The Open Badges Community Meeting is open to all individuals and organizations working with Open Badges. There are two ways to participate:
at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This event is being held in conjunction with the IMS Global Learning Consortium quarterly member meeting. Advanced registration
via WebEx. You must signup
in advance to receive login information for the meeting.
PRELIMINARY AGENDA - subject to change
All times EDT (local Michigan time)
9:00-9:15 a.m. - Jeff Bohrer, IMS; Welcome and brief update on IMS activities with Open Badges
9:15-9:45 a.m. - Daniel T. Hickey, Indiana University Learning Sciences Program; Research: Where Badges Work Better
Summary of the findings of an extended study of 30 efforts to develop digital badge systems in the Badges for Lifelong Learning initiative. Includes general finds for competency-based, inquiry-based, and participation-based badge systems, and specific findings for using badges to recognize, assess, motivate, and study learning.
9:45-10:15 a.m. - Victoria Raish and Emily Rimland, Penn State University Libraries; Research: Employer Perceptions of Soft Skills and Digital Badges
Recap of the findings of a survey done with human resources personnel nationwide. We asked questions surrounding recent college graduates’ soft skills readiness, in particular about information literacy, as well as their likelihood of evaluating these skills through digital badges. Results are granular by field and give insights of employers in different industries.
10:15-10:45 a.m. - Shannon Wells, California Community Colleges; 21st Century Skills Badging
21st Century Skills Digital Badges are micro-credentials that supplement learners’ traditional academic measurements such as course completion, certificate and degree and allow employers to understand learners’ less academic yet critical skills needed in the workplace. 21st Century Skills Badges, developed in partnership with New World of Work and the Foundation for California Community Colleges through support by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework, align with New World of Work’s curriculum and resources for its “top 10” 21st Century Employability Skills: Adaptability, Analysis/Solution Mindset, Collaboration, Communication, Digital Fluency, Empathy, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Resilience, Self-Awareness and Social/Diversity Awareness.
10:45-11:15 a.m. - DigitalMe; Mozilla Backpack update
11:15-11:45 a.m. Get Involved with the Open Badges Community
Cate Tolnai, Santa Clara County Schools; K-12 badge network
Doug Belshaw, We Are Open Co-op; Badge Wiki project
Cara Jenkins, IMS OB; Community Directory project
11:45 a.m. - noon - Jeff Bohrer, IMS; additional ways to contribute to Open Badges; closing