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IMS Badge Extensions for Education

Badge Extensions for Education

 

The following extensions to the Open Badges standard have been authored through IMS Global initiatives:

 

Issuer Accreditation (DRAFT)

This extension provides a reference to a single or to an array of multiple accreditation bodies as related to the Issuer Profile. Please note that this extension is in draft mode and may not be ready for production.

Property Type Value Description
@context context IRI https://openbadgespec.org/extensions/issuerAccreditationExtension/context.json
type type IRI array ['Extension', 'extensions:IssuerAccreditation']
name string The official name of the organization, e.g. the registered company name. (required)
contactInstructions string Contact instructions for an accrediting organization. (required)
url string,uri URL of the accrediting organization. (required)
address object Physical address of the accrediting organization. Object contains specific locality information. (required)
streetAddress string The street address. For example, 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy.
addressLocality string The locality. For example, Mountain View.
addressRegion string The region. For example, CA.
postalCode string The postal code. For example, 94043.
description string The description of the accrediting organization.
logo string,uri The logo for the accrediting organization.
parentOrganization object The larger organization that the accrediting organization is a branch of, if any.
areaServed string The geographic area where accreditation services are targeted.
accreditationDate string The date accreditation was valid (ex: 2009-07-31).
educationSector string Focus of accreditation (ex: K12, Postsecondary, CTE, Workforce, Adult Ed).

Extendable Badge Objects: Issuer

Example implementation (Single Accreditor):

{
  "extensions:IssuerAccreditation": {
    "@context":"https://openbadgespec.org/extensions/issuerAccreditationExtension/context.json",
    "type": ["Extension", "extensions:IssuerAccreditation"],
    "name": "Higher Learning Commission",
    "contactInstructions": "Visit website to request an institutional status and requirements report",
    "url": "http://hlcommission.org",
    "address": {
      "streetAddress": "230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500",
      "addressLocality": "Chicago",
      "addressRegion": "IL",
      "postalCode": "60604-1411"
    },
    "description": "The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States.",
    "logo": "http://www.cgscfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/hlc-logo.png",
    "parentOrganization" : {
      "name": "North Central Association of Colleges and Schools",
      "url": "http://www.northcentralassociation.org/"
    },
    "areaServed": "HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes the following 19 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming",
    "accreditationDate": "2009-07-31",
    "educationalSector": "post-secondary"
}
 
 

Example implementation (Two Accreditors):

{
  "extensions:IssuerAccreditation": [{
    "@context":"https://openbadgespec.org/extensions/issuerAccreditationExtension/context.json",
    "type": ["Extension", "extensions:IssuerAccreditation"],
    "name": "Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities",
    "contactInstructions": "Call or email the Commission Office",
    "url": "http://www.nwccu.org/index.htm",
    "address": {
      "streetAddress": "8060 165th Ave. NE, Suite 100",
      "addressLocality": "Redmond",
      "addressRegion": "WA",
      "postalCode": "98052"
    },
    "description": "The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions.",
    "areaServed": "The US seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. US-AK, US-ID, US-MT, US-NV, US-OR, US-UT, US-WA",
    "accreditationDate": "2010-09-01",
    "educationalSector": "Postsecondary"
  },
  {
    "@context":"https://openbadgespec.org/extensions/issuerAccreditation/context.json",
    "type": ["Extension", "extensions:issuerAccreditation"],
    "name": "Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs",
    "contactInstructions": "Contact Kathleen Megivern, Executive Director, megivern@caahep.org",
    "url": "http://www.ncacasi.org",
    "address": {
      "streetAddress": "25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158",
      "addressLocality": "Clearwater",
      "addressRegion": "FL",
      "postalCode": "33763"
    },
    "description": "CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2000 educational programs in twenty-eight (28) health science occupations.",
    "accreditationDate": "2014-04-01",
    "educationalSector": "postsecondary"
}]
 

Assessment (DRAFT)

This extension provides information about single or multiple assessments that would be completed by the recipient as part of the requirements for earning an OpenBadge. There could be multiple assessments of different types for each badge earned. Separate, independent evaluations of a single assessment could result in multiple assessment/evaluation records, all included in a single instance of the extension. Please note that this extension is in draft mode and may not be ready for production.

Property Type Value Description
@context context IRI https://openbadgespec.org/extensions/assessmentExtension/context.json
type type IRI array ['Extension', 'extensions:Assessment']
overallDescription string A description of how the assessment activity is organized, particularly describing the relationship between multiple assessments included in the extension. (required)
assessment array array of Assessment Objects (at least one Assessment Object required)

Assessment Object

Property Type Value Description
assessmentDescription string Description of the single assessment. (required)
assessmentType string One of the following keywords: Exam, Performance or Artifact. (required)
assessmentOutput string This field provides additional details about assessmentType. Values for assessmentOutput are expected to be words or phrases that describe the key features of the evidence that are produced in earning the badge. (required)
hasGroupParticipation boolean Completing the assessment activity being referenced requires two or more participants. (required)
hasGroupEvaluation boolean Participants in the assessment activity being referenced are scored as a group.(required)
evaluationMethod string Information about how the assessment is scored. What do the scores represent in a range of scores? If a rubric was used, what are the score ranges for each criteria?
assessmentExample string, uri An example based on the assessment type.
scoringMethodExampleDescription string The text of an example of the method or tool used to score the assessment.
assessmentEvaluation string, uri Link to studies or other information about research or calculations of reliability and validity for the assessment or the scoring methods.

Extendable Badge Objects: Badge Class

Example implementation (Single Assessment):

"extensions:Assessment": {  
  "@context":"https://openbadgespec.org/extensions/assessmentExtension/context.json",
  "type": ["Extension", "extensions:assessment"],
  "overallDescription": "The assessment included are a simulated clinical setting and an actual clinical setting.",
  "assessment": [
    {
      "assessmentDescription": "The assessment presents a hypertension scenario with simulated lab results. It is administered to pathophysiology students in an undergraduate nursing program. Completing the assessment requires analytical writing describing and justifying the diagnoses and eliminating alternative diagnoses. See the Pathology of High Blood Pressure assignment and the hypertension scenario used for this assessment.",
      "assessmentType": "Artifact",
      "assessmentOutput": "Written responses to the questions posed in the hypertension scenario",
      "hasGroupParticipation": false,
      "hasGroupEvaluation": false,
      "evaluationMethod": "No studies have been done on reliability or validity but the hypertension scenario is consistent with scenarios encountered in nursing clinical practice.",
      "assessmentExample": "http://placeholderurl.com",
      "scoringMethodExampleDescription": "Placeholder text",
      "assessmentEvaluation": "http://placeholderurl.com"
    }
  ]
}

 

Example implementation (Two Assessments):

"extensions:Assessment": {  
  "@context":"https://openbadgespec.org/extensions/assessmentExtension/context.json",
  "type": ["Extension", "extensions:assessment"],
  "overallDescription": "The assessments included are a simulated clinical setting and an actual clinical setting.",
  "assessment": [
    {
      "assessmentDescription": "The assessment presents a hypertension scenario with simulated lab results. It is administered to pathophysiology students in an undergraduate nursing program. Completing the assessment requires analytical writing describing and justifying the diagnoses and eliminating alternative diagnoses. See the Pathology of High Blood Pressure assignment and the hypertension scenario used for this assessment.",
      "assessmentType": "Artifact",
      "assessmentOutput": "Written responses to the questions posed in the hypertension scenario",
      "hasGroupParticipation": false,
      "hasGroupEvaluation": false,
      "evaluationMethod": "No studies have been done on reliability or validity but the hypertension scenario is consistent with scenarios encountered in nursing clinical practice.",
      "assessmentExample": "http://placeholderurl.com"
    },
    {
      "assessmentDescription": "Requires following standard procedures in measuring vital signs in a clinic patient and explaining the  results of a standard lab analysis on the basis of deviations from the norm.",
      "assessmentType": "Performance",
      "assessmentOutput": "Clinical demonstration of interpreting blood pressure and lab results to patient without diagnoses, evaluated by clinical supervisor.",
      "hasGroupParticipation": false,
      "hasGroupEvaluation": true,
      "evaluationMethod": "Clinical supervisor uses a checklist to verify that the clinical demonstration includes the key elements that need to be communicated to the patient.",
      "scoringMethodExampleDescription": "Placeholder text"
    }
  ]
}

 

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