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AUSTIN, TX – March 10, 2015 – The Open Badge Passport has been announced as one of the thirteen winners of the Digital Media Learning (DML) Trust Challenge. The announcement was made by educational innovator Richard Culatta, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, TX.Applicants from 22 countries tackled some of the thorniest issues around trust, privacy, and safety that are critical to learning in an open online world: How can learners exercise control over who sees and uses their data? What tools are needed need to navigate, collaborate, and learn online with confidence? What solutions will foster greater civility and respect in online learning environments?The approach of the Open Badge Passport is to provide the means for the individuals to be the makers and the curators of a new type of — bottom-up — trust infrastructure. It is an open source project, open to the collective intelligence of the community, in particular the other 12 awarded projects.“The...
Announcement
itslearning (http://www.itslearning.net ), maker of the personalized learning management platform of the same name, has gathered statistics from sources like the "Harvard Gazette," Ambient Insight and PBS regarding the effect of mobile devices on the education of Generation Z, the cohort of U.S. students now starting to fill middle school classrooms. The findings, summarized in an infographic titled "Generation Z: Growing and Learning with Mobile," (http://www.itslearning.net/gen-z-growing-and-learning-with-mobile-infographic ) reveal that incorporating middle school students' mobile habits into classroom instruction can have a profoundly positive influence on their learning. The findings highlighted in the newly released infographic include the following: The small screens of mobile phones allow dyslexic students to read faster without sacrificing comprehension. Studies show standardized test scores are higher in courses where students use mobile devices than in offline classrooms. In 2013, 35 percent of teachers used a tablet or e-reader in class, up from 20 percent just one earlier. Of...
Announcement
Students at the University of Toledo in Ohio now can create online identities that capture their educational experience, thanks to a campuswide e-portfolio rollout. The institution signed an enterprise agreement with online portfolio company Seelio, gaining access to data visualization tools, learning management and student information system integrations, a dedicated UT community on Seelio, as well as dedicated service support for portfolio implementation across all colleges. "The University of Toledo prepares students for successful careers with engaging classroom and experiential learning opportunities that can now be easily shared with potential employers," said Larry Burns, UT vice president for external affairs, in a statement. "The partnership with Seelio allows us to enhance the student experience and highlight the value of a UT degree." According to a press release, "Colleges across UT are working with Seelio's service team to identify ways to incorporate portfolios into the student experience." For example, Jesup Scott Honors College is building communities to share...
Practice
This paper uses the example of an Internet-based advanced studies course to show how the portfolio method, as a competence-based form of examination, can be integrated in a blended learning design. Within the framework of a qualitative analysis of project portfolios, we examined which competencies are documented and how students reflected on their competence development process using portfolios.
Research
Abstract This case study reports an ongoing project at the University of Sussex seeking to introduce the idea of Open Badges to the institution while exploring some of the practical issues and limiting factors associated with this method of recognising learning. The focus is on piloting Open Badges in workshops and events for staff in order to develop understanding of the advantages and challenges of this form of micro-credentialing. It is hoped that the knowledge gained from this project can be used to identify and support appropriate future staff and student-facing badging initiatives. The project aims to: Develop understanding of Open Badges and their potential in higher education amongst professional service colleagues and academics. Evaluate tools and processes. Build capacity to support future projects. The project has begun to meet its aims, there is now an operational badging scheme for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) staff development workshops; colleagues in student-facing professional services have developed their knowledge and understanding of Open Badges and been supported in the...
Practice
On Campus Technology portal very interesting interview about the integration of ePortfolios and Digital Badges initiatives has been published. Professor Alex Ambrose from University of Notre Dame shared that they have integrated digital badges to their already successful ePortfolio program. The great benefit of the integration (or as he says by the intersection) of ePortfolios and badges is showcasing of relevant co-curricular experience students have at their institution. Digital badges aren’t used as certificates and they don’t bear credit, however, they along with portfolios provide recognition of student achievement which can have deeper representation than transcripts or more traditional records. Badges integrated with ePortfolios are as seen as supplement to the transcript or resume. Students are usually not obligated to update their ePortfolios every semester, so integrating digital badges with ePortfolios encourage students to do so. University Notre Dame uses Digication ePortfolio and Credly digital badges. They integrated accounts between these two platforms to support the publishing of...

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