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

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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.

MIT Starts University Group to Build New Digital Credential System

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The idea is to encourage widespread use of digital credentials across all kinds of academic institutions, and even at more informal places of learning, so that students end up taking ownership of how to communicate their learning to employers.

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Catch the #FlipgridFever

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

As a company, they celebrate the passion of educators, the wisdom of students, and the curiosity of families. They are simply an amazing group of people. It’s no secret if you follow my posts that I’m a huge fan of Flipgrid.

What I Learned On My ‘Secret Sabbatical’ As a Scholar-in-Residence at a Private Company

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The secret sabbatical (so-called because I didn’t really disclose it to Steelcase, also because I want it to sound cooler than it really is) was about using my position as an embedded academic in a corporation to gather all the intel that I can about how private companies work and to see if there’s anything that’s particularly good that could be adapted and brought back into higher education, to make higher education better. The best companies seem to be defined by their agility.

Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program. Open Badges in Elementary School. Open Badging: [link].

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.

Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

EdNews Daily

To match the changing, unpredictable nature of today’s economy and digital landscape, these programs should aim for flexibility and innovative paradigms. One example of this is the newest trend of “ digital badges.” Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama.

Employer Credentials and Community Colleges: A Look Behind Google’s IT Support Certificate Program

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Many tech firms are even going directly to professionals with their own certificates and credentials—such as IBM’s digital badge program , Hubspot’s certifications , and long-running programs like Microsoft’s IT certifications. It has an explicit focus on creating economic opportunity for overlooked groups, with Google funding 10,000 scholarships to support veterans, refugees and low-income learners from select nonprofits.

Strengthening the Workforce Bridge Between Community Colleges and Employers

Edsurge

Yet a sometimes overlooked part of that community are local companies and businesses that hope—and need—to find skilled workers. Attempting to serve three distinct groups of customers is an ambitious endeavor. As students enroll and complete courses, they earn digital badges in a “Skills Passport” that school counselors and recruiters can see. This digital tool signals that a student has attained the prerequisite skills for a specific career or vocational path.

3D Virtual Learning a New Reality

A Principal's Reflections

This year alone Laura Fleming , our stellar media specialist, has successfully created a Makerspace for our students as well as a digital badge platform to acknowledge the informal learning of teachers. Using her connections, she formed a partnership with a company called Proton Media that provides essentially an enterprise solution called Protosphere intended for corporations to explore the possibilities of 3D virtual learning and collaboration in the cloud.

Higher Education Joins the Blockchain Party

Edsurge

And lately, the topic has made its way into discussions around digital credentials in higher education. Joining us were Phil Komarny, VP of innovation at Salesforce ; Aparna Krishnan, a UC Berkeley student and a leader of the Blockchain at Berkeley student group; and Roberto Santana, advisor to product and strategy at BitDegree. He pointed out that anyone may put false information—like a degree or digital badge—on their LinkedIn profile.

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Read on for a HUGE collection of ISTE Pro Tips, planning resources, where you can find me at ISTE, other events, after parties, happy hours, meet ups, and even a #NOTATISTE group! Join the Facebook group to find out more! Follow the #NOTATISTE Group!

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “Two sports apparel company executives and an aspiring sports agent were found guilty Wednesday of wire fraud charges in connection with the most significant sports scandal in recent National Collegiate Athletic Association history – a scheme to pay off the families of men’s basketball recruits and secure their commitment to teams at Adidas-sponsored universities.” Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet.

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Is the college degree outdated?

The Hechinger Report

The credentials come from many sources: traditional universities, online platforms like edX, trade organizations like the American Hotel and Lodging Institute and companies like Jiffy Lube and IBM. Adam Braun started the company as “an alternative for those looking for more career focus.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.”

WHAT’S NEW

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Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product.

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Can Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers?

MindShift

Digital Promise , a nonprofit with a mission of “accelerating innovation in education,” has been a strong proponent of micro-credentials , describing them as competency-based, on-demand, personalized and shareable. Digital Promise ).

Hack Education Weekly News

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“But he said the initiative is different from the group he had been tapped to lead in late January.” DeVos' Chief of Staff Josh Venable was director of special projects for Windquest Group, DeVos' family investment office, until January [link] — Caitlin Emma (@caitlinzemma) June 7, 2017. Via Edsurge : “As LinkedIn ’s Video Library Grows, Company Says It Has No Plans to Compete With Colleges.” Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” ” ( No disclosure that Edsurge shares investors with the company.). Via Edsurge : “As US Tech Companies Look to Mexico , Coding Bootcamps Follow.”

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. Code.org is backed by a long list of technology companies – from AT&T to Amazon to Facebook to Google to Verizon. (I’ll For a complete look at who funded learn-to-code companies this year, visit funding.hackeducation.com.). MIT will issue digital diplomas on the blockchain.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In her consulting life, she has led CoSN’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative, developed strategic plans and content for companies, provided professional Gray is the recipient of ISTE’s Making It Happen award and the Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Innovator distinctions.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Speaking of horrors: “ The One Group Not Freaking Out About Brexit: VCs.” Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.” 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. Education Politics.

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