2017-Mar-02 OB Workgroup Minutes

2017-Mar-02 OB Workgroup Minutes

Open Badges Workgroup

02 March 2017 - 1EdTech Quarterly Mtg, Orlando



Workgroup forum (agendas, minutes, discussion)

Current published 1.1 spec & documentation (Badge All.)

GitHub repository (2.0)

1EdTech specification milestone tracker

1EdTech Intellectual Property Statement

Workgroup Chairs

Tim Cook

Mark Mercury

1EdTech Staff

Jeff Bohrer

Markus Gylling




Time EST


Led By


Welcome and Introductions


Will Santo (D2L), Nate Otto (Conc Sky), Sherri Braxton-Lieber (UMBC), Bryan Smith (Learning Objects), Wayne Skipper (Conc Sky), Phil Long (UT-Austin), Mark Mercury (Acclaim Pearson), Omid Mufeed (DigitalMe), Paige Brooks-Jeffiers (KCTCS), Joellen Shendy (UMUC), Tim Cook (LRNG)

Jeff Bohrer


Update from Digital Credentials & Badges Executive Board

1EdTech OB 2.0

  • Board received update on work to date of OB Workgroup; reviewed spec at high-level with occasional look at specification during Q&A; unanimous approval for publishing as 1EdTech Candidate Final / Public Draft

  • Strong support for portability and strong support for requiring baked badges for conformance certification

  • 5-6 vendors expressed interest in implementing OB 2.0 by June

Jeff Bohrer

9:30 - 11:30 (with break)

Validator & Conformance

  • Final review of and support for user stories

  • D2L and C Sky may be early testers of validator

  • Discussion of methodology for signed assertions; discussion of extensions and that validating extensions would be good but not current priority for the validator

  • Recommendation to use BadgeCheck as validator engine was supported. Nate and Markus will move forward on this.

Nate Otto


Update on Extended Transcript from 1EdTech CBE Workgroup (slides)

  • Reviewed eT data model

  • Discussed future opportunity and need to align a number of data elements (e.g. issuer profile, evidence) across various specs (eT, OB, others?). Opportunity for 1EdTech to work on creating shared vocabularies.

  • Discussion of in-progress data model. Joellen advocated for eT to serve one purpose and another artifact for in-progress (academic program, informal learning pathway). Question of whether a future pathway specification is emerging.

Bryan Smith




1:00 - 3:30 (with break)

Emerging Topics (See Collaborative Notes for details discussed and documented)

  1. Portability and Interoperability

  2. Discoverability and Search

  3. Privacy and Identity

  4. Evidence and long-term hosting





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