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Open Digital Badge Platforms and Functionalities (Advanced)

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remote participation via Zoom

May 29, 2020

8:30 am–12:30 pm EDT

Course Description: As a continuation of badge design work completed in 203, this advanced webinar provides a live, 4-hour session to build a prototype open digital badge with expert help. The session begins with an overview of existing badges platforms along with a demonstration to show the different functionalities of badges. The demonstration shows what it takes to build a badge in each of the covered platforms. Participants are then led in a design exercise to build a prototype badge. With particular attention paid to meta-data, participants work with the expert and in small groups to problem-solve various design issues. The number of participants in each session is limited so you can have personalized attention with the badges expert and your fellow participants.

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of 203: Open Digital Badges – Intermediate Virtual Webinar – Building a Badge Program

Mode of Delivery: Synchronous, webinar-style interaction with expert. Small group interaction. Scheduled in advance.

Completion: Successful completion includes active participation in the 4-hour virtual webinar and the submission of a prototype badge. Instructor verification of active participation is needed. When the active participation is verified and the instructor approves a submitted badge prototype, a gold badge is issued to the participant.

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Identify features of major badging platforms.
  • Discriminate between different badging platforms.
  • Design and implement an open digital badge using a badging platform.
  • Issue a sample badge to demonstrate the workflow of how a badging platform works.
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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. 

Regular Registration

Dates Available: March 27, 2020 12:00 AM – May 28, 2020 11:44 PM

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Remote Attendee (Member)
This fee applies to members who register to attend the event remotely.
Remote Attendee (Non-Member)
This fee applies to non-members who register to attend the event remotely.

This event will be remote participation only. An access link will be sent as part of the confirmation email.

Success in a learning event is dependent on active participation and engagement by the attendee throughout the course. In order to earn a course completion certificate and digital badge for any IACET learning event, attendees are required to fully participate in the training activities, lectures, and discussion. This applies to those attending in-person and remotely. Participation is defined as greater than 90% attendance of the scheduled course time and active engagement verified by the facilitator. Remote participation requires a working webcam and microphone; the webcam must be activated throughout the learning event.

Full refunds are available for cancellations with written notification to info@iacet.org within 20 days of the event. Refunds of 50% of the registration are available within 10 days of the event. No refund is available 5 days prior to the event due to prepaid expenses on behalf of the participant.

Remote Attendee (Member)
Remote Attendee (Non-Member)
Regular Registration pricing is available until May 28, 2020 11:44 PM

You are not eligible to register for this event because you have not completed the prerequisite: Course # 203: Open Digital Badge Program Design.


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