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MEETING: September 23, 2015
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Roll Call: Who's here?
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What are you working on this week?  

Badge Alliance Update & Call for Collaborators
Nate Otto, Interim Director, Badge Alliance

Community Manager (20 hours/week, could change in 2016 based on workload)
The Badge Alliance has a robust and growing community of educators, developers, and technology enthusiasts. The BA serves as a meeting place for this diverse group of Open Badges stakeholders. The support of a community manager to organize calls and small-scale events, and keep track of communication with the public.

Technical Writer (20 hours/week, could change in 2016 based on workload)
The Badge Alliance requires and supports a range of web services and sites that provide documentation about badges to users and prospective users of Open Badges. This documentation is split across many locations, and much of it needs updating for 2016. A technical writer will rework these properties and provide ongoing development of resources the community needs in order to use badges.

- Do you imagine this position would/could do some new writing in the space or just organize existing resources? awesome answer. 

Junior Developer (20 hours/week, could change in 2016 based on workload)
The Badge Alliance interfaces with a wide variety of developers and is responsible for detailed technical work to ensure correct development of the Open Badges specification. This work includes prototyping, testing, collaborative development of components of the specification, and some communication with technical stakeholders in the community around these topics.
Sarah: My apologies if I missed this while multi-tasking :-), will these be remote or on-site positions?
- Remote friendly positions.
- Especially someone who is interested in many languages and driving some technical outreach within the open-source community
- Interested in new questions, interesting distributed architecture across the web
- Could be someone self-taught or recently graduated



Hot Topic on Badge Program Efficacy: How to collect data to assert efficacy
Nate Otto

What does efficacy mean to you for badge programs?
Which is a more important variable: (+1 your favorite)

What is a good way to ask a specific efficacy question about a badge issuing program?

Research methods:

Moving Forward: Topics + Community leads for the weekly Community Call  
We will be opening up this call to the community to help determine topics / lead / etc. 
Please add topics for discussion / your name / indicate if you want to lead the call

September 16: 
September 23: 
September 30:
October 7: Special Event: Badge Alliance 2015-16 School Year Kickoff
October 15: Cities of Learning end-of-summer wrap-up and product announcements

...any interest in Belgian Badge Backpack? I'd like to learn more about this badging system for government!topic/openbadges/_Bv1YHzigos

Accepted topics (by interest):
  1. Employer engagement: national, regional, local - strategies, case studies+1+1+1+1+1 +1 +1 - We held a recent summit on Badges for Employers - Tim
  2. Success Stories, examples, and case studies (OpenBadging in credentialing & workforce devlelopment) +1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1 (Curious what people are defining as success here... - We held a recent summit on Badges for Employers - Tim
  3. Overview of what has happened and what is currently happening in the Cities of Learning space +1+1+1+1+1 +1+1 (Reaching out to some folks involved on this -Nate) Happy to help here. So much to say... - Tim

Contribute your ideas! Put a +1 next to the topics that you would like to discuss on this call. Those topics with the most +1 will be hosted. 
  1. Badge start "toolbox" not just defining skills/competencies, but also self-hosting information or external hosting+1
  2. Where are the roadblocks, what are the issues people should know?+1+1
  3. Trust and security (the deleterious effects of mistaking security for trust)+1+1
  4. Defining learning pathways with badge endorsement+1+1+1+1+1
  5. Global activities: where are things happening and who's doing them +1 +1+1+1
  6. Open Badge Services: what services could we built on top of Open Badges? Scenarios for the future +1+1+1
  7. Badge-centric vs. person centric infrastructure+1+1
  8. Educators space+1 +1 +1+1
  9. Higher ed conversations may be separate from k-12 for the most part
    1. - and Continuing Ed. as well (Carey)+1
    2. Adult Ed
  10. Initiatives that are badge-centric occurring throughout the US but that have not been involved in the BA work
  11. Universal design -- access for people with disabilities +1+1 +1+1
  12. Strategies for integration with new workforce initiatives of WIOA statute+1
  13. 'Hack the Backpack' - Understanding the wants/needs of the community in terms of future development of the Backpack (Matt - DigitalMe)

Catch up

Community Call: September 16 2015:

Community Call: September 9 2015:
Community Call: September 2 2015:
Community Call: August 26 2015:

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