Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education
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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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My eQuals is a shared platform
My eQuals was developed to give students, graduates, employers and third parties anytime, anywhere access to certified degrees and transcripts.

My eQuals is owned by the participating universities, and managed by Higher Ed Services (HES) on behalf of the participants.
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My eQuals is a shared platform My eQuals was developed to give students, graduates, employers and third parties anytime, anywhere access to certified degrees and transcripts. My eQuals is owned by the participating universities, and managed by Higher Ed Services (HES) on behalf of the participants.
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Odem is a new startup using Blockchain to transform education 

Odem is a new startup using Blockchain to transform education  | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
ODEM is the developer of the world’s first On-Demand Education Marketplace. ODEM Token trading on Bitfinex, the world’s largest and most-advanced cryptocurrency exchange, will significantly enhance the token’s liquidity while advancing ODEM’s mission of using blockchain, or distributed ledger technology to make higher education more accessible and affordable. “We’re very excited to become part of the Bitfinex’s world-class family of digital currencies,” says Richard Maaghul, ODEM’s chief executive officer. “Listing on Bitfinex is a very positive development for buyers of ODEM Tokens.”

ODEM is developing a blockchain-based platform to streamline the logistics of organizing and delivering short-and-medium-term academic experiences. Blockchain technology also underpins the creation of ODEM Tokens. By empowering students to own their education, ODEM is creating a venue for top professors and lecturers to actively market their expertise and personal brands. ODEM makes education more affordable, removes expensive intermediaries and facilitates prompt payment to ODEM verified educators. It also arranges the issuance of educational certificates for students who complete their courses.
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ODEM is the developer of the world’s first On-Demand Education Marketplace. ODEM Token trading on Bitfinex, the world’s largest and most-advanced cryptocurrency exchange, will significantly enhance the token’s liquidity while advancing ODEM’s mission of using blockchain, or distributed ledger technology to make higher education more accessible and affordable. “We’re very excited to become part of the Bitfinex’s world-class family of digital currencies,” says Richard Maaghul, ODEM’s chief executive officer. “Listing on Bitfinex is a very positive development for buyers of ODEM Tokens.”

ODEM is developing a blockchain-based platform to streamline the logistics of organizing and delivering short-and-medium-term academic experiences. Blockchain technology also underpins the creation of ODEM Tokens. By empowering students to own their education, ODEM is creating a venue for top professors and lecturers to actively market their expertise and personal brands. ODEM makes education more affordable, removes expensive intermediaries and facilitates prompt payment to ODEM verified educators. It also arranges the issuance of educational certificates for students who complete their courses.
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Higher ed group seeks key role in alternative credential landscape

Higher ed group seeks key role in alternative credential landscape | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Major employers will be invited to have their internal training programs evaluated for academic creditworthiness under a new digital credentialing system led by the American Council on Education.

The initiative, launched today, will see ACE team up with the digital credential provider Credly to help people put a value on skills they have learned outside college courses.

Through a $1.5 million grant from the Lumina Foundation, ACE will work with employers to assess which skills and competencies employees can derive from work-based training programs, and how much college credit these are worth.
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The American Council on Education has announced plans to evaluate skills learned in the workplace, putting a key higher ed organization in the middle of the alternative credentials landscape.
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In Evolving World of Microcredentials, Students, Colleges and Employers Want Different Things - EdSurge News

In Evolving World of Microcredentials, Students, Colleges and Employers Want Different Things - EdSurge News | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Many colleges these days are experimenting with short-form online degrees to try to reach new audiences and offer new options, often at a lower cost

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Business must tone down its lust for big data | ZDNet

Business must tone down its lust for big data | ZDNet | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Privacy is a human right, and businesses need to remember that. So do governments.
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Improving the Signal-to-Noise Ratio of Postsecondary Credentials

Improving the Signal-to-Noise Ratio of Postsecondary Credentials | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Key Takeaways


Despite the widely acknowledged value of traditional college degrees, the options for alternative postsecondary degrees continue to grow — not least because a traditional degree's meaning in terms of the knowledge and skills of the bearer often seems ambiguous.


Given this ambiguity, some employers have taken the once-unthinkable step of removing a bachelor's degree from job requirements — even for highly skilled, professional roles.


Facing the proliferation of degree and certification types, issuing institutions, learning technology vendors, and employers must come together to establish standards and recognized practices for managing programs and granting credentials.

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Key Takeaways Despite the widely acknowledged value of traditional college degrees, the options for alternative postsecondary degrees continue to grow — not least because a traditional degree's meaning in terms of the knowledge and skills of the bearer often seems ambiguous. Given this ambiguity, some employers have taken the once-unthinkable step of removing a bachelor's degree from job requirements — even for highly skilled, professional roles. Facing the proliferation of degree and certification types, issuing institutions, learning technology vendors, and employers must come together to establish standards and recognized practices for managing programs and granting credentials.
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MIT issues learner-owned digital diplomas on the blockchain - eCampus News

MIT issues learner-owned digital diplomas on the blockchain - eCampus News | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has issued learner-owned academic credentials on the blockchain. The University’s Digital Diploma Pilot Program allowed a select cohort of students to receive both a paper diploma and a digital diploma anchored to the blockchain. Digital diplomas are encoded using the open-source Blockcerts standard, which was developed by Learning Machine Technologies and the MIT Media Lab.

Speaking to MIT News, Registrar and Senior Associate Mary Callahan said, “From the beginning, one of our primary motivations has been to empower students to be the curators of their own credentials. This pilot makes it possible for them to have ownership of their records and be able to share them in a secure way, with whomever they choose.”

Blockcerts was published under the MIT open source license in 2016, leading to its adoption around the world by companies, governments, and researchers seeking to build their own applications for issuing and verifying documents on the blockchain. It was released prior to any commercial applications in order to avoid a standards war and vendor lock-in, problems common during the early stages of adopting any fundamentally new technology.
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Speaking to MIT News, Registrar and Senior Associate Mary Callahan said, “From the beginning, one of our primary motivations has been to empower students to be the curators of their own credentials. This pilot makes it possible for them to have ownership of their records and be able to share them in a secure way, with whomever they choose.”
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Learning, Engaging, Enhancing with Digital Badging

Learning, Engaging, Enhancing with Digital Badging | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Motivating busy higher education professionals to learn and engage with one another isn't always an easy task; there are plenty of logistical hurdles, and often, little recognition of one's efforts in an initiative. As a partner in a high impact grant program, our team at Achieving the Dream sought to change that.
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Motivating busy higher education professionals to learn and engage with one another isn't always an easy task; there are plenty of logistical hurdles, and often, little recognition of one's efforts in an initiative. As a partner in a high impact grant program, our team at Achieving the Dream sought to change that.
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Aimed at advising staff and other professional staff...primarily desktop/digital delivery = convenient.
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Badging breakthroughs

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Next time you want to reward students or teachers for going above and beyond, consider how you might turn that recognition into something substantial—something a high-achiever can add to a résumé or an e-portfolio.

Give them a digital badge for excelling in a skill such as teamwork or leadership, and they can take it with them as evidence after they graduate or should they seek advancement in their careers.

A growing number of districts now award digital badges to students who demonstrate creativity and critical thinking, and even for noteworthy experiences in after-school programs.
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How diplomas based on skill acquisition, not credits earned, could change education - The Hechinger Report

How diplomas based on skill acquisition, not credits earned, could change education - The Hechinger Report | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
“I think it’s going to raise our graduation rate,” said Nokomis Principal Mary Nadeau. “It’s going to free us from backtracking. We can just cut to the chase and say, ‘Can you do this?’”
If a student can write a great essay by the end of 10th grade, she pointed out, why should it matter that he or she struggled to write essays for most of freshman year? Once the student can show proficiency in essay writing, his or her grade on that skill in a previous course can cease to be a concern.
“Part of this change has been about equity,” Nadeau said. Deciding to believe that all students are capable of learning all of the standards, she said, “was scary.”
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Where Open Badges Appear to Work Better: Findings from the Design Principles Documentation Project

Where Open Badges Appear to Work Better: Findings from the Design Principles Documentation Project | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
I am happy to report that Where Badges Work Better has finally been released. Final report of the MacArthur-funded Design Principles Documentation Project. One finding was that excessive ambition for measuring individualized competencies crushed many badge system designs. Project that issued badges for engaged participation were generally much more successful: https://lnkd.in/ePgziZX
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"I am happy to report that Where Badges Work Better has finally been released. Final report of the MacArthur-funded Design Principles Documentation Project. One finding was that excessive ambition for measuring individualized competencies crushed many badge system designs. Project that issued badges for engaged participation were generally much more successful: https://lnkd.in/ePgziZX "
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Blockchain: Letting Students Own Their Credentials -- Campus Technology

Blockchain: Letting Students Own Their Credentials -- Campus Technology | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Very soon this nascent technology could securely enable registrars to help students verify credentials without the hassle of ordering copies of transcripts.

While truth may seem evasive on many fronts, a joint academic and industry effort is underway to codify it for credentialing. At the core of the effort is blockchain, a trust technology developed for bitcoin and used in solving other forms of validation between individuals and organizations. Still in its nascent stage, the technology could, within just a year or two, provide the core services that would enable schools to stop acting as if they own proof of learning and help students verify their credentials as needed — without waiting on a records office to do it for them.

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Create student centric experiences using Blockchain. The students can develop a unique talent stack that matches their passion. https://allenvisioninc.com/students-career-success/
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How Microcredentials Help Educators Develop New Tech Skills - EdTech

How Microcredentials Help Educators Develop New Tech Skills - EdTech | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A lot is demanded of teachers. In addition to their daily task of educating students, teachers must also continue to learn. Traditionally, that requires educators to take courses, whether in the classroom or online. 

In efforts to make time-mandated and compliance-based professional learning efficient, technology offers microcredentialing as a vehicle for educators to pursue personal growth. Also known as digital badges, these tools are increasingly used to improve student focus as well as provide a means to incentivize teachers to complete new disciplines.
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A lot is demanded of teachers. In addition to their daily task of educating students, teachers must also continue to learn. Traditionally, that requires educators to take courses, whether in the classroom or online. In efforts to make time-mandated and compliance-based professional learning efficient, technology offers microcredentialing as a vehicle for educators to pursue personal growth. Also known as digital badges, these tools are increasingly used to improve student focus as well as provide a means to incentivize teachers to complete new disciplines.
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Using Digital Badges as an Innovative way to Promote Values Centered Behaviors - Learning & Technology Library (LearnTechLib)

Using Digital Badges as an Innovative way to Promote Values Centered Behaviors - Learning & Technology Library (LearnTechLib) | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Digital badges are used as credentialing to recognize achievements and accomplishments that can be shared through business and social media avenues. This new and innovative technology is typically used to recognize skills, professional development, and achievements within the workplace; however this program seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of using digital badges as a way to recognize individuals for soft skills such as professional and ethical behaviors exemplified in everyday life. Within the context of a Jesuit university, Jesuit Values are not only part of the school’s mission, but are also the foundation for community engagement. Quite often, these values and behaviors are not recognized, therefore, the authors seek to evaluate the use of digital badging technology to increase morale and capitalize on the positive relationships that presently exist within the university community. For the scope of this project, Digital badges explicitly recognize those who do more than expected, those who work in the background making sure everything runs smoothly, and those who extend themselves far beyond others; the unsung heroes of the university.
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Digital badges are used as credentialing to recognize achievements and accomplishments that can be shared through business and social media avenues. This new and innovative technology is typically used to recognize skills, professional development, and achievements within the workplace; however this program seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of using digital badges as a way to recognize individuals for soft skills such as professional and ethical behaviors exemplified in everyday life. Within the context of a Jesuit university, Jesuit Values are not only part of the school’s mission, but are also the foundation for community engagement. Quite often, these values and behaviors are not recognized, therefore, the authors seek to evaluate the use of digital badging technology to increase morale and capitalize on the positive relationships that presently exist within the university community. For the scope of this project, Digital badges explicitly recognize those who do more than expected, those who work in the background making sure everything runs smoothly, and those who extend themselves far beyond others; the unsung heroes of the university.
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A scoping review of digital open badge ecosystems in relation to resource-constrained environments | Motheeram | The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa

A scoping review of digital open badge ecosystems in relation to resource-constrained environments | Motheeram | The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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This article presents a scoping review of digital open badge ecosystems. A scoping review can be seen as a methodology for systematically assessing the breadth of available research literature. This article is aimed at identifying the nature, extent and current understanding of digital open badge ecosystems. Scoping reviews follow many of the same methodological steps as systematic reviews where the reliability of results and the potential for replication remain essential. As such, this review follows the eight steps outlined by Okoli and Schabram. From the 1608 studies identified, 41 were considered relevant for inclusion criteria and thus included in a final sample. Some relevant websites and the so-called grey literature were included. These were evaluated according to the inclusion criteria and were categorised. Further subcategories were identified which include the notion of digital badges (n = 35) and open digital badges (n = 18), elements of a digital open badge ecosystem (n = 27) and reported implementations (n = 29). The scoping review presents a literature repository that can be used by practitioners and researchers interested in the application of digital open badges for the establishment of a digital open badge ecosystem. The review also serves to highlight the potential benefits this can have for resource-constrained environments.
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This article presents a scoping review of digital open badge ecosystems. A scoping review can be seen as a methodology for systematically assessing the breadth of available research literature. This article is aimed at identifying the nature, extent and current understanding of digital open badge ecosystems.
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Building a Three-Dimensional Record of Student Learning -- Campus Technology

Building a Three-Dimensional Record of Student Learning -- Campus Technology | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Former Stanford University (CA) registrar Tom Black once described the traditional college transcript as "the record of everything the student has forgotten."

According to Helen Chen, director of e-portfolio initiatives in Stanford's Office of the University Registrar, that dissatisfaction with the limitations of the basic transcript has spurred the university to launch several projects to explore new representations of the student record that might do a better job of conveying a student's learning as well as co-curricular activities.

One prototype sought to organize the student record not chronologically, but according to learning outcomes. "Our general education courses define learning outcomes," Chen said. "What if you could organize the student record according to those outcomes rather than an emphasis on courses and grades?"
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Former Stanford University (CA) registrar Tom Black once described the traditional college transcript as "the record of everything the student has forgotten."
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Digital Credentials Summit 2018 | IMS Global Learning Consortium

Digital Credentials Summit 2018 | IMS Global Learning Consortium | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Why Attend?
Micro-credentials, Open Badges and Extended Transcripts are important components in a strategy to formally recognize and digitally verify learners' knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Are you interested in the latest advancements in micro-credentials? Do you want to learn about the important new features available in Open Badges 2.0? On the first day of this two-day event, hear how educators and employers are designing their learner recognition programs including digital credentials. Day two of the program features an exciting series of showcases, sharing details of numerous innovative and successful programs in a learner-centered credentials ecosystem.  

The IMS Global Learning Consortium annual Summit on Digital Credentials and Open Badges brings education, business, and policy leaders together to discuss and share their experience building strong skills-based partnerships for learner's success.  
Who Should Attend?
Leaders from educational institutions across K-20 and non-traditional learning organizations as well as employers and independent organizations across the world who are interested in implementing innovative and impactful programs using skills-based digital credentials.
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Leaders from educational institutions across K-20 and non-traditional learning organizations as well as employers and independent organizations across the world who are interested in implementing innovative and impactful programs using skills-based digital credentials.
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How Blockchain Will Transform Credentialing (and Education)

How Blockchain Will Transform Credentialing (and Education) | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
According to a new report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service, Blockchain will end paper based certificates, automate the award, recognition and transfer of credits, increase learner ownership and control over their own data, reduce institutional data costs and risk--but only if open standards are adopted.

The JRC report points to likely benefits from blockchain including:
Self-sovereignty: users identify themselves while maintaining control over the storage and management of their personal data;
Trust: infrastructure that gives people enough confidence in its operations to carry through with transactions such as payments or the issue of certificates;
Transparency: conduct transactions in knowledge that each party has the capacity to enter into that transaction;
Immutability: records written and stored permanently without the possibility of modification;
Disintermediation: removal of the need for a central controlling authority to manage transactions or keep records; and
Collaboration: the ability of parties to transact directly with each other without the need for mediating third parties.
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According to a new report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service, Blockchain will end paper based certificates, automate the award, recognition and transfer of credits, increase learner ownership and control over their own data, reduce institutional data costs and risk--but only if open standards are adopted.
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Metrics, recognition, and rewards: it’s time to incentivise the behaviours that are good for research and researchers

Metrics, recognition, and rewards: it’s time to incentivise the behaviours that are good for research and researchers | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Researchers have repeatedly voiced their dissatisfaction with how the journals they publish in are used as a proxy for the evaluation of their work. However, those who wish to break free of this model fear negative consequences for their future funding and careers. Rebecca Lawrence emphasises the importance of addressing researchers’ recognition and reward structures, arguing it is time to move to a system that uses metrics and indicators that incentivise the types of behaviours that are good for research and researchers. The European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform has published a series of recommendations on how this might be done, and encourages their adoption by all stakeholder communities across the research process.
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Researchers have repeatedly voiced their dissatisfaction with how the journals they publish in are used as a proxy for the evaluation of their work. However, those who wish to break free of this model fear negative consequences for their future funding and careers. Rebecca Lawrence emphasises the importance of addressing researchers’ recognition and reward structures, arguing it is time to move to a system that uses metrics and indicators that incentivise the types of behaviours that are good for research and researchers. The European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform has published a series of recommendations on how this might be done, and encourages their adoption by all stakeholder communities across the research process.
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Open Badges v2.0

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This document is a Candidate Final / Public Draft of the Open Badges 2.0 specification, released on 08 March 2017 by IMS Global Learning Consortium. The specification will be considered final when approved by the IMS Technical Advisory Board and published as Final Release by IMS Global.
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This document is a Candidate Final / Public Draft of the Open Badges 2.0 specification, released on 08 March 2017 by IMS Global Learning Consortium. The specification will be considered final when approved by the IMS Technical Advisory Board and published as Final Release by IMS Global.
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School Consortium Proposes a Better Transcript | Getting Smart

School Consortium Proposes a Better Transcript | Getting Smart | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Rather than being organized around content-oriented courses and Carnegie units for credit and grades, the Mastery Transcript is organized around performance areas (rather than academic departments), and mastery standards and micro-credits (rather than grades). Each micro-credit applied to a transcript signifies complete mastery of a specific skill, knowledge block or habit of mind as defined by the crediting high school. 


Patricia Russell, a founding board member, took a year off from her long tenure at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts to serve as the Consortium’s Interim Executive Director.

Russell is delighted at the progress to date, but sees a busy year ahead. The Consortium will build a platform over the next 12 months and then pilot it in a handful of schools during the 2018-19 school year.

The founding schools have a good sense of the design and the basic premise, but Russell acknowledges “they will learn a lot over the next few years.” There are three core principles the new transcript will reflect:

No standardization of content. Performance areas, credit standards and credits are specific only to the individual crediting school and will never be standardized across all schools.
No grades. Letter grading (or the numerical equivalent) will not be used. 


Consistent transcript format. Transcript has to be readable by college admission officers in less than two minutes (so the transcript has to be reasonably consistent across member schools).

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Rather than being organized around content-oriented courses and Carnegie units for credit and grades, the Mastery Transcript is organized around performance areas (rather than academic departments), and mastery standards and micro-credits (rather than grades). Each micro-credit applied to a transcript signifies complete mastery of a specific skill, knowledge block or habit of mind as defined by the crediting high school.
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Badging | ELI EDUCAUSE

Badging | ELI EDUCAUSE | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Digital badges have emerged as a way to document ongoing community engagement, professional development, and accomplishments. Badges recognize incremental learning in highly visible ways. They can support and enhance a career portfolio and may help illuminate a learning path. 

In support of the higher education IT community, EDUCAUSE implemented a badging program in 2014. Those individuals who meet established criteria have an opportunity to earn digital badges in recognition of their engagement with the association. When you earn, display, and share badges, you help draw attention to your community involvement and professional development experiences.  
For more information on badges, please see the ELI publications, Developing A Higher Education Badging Initiative and Where Badges Work Better, the EDUCAUSE Review article Digital Badges for Professional Development or the 7 Things You Should Read About...™ Badging or find other materials in our badge resource library. Be a part of the discussion by joining the Microcredentials and Badges Constituent Group.
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Digital Badges Are Gaining Traction -

Digital Badges Are Gaining Traction - | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
To a lesser degree, I’m also beginning to hear anecdotes of colleges and universities working with area high schools to create badges around college readiness and earning AP-style credit. We might think of this as “high school degree plus.” In other words, badges are organically filling in small but critical gaps in our current credentialing system that make it more difficult for students to move onto the next, post-credential stage in their lives.
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App revolutionizes digital credentials, wins higher ed industry award - eCampus News

App revolutionizes digital credentials, wins higher ed industry award - eCampus News | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Digital platform pioneer Credly, in partnership with Lumina Foundation, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the American Council on Education (ACE), announced today the winner of a special ideation challenge aimed at generating breakthrough ideas to help bridge the skills gap for education and industry association leaders.

The winning submission by Chicago-based architect Larry Kearns is a concept for a web-based recruiting ecosystem that matches candidates with potential employers based on a data-driven record of their perspectives and skills, verified by digital credentials.

The judging panel found that Kearns’ proposal for a skill matching application brought a unique perspective to connecting employers and employees and offered an innovative approach to learning pathway design and the role played by industry and trade associations.
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Badges, Proof and Pathways - DML Central

Badges, Proof and Pathways - DML Central | Digital Badges and Alternate Credentialling in Higher Education | Scoop.it
How do you prove what you know and can do these days? Sure, you can show someone your CV, résumé or LinkedIn profile, but what does that prove? Isn’t that just a bunch of claims you’ve got about the stuff you can do? Where’s the evidence? What can you point to in order to say: “This is me. This is who I am. This is my value to the world?”

Sometimes, it’s quick and easy to show that you’ve got the skills that are required. A quick on-the-spot check proves that you can build the wall, answer support questions, or stand in front of a crowd and hold people’s attention. What’s more difficult to check are things like whether you can bring a multi-stage project in on time and on budget, or how you deal with pressure. For these, we tend to rely on a combination of academic qualifications, training certificates, and recommendations from people we respect. If we’re honest, it’s all a bit of a mess.
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