• New feature in CanCred Passport - Apply for a Badge

    A new feature has been added to CanCred Passport. Badge issuing organizations using CanCred Factory can now advertise their badges in Passport’s Gallery section.

    The aim is to give better visibility to earnable Open Badges so that:

    • badge issuers can make their learning more accessible
    • badge earners can start to build their own learning pathways with badges

    Earnable badges may be found in Gallery → Apply for a badge:

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    • Users can search for badges by the name of the badge or by the issuer organization with the Search tool.
      NB! Badges allocated to the user’s country are shown first by default but by choosing All from the menu the user can see all badges that are advertised all over the world.
    • Clicking on the » Get this badge link will reveal more detailed information on how to earn the badge and if it is associated with an event or course.
    • If a badge looks interesting, it can be bookmarked for later by using the Favourites tag.

    Don’t be disappointed if you can’t find a great badge right away! This is a new feature and new badges and applications will be published over time; check back from time to time.

  • Waterloo University - Open Badges Keynote Kicks Off Educational Technologies Week

    On February 27, Don Presant of Learning Agents, providers of the CanCred.ca Open Badges service, delivered a keynote presentation entitled Recognizing Knowledge & Skills in a Digital Age.

    The fast-moving presentation framed and explored emerging Open Badge practices worldwide, using emerging research, case studies and innovative practices from innovators such as Open University, Penn State University, Deakin University, UBC, and IBM.

    Slides from the presentation are embedded below:

    Don’s key message:

    Open Badges can engage learners and make learning more visible, transparent, and modular. They have great potential to meet learning and recognition needs not well served by current credentialing systems and are already sparking new delivery models for institutions.

    The presentation made explicit the symbiotic relationship between Open Badges and ePortfolios, an integrative learning strategy already adopted at Waterloo. It also recognized Waterloo’s position as a world leader in co-op education, but warned the university not to rest on its laurels, but to continue to innovate to stay ahead of the pack, taking inspiration from Stanford University’s Stanford 2025 design experiment.

    The video of the presentation is here:

    According to one participant:

    “He was able to pack a lot of info into 90 minutes, and deliver the material in a very relatable way.”

  • CanCred.ca hosts BC Open Badges Forum with KPU

    On February 17, CanCred.ca hosted a innovative cross-sectoral workforce design lab in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Teaching and Learning Commons.

    The BC Open Badges Forum was held at the Melville Centre for Dialogue at KPU’s Richmond Campus. Eighty participants from education, non-profit, private and public sectors came together to learn from each other and from successful experiences in other regions about the power of Open Badges as alternative credentials for skills and knowledge and as currency for open recognition networks.

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    The interactive Forum applied design practices from similar networks and events, such as the 2016 Digital Badge Summit in Colorado, the 2016 ePortfolio and Identity Conference (ePIC) in Bologna, and London’s 2016 Mozfest. Short case studies and design challenges were followed by active design sessions, using case-hardened tools such as the Badge Design Canvas.

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    The results were impressive - in addition to the many #BadgeBC tweets, these samples of post-event reflections speak to the dynamism of the day:

    “Was most struck by the energy that badging has taken on - and the diversity of applications.”

    “Messaged my staff to check out sites where we can register and maybe develop a badge for some aspect of our work.”

    “I am going to go back to my workplace and pull a small committee together to begin the process of creating a badging system.”

    “I intend to build a system of badges for our national agency, and begin to offer them to qualified learners, as soon as possible.”

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    Said Don Presant, President of Learning Agents, the host of CanCred.ca:

    “We plan to convene more events like this, in BC and beyond. I think it’s a powerful thing: getting people together to listen to a focused series of challenges and possible avenues for action, then getting them to to commit themselves in speech and action to courses that makes sense for them and their community.”

    CanCred.ca and KPU are currently working on next steps for building an open recognition network to #BadgeBC. CanCred.ca is also working with new partners to plan for an Ontario Open Badges Forum in late 2017. Contact info@cancred.ca for details.

  • Salava open source project is now open!

    We have now published the website for Salava, which is an open source project regarding Open Badge Passport . Check the website and join the community of users and developers, share ideas and create something new and exciting!

    http://salava.org

  • Open Badges – Moving from Further Professional Training to Self-directed Competency Development

    Open Badge Factory Academy was launched with this webinar. Eric Rousselle from Discndum welcomed everyone and said a few words about the Academy and its purpose. Omnia’s Esko Lius and Pete Stockley presented a very interesting and successful use case, which sparked a good conversation between the participants.

    Watch the webinar recording here.

    You can find the slides for the presentation here.