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.

5 Key Areas of Technology Professional Development for Teachers

EdTech Magazine

To assist the professional development process for both teachers and IT professionals, Digital Promise, in conjunction with Google , has established a new program called the Dynamic Learning Project to help introduce new education technology into the classroom. .

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. Google’s model involves a consortium of more than 20 companies—including Walmart, Bank of America, and Sprint—dedicated to considering hiring learners who complete the IT Support Professional Certificate.

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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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Is the college degree outdated?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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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.”