Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education
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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)

A Personal History of #OpenBadges in 50+ Articles (2013 to the Present) | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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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Digital disruption and academia: Are we ready for Uber-versities in 10 years?

Digital disruption and academia: Are we ready for Uber-versities in 10 years? | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The photographic, media, telecommunication and taxi industries have all experienced the pain of digital disruption but academia has so far been immune. That may be about to change.
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Micro-Credentials: The Future of Professional Learning

Micro-Credentials: The Future of Professional Learning | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
By Tom Vander Ark - A system of micro-credentials is how educators will be prepared and how they will be recognized for their professional learning.

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Teachers will be more diverse learning agents in the future. Many will become more specialised and micro-credentials will increasingly show mastery. 

RuleIS's curator insight, September 7, 2015 6:02 AM

How to deal with people (like me) who develop their own skills ? Companies need to have bright vision of who knows what to organize work. As Intelligence (faculty of understanding) will become a precious asset, diplomas and certificates will no longer be as easy to value as they were... What about micro-credentials ?

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Library - Open Badges In Higher Education

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OBHE Library curated by James WIllis III

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A growing collection of badge papers and book chapters.

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Partnership highlights increasing use of digital credentials - eCampus News

Partnership highlights increasing use of digital credentials - eCampus News | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
DeakinDigital, Credly team up to offer digital credentials for professional skills.

digital-badgingDeakinDigital, a wholly owned subsidiary of Deakin University, is partnering with Credly in the delivery of its new credentialing program, which it touts as an alternative to traditional education models.

The move could drastically reduce the time it takes to attain certain degrees, university representatives said.
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The Beginning of the End of Traditional Higher Education

The Beginning of the End of Traditional Higher Education | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Once employers start seeing qualified candidates with alternative educational backgrounds, the ability of the four-year colleges to hold students hostage to increasingly worthless degrees will gradually weaken. Then, the traditional academic institutions can choose to evolve or perish.

Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
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In this opinion piece the author shares why they believe that higher education is on "it's last legs". Agree or disagree?

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Digital badges find their niche - eClassroom News

Digital badges find their niche - eClassroom News | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A community effort is making badges practical in one city this summer

This summer, as schools let out, thousands of Pittsburgh students streamed into digital media programs, drop-in maker spaces, and paid internships across the city. As they shuffle back to school, or even enter into the workforce, many will be adding shiny new digital badges to their online portfolios as a record of their hard work.

The opportunity comes courtesy of Pittsburgh City of Learning, which is working with major community partners to provide more than a hundred different, mostly free, summer programs to about 5,000 learners. And digital badges play a big part.

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WHERE DO WE MOOC FROM HERE ..?

WHERE DO WE MOOC FROM HERE ..? | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In the event that the MOOC endeavours were to collapse or spectacularly crash and fade into oblivion, the underlying idealogy, design and output of the pseudo-MOOCs will prevail in the form of online learning the plethora of new innovations and added services that are developed in the process.

Succinctly, cMOOCs focus on knowledge creation and generation whereas xMOOCs focus on knowledge duplication. In order for the MOOC, in its original form, to be transformative, the education system must in tandem revolutionize until there is a parallel system of free or low-fee credentials, not controlled by traditional colleges, that leads to jobs. Alas, their true impact won’t be felt until students and learners of all kinds have access to digital credentials that are also built for the modern world.
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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
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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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NMC On the Horizon > Digital Badges in Higher Education

NMC On the Horizon > Digital Badges in Higher Education | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Certified skills are a valuable form of academic and professional capital. In this edition of the NMC Beyond the Horizon virtual event series, we will explore the use of digital open badges. These portable machine-readable credentials can verify the mastery of competencies demonstrated across the learning experience while connecting learners to new opportunities and workforce demand.

The panelists draw on experience supporting a range of institutions in developing digital credential badge programs that verify achievements in competency-based education degree programs, open online courses, cross-curricular literacies, co- and extra-curricular activities, student affairs, and faculty development — among other areas. This online program considers topics including new ways of thinking about assessing skills as well as how digital credentials can inform new programs and strengthen relationships.
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An Online Badging System Supporting Educators' STEM Learning (PDF Download Available)

An Online Badging System Supporting Educators' STEM Learning (PDF Download Available) | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Official Full-Text Publication: An Online Badging System Supporting Educators' STEM Learning on ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists.
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The Online College That Credits Life Experience

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Competency-based learning measures knowledge, not time.

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Challenges and Opportunities: Innovative Credentials in the Medical Education Space

Challenges and Opportunities: Innovative Credentials in the Medical Education Space | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Competency-based education has been gaining momentum across the American higher education landscape over the past five years, but in the medical education field competencies have been king since 2000. That said, some main campuses are still wary of the competency-based approach to credentialing and management tools, for the most part, are lagging behind in helping institutions to support these students. In this interview, Larry Gruppen discusses competency-based programming through the medical education lens, reflects on some of the reasons why he and his colleagues launched their Master’s of Professional Health Education program and discusses some of the challenges of managing this program in the current postsecondary climate.

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Australian University Eyes Use of Badging for Credit -- Campus Technology

Australian University Eyes Use of Badging for Credit -- Campus Technology | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
An Australian university with an international online student body expects to begin accepting digital badging in 2016 that could reduce the amount of time required for people to obtain their master's degrees in IT.
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U.S. Department of Commerc Economics and Statistics Administratio U.S. CENSUS BUREA census.go Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials: 2012

U.S. Department of Commerc Economics and Statistics Administratio U.S. CENSUS BUREA census.go Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials: 2012 | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The strong relationship between education and personal achievement is a basic tenet of our society, as well as an often-examined topic of social science research. Much of this research relies on traditional measures of educational attainment based on academic degrees, including high school diplomas, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and advanced degrees. However, in recent years, attention has been called to the variety of educational credentials other than academic degrees that have labor market value. Policy makers and researchers have begun to consider the role of these “alternative educational credentials” in job placement, earnings, and career advancement.

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Moving beyond college: Rethinking higher education regulation for an unbundled world - AEI

Moving beyond college: Rethinking higher education regulation for an unbundled world - AEI | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
New “unbundled” higher education providers are constrained by the regulatory system’s reliance on the traditional bundled model.
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Digital badges find their niche | eSchool News | eSchool News

Digital badges find their niche | eSchool News | eSchool News | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it

A community effort is making badges practical in one city

This summer, as schools let out, thousands of Pittsburgh students streamed into digital media programs, drop-in maker spaces, and paid internships across the city. As they shuffle back to school, or even enter into the workforce, many will be adding shiny new digital badges to their online portfolios as a record of their hard work.

The opportunity comes courtesy of Pittsburgh City of Learning, which is working with major community partners to provide more than a hundred different, mostly free, summer programs to about 5,000 learners. And digital badges play a big part.

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