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CancanIT WebDev Certification


EmployID Academy

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Badgeons la Normandie

Présentation du projet « Badgeons la Normandie ?» 

Edge Project

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The prestige of #OpenBadges - making the invisible manifest @psykoreactor

Simone Ravaioli @ TEDxBologna 

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#OpenBadges: "micro-credentials" vs. "progressive-credentials"

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I had a great talk this week with my friend Don Presant (@donpresant) and when I reacted (negatively) to the expression "micro-credentials," in return he suggested "progressive credentials," an expression that I immediately fully embraced.

What can go wrong with "micro-credentials"?

There is a priori nothing wrong with issuing "micro-credentials" but that should not be the alpha and omega of Open Badges. Open Badges are credentials and credentials can be small and big. They can be used to hold micro- or macro-credentials, from the acknowledgment of participating in an event, to the delivery of a full qualification or diploma. An Open Badge is just one of the possible vessels for delivering, storing and exploiting credentials, micro or macro. Using Open Badges to encapsulate diplomas (macro-credentials) makes them verifiable digitally, so it's probably a good idea to use them for that purpose. But Open Badges are not limited to do in small ("micro-certificates") what others do in big (diplomas), they also have the potential to challenge existing credentialing authorities...

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#OpenBadges #Taxonomies and Shopping Lists

Kerri Lemoie (@kayaelle) has taken the ambitious task to lead the Open Badge community in exploring further the field of taxonomies. I was not able to attend the last conference call, but I took some time to go through the Etherpad of the meeting and here are my latest thoughts on the matter.

In Over 2 Millions Types of #OpenBadges ! Don’t you think that’s wonderful? I explored the typology of Open Badges and the idea of a taxonomy to conclude the inanity of any attempt at enumerating the different types of Open Badges. In a later post, The Celestial Emporium of #OpenBadges Taxonomies I concluded that, considering that a taxonomy would need to be finite to have any practical value, it is very likely that such a taxonomy would provide an over-simplified representation of the world, an illusion of understanding — as if the mere fact of naming things increased our understanding.

After exploring critically the concept of taxonomy, in this post I'll try to explore a more practical approach. After all, if people feel the need for taxonomies, it might be interesting to know what the actual needs are and what are the possible solutions to satisfy those needs.

Taxonomy, Typology or shopping list?

In the discussion on taxonomies, we need to take into account that there is a difference between a typology and a taxonomy:

The etymology of both words gives clues to their differences. In Greek, táxos means an order, onom- means name, so the word "taxonomy" means naming genus or species. "Typo-" means a type of organism and -logy means a study. Nelson Orringer · University of Connecticut (source)

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Grading soft skills at TTF

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology (TTF) is a partner on project Grading Soft Skills (GRASS) that is supported by EU (project reference number: 543029-LLP-1-2013-1-RS-KA3-KA3MP). Within the project, researchers from TTF take part in badging of soft skills at their institution. Besides, they also take part in conceptualization of the project pedagogical approaches, assessment in different courses according to accessibility standards and in dissemination of the project results.

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