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Open Digital Badge Xperience 1.0

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Chicago, IL

April 26, 2019

8:30 am–4:00 pm CDT

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.

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.

  • The online portion of the course provides learners with the opportunities to learn the basics of open digital badging in a user friendly online asynchronous environment. This means you can take the program any time you prefer.
  • The one day live in person or virtual preparatory portion is designed to focus on application of concepts learned in the online portion and provide higher level learning opportunities to attendees. Attendees will have access to Open Digital Badging experts and design their own program. Space is limited to 20 attendees per event. Participants now have ability to attend the live ODBX course virtually through our virtual learning environments with MicroTek Learning CentersA webcam with on your computer equipped with a microphone and speakers/headset are required since these workshops are highly interactive.

    Each onsite event is limited to 20 persons to ensure high levels of collaboration and interactivity.
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James Willis

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 2ndInternational Workshop on Open Digital Badges in Education at the Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference. James holds a PhD from King’s College London. 

Joe McClary

Joseph McClary, CAE, CPLP is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  He is also a former education consultant with extensive experience with educational standards, regulation, technology, and course delivery. Joe is an experienced adult educator, association executive, and served for more than a decade as the Director of Education, Technology, and Special Projects for ARELLO (International Association of Real Estate License Law Officials).   He has worked with regulatory agencies in numerous industries and with more than 400 course providers to assist them in meeting professional education standards.  Joe also was the founding Director of The International Distance Education Certification Center’s (IDECC) and is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance by the Association for Talent Development. Joe has also served as an adjunct instructor of education at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Early Bird Member
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$325.00 January 1, 2019 12:00 AM – March 30, 2019 12:00 AM
Early Bird Non-Member
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$395.00 January 1, 2019 12:00 AM – March 30, 2019 12:00 AM
$375.00 March 30, 2019 12:00 AM – April 26, 2019 12:00 AM
$445.00 March 30, 2019 12:00 AM – April 26, 2019 12:00 AM
* A late registration fee of $150.00 is charged on all registrations between 4/19/2019 and 4/26/2019.

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