Campus Technology

Wiley To Use Credly Digital Badges -- Campus Technology | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Two companies that serve higher education are teaming up to mesh learning resources with digital credentials.
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Open badges + credentials: the value of the not-credential — Medium

Open badges + credentials: the value of the not-credential — Medium | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The value of things that count
 We live in a world dominated by credentials. Credentials carry with them a public perception of rigor, assessment, brand. Credentials are the things that “count.” They’re what we look for on resumes, and what we ask about in conversations; they’re the lodestones and compass points of our social, cultural, personal, and political worlds. Unfortunately, some of our current social problems revolve around the basic binary nature of credentials: either you have them or you don’t. Either you have something that indicates your worth or you don’t.
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OpenCloudConsortium - YouTube

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Learn more about the Open Cloud Consortium (OCC) and the Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC)
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Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases (Paperback) - Routledge

Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases (Paperback) - Routledge | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In recent years, digital badging systems have become a credible means through which learners can establish portfolios and articulate knowledge and skills for both academic and professional settings. Digital Badges in Education provides the first…
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Some thoughts on the evidence behind Open Badges — Solidarity for Slackers — Medium

Some thoughts on the evidence behind Open Badges - Solidarity for Slackers - Medium

A couple of weeks ago, prompted by a post I wrote about Open Badges and HR, Alan Levine wrote a post entitled Seeking Evidence of Badge Evidence. He made many good points in it, which led to Nate Otto (Director of the Badge Alliance) to invite Alan, myself, and a couple of others to engage in a panel session during today’s Open Badges community call.


This post is me thinking out loud about Nate’s proposed questions:


1.  What type of evidence are people collecting for badges today?
2.  What are challenges and barriers to effectively using evidence with badges?
3.  What services and capabilities could be solutions to these challenges?
4.  Who should hold and control badge evidence? Issuers? Earners?

I’m going to answer these in two sections rather than point by point.

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5 vital focus areas to make postsecondary credentials a success - eCampus News

5 vital focus areas to make postsecondary credentials a success - eCampus News | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A more accessible and easily understood system for credentials could have a major impact on learners, employers and education providers moving forward.
What will it take to make credentialing an easier process for students? How can education stakeholders validate credentials? What do employers need from today’s credentials? How can minority learners better take advantage of credentials?

Those are just some of the issues addressed in a new report from Lumina Foundation concerning the Connecting Credentials partnership, which aims to address problems that hamper students’ efforts to attain high-quality credentials in the current higher education system.
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February 11th Webinar: Digital badging: Transforming education through personalized instruction - Association for Educational Communication & Technology

February 11th Webinar: Digital badging: Transforming education through personalized instruction - Association for Educational Communication & Technology | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The AECT Systems Thinking and Change Division would like to invite you to an upcoming webinar on Thursday, February 11th, 1pm EST/10am PST, titled Digital badging: Transforming education through personalized instruction. Dr. William Watson will will examine the problems of education through a systems thinking lens and discuss how digital badges can play an important part in transforming education to a personalized, learning-focused paradigm. Register now at: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=yw7wlpiqgv83
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Beyond Badges: Why Personalized Learning Advocates Need to Care about Blockchain | EdTech Strategies

Beyond Badges: Why Personalized Learning Advocates Need to Care about Blockchain | EdTech Strategies | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart has argued that “parent-managed learner profiles” will by key to both enabling and scaling personalization in education. As Tom envisions, these profiles would include all of the elements of traditional school transcripts, supplemented with richer, more nuanced, and actionable information about student learning attainment, achievement, and needs. Critical to this vision is the ability for the student transcript to both be easily portable (and under direct parent/student control) and decentralized (in that traditional education institutions should not completely control or dictate its contents).

While digital badging and its underlying technical approach points a way forward to solving some of the issues associated with a ‘distributed proof of learning’ system, there has emerged another approach that might hold even more promise: blockchain technology.

For those not familiar with the concept of the blockchain (and I wasn’t until I serendipitously learned of Gridcoin, the socially-conscious kissing cousin to the more famous crypto-currency Bitcoin), here’s a simplified description:

The blockchain is a secure, openly replicated and distributed, ledger of every…transaction ever executed. In addition to this data being openly shared amongst all participating services, there is a mechanism to constantly identify discrepancies and test them across the entire network, automatically identifying and overriding illegitimate transactions as it goes.

(excerpted from Forget Bitcoin – Blockchain is coming: Blockchain will be the banking MP3 disruptor)

 

In essence, blockchain technology allows a system of trust to be maintained in the absence of a central authority.

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Six Steps to Building High-Quality Open Digital Badges

Six Steps to Building High-Quality Open Digital Badges | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Open digital badges are changing how individuals’ credentials are recognized as publicly viewable artifacts that not only contain claims to learning, but also provide evidence of that learning.

 

Used in a myriad of ways to acknowledge achievements, badges can circulate in social networks to transform how learning is achieved, evidenced and distributed in real time. Badges act as a way for us to take a closer look at the skill sets a person has acquired in formal informal and online settings. Learning occurs naturally outside the classroom setting, but rarely is it recognized or valued in the same way that formal learning is. Badges help connect different types of learning settings, locations and experiences.

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Open Badges in 2016: A Look Ahead — Badge Alliance — Medium

Open Badges in 2016: A Look Ahead - Badge Alliance - Medium
The Open Badges project is growing up. We’re now in our 5th year, so in many countries around the world, we’d be about ready to enter school. There has been a continuous community gathered around this technology from the very start, populated by dedicated individuals, organizations, companies, nonprofits, and foundations. We came together in 2014 to form the Badge Alliance, to stake a claim in this belief that when we build a distributed ecosystem of educational credentials together, we will give people the tools to manage their digital footprints themselves, without requiring a relationship with any one particular mega-corporation. We believe that by working together in the open, we can build systems that improve access and equity of educational and career opportunities.
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A Personal History of #OpenBadges in 50+ Articles (2013 to the Present)

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Here is a personal history of #OpenBadges in 50+ articles from 2013 through the middle of 2015.
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How micro-credentials could have a chance | eSchool News | eSchool News

How micro-credentials could have a chance | eSchool News | eSchool News | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Micro-credentials could have a hugely beneficial impact on teacher professional development if they are part of a well-organized system.

 

Just 15 percent of teachers in the survey said they are even somewhat familiar with the concept of micro-credentials, which the report defines as addressing “the need for competency-based learning for educators by allowing them to identify specific competencies they wish to develop, submit evidence of their competence and then receive recognition for that learning through digital badges.”

 

However, after reading a description of micro- credentials, more than 70 percent of teachers surveyed said they are at least somewhat interested in them, and 65 percent of those surveyed said they are at least somewhat likely to try to earn micro-credentials as part of their professional development.

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