Bitly link for this pad: http://bit.ly/CC15_March25
Audio recording: http://bit.ly/CC15_March25_audio

WELCOME TO THE OPEN BADGES COMMUNITY PROJECT CALL

Google Group: https://bit.ly/OpenBadgesGroup
Badge videos: http://vimeo.com/31574890 & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgLLq7ybDtc

Canonical pad: http://bit.ly/CommCalls / http://bit.ly/OBCommCalls 

Date/Time:
Wednesdays, 12 pm ET / 9 am PT  / 4pm GMT until April

Dial in:

Lines are muted automatically; if you've dialed in by phone, hit ** to unmute.
The call moderator ('Erin' on Uberconference) can also unmute you from uberconference as well

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NEXT MEETING: April 8, 2015
* Note: We will not be meeting on April 1, 2015 due to a conflict in scheduling

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MEETING: March 25, 2015
Please state your name each time you speak.
Please include your name when you write notes in the etherpad.
Thanks!
 
Roll Call: Who's here?
Please add your name / Twitter handle / email address / intention for your involvement in the wider badges community:




First time introductions:
Please add your name / Twitter handle / email address / intention for your involvement in the wider badges community.
We'll give you a chance to unmute and introduce yourself if you want to.

REMINDER: these calls are recorded for future review

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What are you working on this week?
Share updates from ongoing projects, plans for the coming months, and connect with others on similar initiatives*

*Don't forget to include your name before your updates!

Questions:


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A New Vision for Workforce Preparation
Christine Capota and Chris Shannon
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
christine.capota@bos.frb.org
chris.shannon@bos.frb.org


BA Executive Director Erin Knight was invited to attend an event in January which explored innovations in workforce preparation with an emphasis on digital badging. It focused on new research linking specific work-ready (“soft”) skills to workforce outcomes and explore digital badging as a potential strategy for credentialing these skills. Various stakeholders contributed to the discussions, including young adults, workforce organizations, non-profits, and private industry representatives

More info: http://www.bostonfed.org/education/events/2014/new-vision-for-workforce-preparation/

Notes:

Questions / comments:

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Coastal Carolina Badging Program (PRESENTATION MOVED TO APRIL 8)
Alan Reid

Background: Last year, I developed and launched an online program (http://ccc.coastal.edu/) in which students earn performance-based digital badges in their first-year writing courses (English 101 and 102). We were able to successfully convince the college to recognize badges as a legitimate credit hour. Now, the ENGL courses that were traditionally 3 credit hours have become 4 credit hour courses, with the fourth hour defined as students' demonstrated ability to earn the digital badges (each badge takes students roughly 1-1.5 hours to complete). Obviously, this had a large impact on the rest of the university, shifting entire programmatic curriculums, as well as affecting financial aid and tuition schedules. We began the program last August, and so far, we have had an overwhelmingly positive response.

Initially, our rationale for implementing badges was to offer a consistent pedagogical approach to the student learning outcomes across the 122 sections of ENGL 101/102 (taught by 63 different full and part-time faculty members). Beyond this, however, we have seen a more quantifiable and performance-based assessment of student learning compared to previous semesters. Faculty seem to be more engaged and aware of the SLOs, and students view the program favorably. We also observed an increase in  intrinsic motivation for some learners.


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NEXT MEETING: April 8, 2015
* Note: We will not be meeting on April 1, 2015 due to a conflict in scheduling
This is not an April Fool's joke. :) :)

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Catch up
 
Community Call: March 11, 2015

Badger Beats: March 16, 2015


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Reading List
Articles + blog posts on badges et al


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Additional notes for the community


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Upcoming conferences and events
Let us know where you're going to be, especially if you're giving - or attending - a badges presentation!






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Other tutorials, initiatives, and projects to watch


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Thank you for joining us!