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. Education Technology MOOCs Higher Education

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The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

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I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. But today, edtech is commonly understood to mean digital technology. So with these guidelines in mind, I’ve chosen six areas where edtech has made an impact this decade: Learning Management Systems.

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An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

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University of Houston System via Coursera. Colorado Community College System via Canvas.net. IOC Athlete MOOC via Independent. College Readiness Math MOOC. iTDI Summer School MOOC For English Teachers. Digital Badge: Rockets to the Rescue!

There Are 700K+ Credentials — and Counting. Which Ones Are ‘Quality’?

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In 2016, Credential Engine set out to tally all the badges , degrees, certificates, licenses and diplomas available to denote educational attainment. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System or State Wage Interchange System, according to NSC.

To Better Serve Adult Learners, Eliminate the Barriers Between Work and Learning

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Many are first-generation and lower-income learners who have historically lacked the support systems to succeed in a traditional higher ed setting. Education Technology Future of Work Digital Credentials Higher Education

Higher Education Joins the Blockchain Party

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And lately, the topic has made its way into discussions around digital credentials in higher education. Komarny, formerly the Chief Digital Office at the University of Texas, kicked off the event explaining why some higher-ed leaders are thinking of applying blockchain technology to credentialing. He pointed out that anyone may put false information—like a degree or digital badge—on their LinkedIn profile.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, Badges.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “Free MOOCs Face the Music,” writes Inside Higher Ed on edX ’s decision to start charging fees. More “MOOC” news under the job training section below. ” From the press release : “ Concentric Sky Announces BadgeRank – a New Search Engine for Digital Badges.” million for its MOOC platform.

3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

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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.

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

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But don’t be too impressed by the title; according to the employee system, I was just an intern. Looking around at the various “disruptive” forces in higher education—digital badging, MOOCs, competency-based education, online education, and so on—what if universities stopped fretting about or dismissing these, and instead developed their own skunkworks to get out in front of those ideas and do them right and avoid being disrupted?

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” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Education Dive makes claims about “ MOOCs as tools for equity in under-resourced high schools.” ” Elsewhere, more claims about “the global poor” and MOOCs (and other ed-tech companies) in Edsurge. Remember when the World Economic Forum was super-into MOOCs? Education Politics.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” If you can’t create revenue, raise venture capital. “ Digital Badges Are Gaining Traction,” according to MIndwire Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Related, via Doug Belshaw : “Some thoughts on the future of the Open Badges backpack.” Google has launched a curriculum called “ Be Internet Awesome ” to encourage digital safety and citizenship.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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” 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. Demanding that schools teach “the right skills” is also one of many examples of an ongoing “innovation” fixation , of how industry is pressing the education system to bend to its needs. MIT will issue digital diplomas on the blockchain. Pearson filed a patent for badges.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Responses to last week’s news about Western Governors University and the audit of its competency-based offerings: Via NPR : “Who Is A College Teacher, Anyway? Via the Northeastern press office : “ Northeastern University and IBM partnership first to turn digital badges into academic credentials for learners worldwide.” Edsurge on “How to Protect Education Data When No Systems Are Secure.”

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.” “ What We Learned From Talking with 100 MOOC Students ” by Justin Reich (and George Veletsianos and Laura Pasquini). ” More on MOOC (and related) research in the research section below. MOOCs losing their mojo? Education Politics.

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20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic]

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It’s not a perfect system, but keep in mind that it was designed to protect students and your G Suite for Education accounts. Badging Systems. Digital Badging as become a fun way for teachers and students to show off their accomplishments.