Monday, April 27, 2015

Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy Issues Digital Badges

By Dan Hickey
My web crawler just picked up an intriguing new use of open badges as digital credentials for workplace competencies.  Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy partnered with Credly to offer digital badges for their graduates.  It was interested enough that I called Academy owner Simone Emmons to learn more. Sure enough, this example highlights some key points about alternative digital credentials.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

IMS Global Seeks Members for Its Newest Initiative with Mozilla Foundation

By Gina Howard and James Willis 

On April 21, 2015, the IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS/ IMS Global) announced the creation of the IMS Digital Credentialing Initiative. This new initiative will aim to accelerate the adoption, integration, and transferability of digital credentials and badges in schools, institutions, and corporations. With this new initiative, they are now seeking to form a group of IMS Digital Credentialing charter members.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Amanda Opperman on Competency-Based Badging

by Gina Howard and James Willis

In a recent meeting with Amanda Opperman, a blogger for Wonderlic, James Willis and Dan Hickey discussed the implications of awarding competency-based, open digital badges in the evolving workplace. Wonderlic is a private company that has been offering businesses and schools with a comprehensive library of assessments and surveys for each phase of the hiring and student selection process for the last 75 years. Wonderlic is beginning to explore the potential of competency-based, open digital badges associated with their assessments of vocational competencies, starting with criminal justice and health care.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

MOUSE Badges: Learning from Successful Projects

by James Willis and Gina Howard

As we finalize the soon-to-be published Design Principles Documentation (DPD) findings, we would like to highlight one particularly successful project: MOUSE. Marc Lesser, Education Director at MOUSE, recently posted an insightful blog entry, Why We Badge: Five reasons we set out to design a digital badging system for learners at MOUSE five years ago. Highlighting some of Lesser's points, we also can discuss what the DPD team found to be true about the MOUSE badging system.