Who Owns Digital Badges? A Company's Patent on Credential System Raises Questions

Edsurge

Patent and Trademark Office granted two patents last year for creating, managing and tracking digital credentials, it raised new questions and concerns among a community of innovators who are trying to create an open platform for rethinking credentials. How, they wondered, could a company claim to have just invented something that is so well known? It’s worth noting that both Pearson and Credly had long been working with the Open Badges community. When the U.S.

Parchment Merges with Credentials Solutions to Take On Transcripts and Certifications

Edsurge

The world of credentials and school transcript providers has gotten smaller after the merger of two companies that facilitate more than 18.5 On Tuesday, the Los Angeles-based private equity firm completed its purchase of Parchment , which becomes the new name of the combined companies.

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3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

Wired Campus

Student privacy, easier-to-use digital tools for instructors, and efforts to offer alternative credentials were some of the most-talked-about topics this week at the South by Southwest Edu conference, an offshoot of the popular South by Southwest music festival. But the rules and norms for handling digital information generated by students are far from clear. Few were predicting, however, that new certifications or badges would eliminate the value of a college degree.

TONS of #ISTE17 Pro Tips, Resources, & Events (including #NOTATISTE)!

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It's one of the biggest international EdTech conferences of the year! From pre-conferences, meetups, workshops, BYODs, Playgrounds, and more, I'll be all over ISTE this year! There is A LOT going on at the ISTE conference! Conference ISTE ISTE17 notatiste

Google Masters For Kids of All Ages: Badges, Skills and More

The CoolCatTeacher

She also shares her micro-credential badging approach that has her fifth graders excited to learn. I was at a conference, actually with my husband, and he is in the hotel business. “I have these great digital badges. I have these great badges.”

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As students flock to credentials other than degrees, quality-control concerns grow

The Hechinger Report

The university offers digital badges rather than degrees or certificates for the completion of some courses. He was also curious about the credential being offered for successfully completing the course: not a conventional degree or a certificate, but a “badge.”. “I

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What Problems Has Edtech Solved, and What New Ones Did It Create?

Edsurge

Open digital badges. Technology can collect and harness more data than ever before. But with that comes greater risks to personal privacy and potential for misuse. Those building, funding and using edtech tools must similarly wrestle with these concerns.

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Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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It’s also looking at the potential changes, said Dr. Gabe Soumakian, CEO and Founder, Sup Du Jour Consulting Group, like what happens when a software or hardware company goes out of business. The district was one of three schools recognized nationally by ISTE for its digital badge program.

Online PD Courses Help Educators Understand Ed-Tech, Classroom Management, Study Finds

Marketplace K-12

The three biggest reasons pre-K-12 educators took online professional development courses in the past year were to learn how to use digital devices, how to use the educational software that goes on them, or to find out more about classroom behavior or management, according to a new study.

Hack Education Weekly News

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This Edsurge article – “ OER is Growing at Religious Colleges , But Raises Unique Challenges” – strikes me as a little weird, considering the long relationship between open education (the conference, at the very least) and former BYU professor David Wiley. Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet. It’s a rot at the very core of the company’s leadership team. The learn-to-code company has raised $4.6

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s Badges.

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” (Related: “Theranos investor Tim Draper blames the company’s downfall on an investigative journalist,” Business Insider reports.). ” ECOT is the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online charter school company. a Florida-based breakfast chain, has joined a growing number of companies offering employee education benefits.” ” Via Education Week : “How (and Why) Ed-Tech Companies Are Tracking Students’ Feelings.”

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The White House said Friday it would delay an annual conference for historically black colleges and universities that had been scheduled for mid-September.” Salesforce has filed a patent for “ Digital badging for facilitating virtual recognition of an achievement.” ” Google announces it is “Funding 75,000 Udacity scholarships to bridge the digital skills gap.” (National) Education Politics.

Join Us in Chicago for the Fourth Annual Global Leadership Summit - March 15, 2019

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The Global Leadership Summit is a pre-conference special event at ASCD’s Empower19: The Conference for Every Educator and part of the Global Education Conference Network’s fourth annual Global Leadership Week.

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Via The New Republic : “Betsy DeVos is headlining Harvard’s Koch-backed conference on school choice – with no critics of school choice.” Via the Northeastern press office : “ Northeastern University and IBM partnership first to turn digital badges into academic credentials for learners worldwide.” Edsurge profiles the latest from Degreed : “This Company Wants to Help You Hire for Skills, Not Credentials.”

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Conference of Mayors Resolves to Support Digital Badging ,” says Edsurge. There’s some more research on badges and alternative credentials in the research section below. Steve Dembo recently announced that he’s leaving the company after 10+ years. “Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016 ” by Edsurge (which mislabels ISTE as the biggest ed-tech conference in the world). Education Politics.

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