The Open Digital Badge Experience (ODBX) course is designed to be the best single learning opportunity to fill the badging knowledge niche in an adult learning organization.
Filling the badging knowledge niche will provide organizations with new opportunities to promote their learning events, increase engagement and learner retention while also providing learners with a valuable portable credential they can be proud of. After this course, learners will have the knowledge they need to fully implement an effective ODB initiative in their organization.
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“Digital badges aren’t just a new kind of credential. They give organizations a way to express any credential in a digitally verifiable and machine-readable way. We see great promise in expanding the use of badges for continuing education and professional development credentials and have found ourselves well aligned with IACET’s goals to use ODBX to inspire increasing adoption of digital credentials in the professional world. ” - Wayne Skipper, Founder/CEO, Concentric Sky - makers of Badgr.
To leverage the amazing benefits of 21st century credentialing technology, organizations must have someone prepared to implement these powerful tools in the right way which is what ODBX is designed to do. The ODBX is divided into two sections, an asynchronous online preparatory course and a one day highly interactive onsite or live virtual event.
This course is designed for those who need knowledge and skills involving open digital badges at a basic, intermediate and advanced level. This program is applicable for training coordinators, managers, chief learning officers or others who desire practical knowledge and skills regarding ODB.
Completion of basic, intermediate, and advanced-level training will yield an open digital badge from IACET.
Each onsite/virtual live event is limited to 20 persons to ensure high levels of collaboration and interactivity.
Earn these stackable credentials to document your knowledge and skill involving open digital badges.
In 2016, members of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), formed a taskforce to study the issue of open digital badges (ODB) and decide how to best help its members with the new innovation and fulfill its leadership role in the global adult learning ecosystem. A taskforce was formed that ultimately led to the creation of a metadata standard for open digital badges. In addition, the need was identified to help members and other adult learning stakeholders learn about ODB credentials and how to effectively use them in adult learning environments. The IACET 1-2018 Standard for Continuing Education and Training requires processes involving record keeping and transcripts. Open Digital Badging is a natural extension of these elements of that important standard.
A survey of 225 IACET accredited learning organizations in 2018 shows only 23% of respondents use digital badges. 76 percent do not use badges or do not know what a digital badge is. Orbis Research reports, “Global Digital Badges Market is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 29.3% over the forecast period 2017-2025.” (Orbis Research, 2018) These factors contribute to the view that learning interventions and other resources are needed to assist organizations with understanding open digital badges and how they can be optimally used in today’s adult learning environment. This course limits its scope to how ODBs are used in adult learning environments. This course does not provide focus on alternative learning environments like k-12 and university undergraduate programs.
IACET’s instructional design research for this course revealed that a blended learning environment would be needed because the amount of content exceeds what could be accomplished onsite in one day. The blended approach will work well to facilitate the flipped classroom strategy where learners engage in the basics online, and come to our live event onsite or virtually to learn collectively with their peers and instructors.
Each event is limited to 20 persons.
After this portion of the course the learner will able to:
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (7.5 hours, ½ hour for lunch and three 10 minute breaks.)
After this portion of the course the learner will able to:
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Dr. James E. Willis, III was introduced to open digital badges at Purdue University when he worked as an Educational Assessment Specialist in Information Technology. He later worked on a MacArthur Foundation grant as a Research Associate and Project Coordinator for Open Digital Badges in Higher Education in the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University. Since 2016, James has worked as an educational consultant with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) where he wrote the Badging Standard, supplementary materials, and educational materials for the Open Digital Badges Experience. During his time at IACET, James also coordinated with the Information Technology Certification Council (ITCC) to produce a Badging Taxonomy. James has published on open digital badges in journals like the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy and EDUCAUSE Review, and in books like Foundations of Digital Badges and Microcredentials (Springer) and Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases (Routledge). He has been an invited speaker on open digital badges for diverse audiences including the Council for Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, STEM Education in Virtual Words Workshop Series, the 2016 Digital Badge Summit, and the Open edX Technical Conference at MIT. He was also a co-leader for the 2nd International Workshop on Open Digital Badges in Education at the Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference. James holds a PhD from King’s College London.