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Badges: Connectors in Connected Learning

badges-connectorsDigital badges are the “connectors” in a connected learning environment, helping to create opportunities for youth to follow their passions through academic learning within a peer community. (Image inspired from a slide from the Reconnect Learning 2014 Open Badges Summit.)

From tuning into the livestream from the Summit, I had the opportunity to hear MacArthur Foundation’s Connie Yowell speak about the power of badge learning.  She reminded us that digital badge learning is grounded in current research that portrays how youth interact with digital media.  Principles of Connected Learning support youth in”hanging out,” “messing around,” and “geeking out” or (HOMAGO).    Badges serve as feedback in the learning journey, mark milestones and provide multiple pathways.  Powerful learner/mentor relationships are a cornerstone of the badge learning experience, where adults coach learners in their quests to learn.  Badge learning supports multiple purposes, but the connected learning framework is at the heart of the design, which provides highly engaging, purposeful and accessible learning opportunities for youth.  To explore some of the livestream sessions from the Summit , go to the Moziliarian Blog. Read more

Update on Badge Learning

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Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges

A a current report on badge learning and its potential in K-12, higher education and in the workforce (from Alliance for Excellent Education and the Mozilla Foundation.)

“Badges can provide a learning ‘map’ to help learners see the skills that matter and the options for gaining those skills additional resources.”

Coming soon from TAMRITZ…a series of blog posts on badge learning and professional development in the trenches. Stay tuned!

Global Initiative Supported by President Clinton

On Thursday, June 13, 2013, former President Bill Clinton announced a global initiative in support of digital badge learning. He says that in today’s world, we must provide modern approaches to learning and building our credentials. The global initiative will focus on digital credentials that employers and universities can use for admissions, promotions or awarding credit.

Learn more about this global digital badge learning initiative.

Mozilla’s Open Badges & Clinton Global Initiative Announces 2 Million Better Futures (4:28)