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Open Digital Badging Course

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remote participation via Zoom

October 20, 2021 8:30 AM – October 22, 2021 4:00 PM EDT

**IMPORTANT: This course will occur on October 20 (Day 1) and October 22 (Day 2) from 8:30am - 4:00pm ET, both days. There are no course obligations on October 21.**

This two and a half-day, instructor-led course will provide you with the basics of open digital badging and give you the opportunity to present your finished prototype badge and a detailed implementation plan. The first day is designed to you a foundation built on theory and solid design principles. You will delve deeper into the open digital badging ecosystem through an interactive session that helps you design and develop an operational badging program within your organization. Four weeks later, you will have the opportunity to showcase your open digital badge and detailed plans for a badging program. In this final half-day session, you will have 15 minutes to present your finished badge and plans for further program development and to see other participants' progress. At the end of this session, you will be assessed on proficiency based on instructor evaluation of the open digital badge and proposed program.

By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define a badging platform and recognize its purpose
  • Explain the need for unique evidence to support the purpose of the badge
  • Recognize how curricular design allows portability and shareability across multiple media
  • Outline how stackability contributes to a digital portfolio of accomplishments and learning recognition
  • Identify how to work with metadata to streamline some processes while producing evidence-rich credentials
  • Develop a prototype badge
  • Design and implement an open digital badge using a badging platform

To successfully complete this course, you must attend all three sessions, actively participate, and present your open digital badge/system for verification of proficiency. 

Presentation day: Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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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. 

Late Registration

Dates Available: October 9, 2021 12:00 AM – October 19, 2021 4:59 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.

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