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Open Digital Badges: Application, Scaling, and Rollout

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remote participation via Zoom

December 11, 2020

8:30 am–4:30 pm EST

Course Description

After completing the online course introducing badges, this live webinar helps participants devise a badge program within an organization, build a prototype badge, and learn about how to scale a badging program. This interactive webinar session builds on previous knowledge in an entirely practical way with the intent of designing an operational badges program within your given organization. Some current badge providers are explored with a live demonstration to show functionalities, layouts, and basic badge construction.

Topics include thinking through design ideas, resource inventories, metadata possibilities and challenges, and curriculum and training factors. Also covered are how to build portable and sharable credentials, how to scale a badging prototype to a larger implementation, and how to problem-solve using the various components of badge meta-data.

The number of participants in each session is limited so you can have personalized attention with the badges expert and your fellow participants.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of e-learning course Open Digital Badges: Theory and Design

Mode of Delivery: Synchronous, live instruction from expert with small group interaction.

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

  • Recognize how other attendees are using open digital badges.
  • Identify areas of difficulty often experienced when using open digital badges.
  • Identify major questions about open digital badges to address.
  • Construct an open digital badge program.
  • Discover potential pitfalls in implementing.
  • Complete the open digital badges design worksheet, share, and receive feedback.
  • 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.
  • Develop a vision for how their organization will use open digital badges.
  • Devise a plan to launch a badging program within one’s organization and scale it to size with appropriate open digital badges
  • Engage in constructive peer-review to problem-solve and mitigate challenges to implementation
  • Relate experiences learned from other attendees to their own organizations.

Completion:  Successful completion includes active participation in the workshop. Instructor verification of active participation is needed. When the active participation is verified, a silver badge is issued to the participant. When a prototype badge is created and sent to the instructor for verification, a gold badge is issued to the participant.


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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: October 10, 2020 12:00 AM – December 10, 2020 11:44 PM

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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.

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Warning! This event requires that you have completed Open Digital Badges: Theory and Design as a prerequisite. If you continue with registration, the prerequisite will be automatically included as part of the registration. This will be an additional $599.00.

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