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July 8 Webinar: Building Trust in Connected Learning Environments

Why Does Trust Matter in Connected Learning Environments? Tuesday, July 8, 2014 @ 11am PDT / 2pm EDT / 7pm BST We are happy to announce that HASTAC and the MacArthur Foundation are hosting a webinar tomorrow about trust in connected learning environments, a topic that gets right to the heart of a healthy badge ecosystem. They even have some famous badge people joining them, including our very own Carla Casilli and Nichole Pinkard, as well as Barry Joseph! ------------------------------------ Interested in thinking how technology, policies, and practices could build more trusted learning environments? Join HASTAC / MacArthur Foundation to discuss Building Trust in Connected Learning Environments on Tuesday, July 8 at 11am PT (2pm ET), the first of a four-event webinar series about trust, privacy, safety, and learning in an open online world. What technologies, tools, and policies do learners need to navigate, collaborate, and learn online with confidence? What solutions will foster greater civility and respect in online learning environments? How can open technical standards create more opportunities to share and collaborate online in a spirit of trust? What role do badges play in conversations about trust in connected learning environments? Guest speakers will dive deep into these questions and the principle that "students should have  More »

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  • July 8, 2014

10 Million Better Futures Through Open Badges Commitment Made at CGI America 2014

10 Million Better Futures to scale up existing badge ecosystem to a global level to benefit 10 million workers and students by 2016. Yesterday the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the Badge Alliance, announced a new Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, to further increase access to opportunities in education and the workforce using open badges – digital credentials for knowledge and skills – to improve the futures of 10 million students and workers worldwide. “Open Badges is an exciting new way to recognize and capture learning wherever it happens — in school, in the community or online,” said Erin Knight, executive director of the Badge Alliance. “Open badges can safely and efficiently store in-depth and verifiable information about what was learned, what skills were mastered and what competencies were attained. It's great to see so many young people and skilled workers are already being recognized using badges, and we're excited to be upping our commitment, and pledging to help 10 million people show a more complete picture of who they are and what they can do using a credential that can capture formal, informal and lifelong learning." Over 14,000 independent organizations are already issuing badges to  More »

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  • June 26, 2014

Introductions: What is the Badge Alliance?

The Badge Alliance is a network of organizations and individuals working together to build and support an open badging ecosystem, with a focus on shared values including openness, learner agency and innovation. Built upon the groundbreaking Open Badges work initiated by Mozilla and the MacArthur Foundation, and framed on a constellation model of Working Groups, facilitated by the Badge Alliance team. Members of the Badge Alliance aim to foster and grow the open badges ecosystem in an intelligent, distributed, and sustainable way.  Who are we? The Team The Badge Alliance team serves as the stewards of the infrastructure that supports the open badges ecosystem. We aim to help guide and facilitate the growth of not just the technical infrastructure supporting badging, but also the body of research on open badges, the messaging of badges to different audiences, badge endorsement, badge policy and data implications, and more. The Community With a robust infrastructure in place, the ecosystem can grow and flourish in a more holistic way, reflecting the real needs of the community. The team plays a supportive role here, finding those who are already leading this work and making sure they have what they need to achieve their goals, whether that’s getting badges adopted in the workplace or higher  More »

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  • June 26, 2014

Welcome to the Badge Alliance!

The Badge Alliance, launched at the Summit to Reconnect Learning in 2014, is a network of organizations and individuals working together to build and support an open badging ecosystem, building upon the groundbreaking Open Badges work initiated by Mozilla and the MacArthur Foundation. The Badge Alliance is framed on a constellation model of Working Groups facilitated by the Badge Alliance team. Members of the Badge Alliance aim to foster and grow the open badges ecosystem in an intelligent, distributed, and sustainable way. About our blogs This website and blog will serve as a space for the Badge Alliance team to share news, updates and announcements with members of our Working Groups and wider community. Here you’ll see announcements from the team, as well as information about upcoming events, including the regular Working Group calls and monthly Chair meetings. For ongoing community project features and updates, check out the Open Badges Blog. That’s where you’ll find individuals and organizations sharing their open badges progress, guest posts from community members, and links to articles, blog posts, and papers on badges from around the world. Where to go next? Now you’re here, take a look around the site. Find your Working Groups or sign up to join those that interest you. Learn more about the Badge Alliance and  More »

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  • June 23, 2014