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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.

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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. PEARSON & LITTLEBITS ( www.pearson.com.) & ( littlebits.cc/education

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” (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. ” Via Campus Technology : “ Southern New Hampshire U Issues Blockchain Credentials to College for America Grads.”

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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.”

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This is part eight of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In previous years, I’ve looked at how education technology is intertwined with narratives about “ skills ,” “ competencies ,” and “ credentialing.” ” 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.

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Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.” NPR’s Anya Kamenetz has an in-depth look at the technology and behavior management practices at the Rocketship chain of charter schools: “High Test Scores At A Nationally Lauded Charter Network, But At What Cost?” Conference of Mayors Resolves to Support Digital Badging ,” says Edsurge.

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