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MEETING: September 30, 2015
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Roll Call: Who's here?
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What are you working on this week?  

How to keep track of badge events/conferences/webinars/etc.
Nate Otto and James Willis


No Guests, no Drama, just Open Badges Questions and Answers
Call participants are all special guests+1

Don Presant: What are useful stats about badges issued, and where can we get the numbers?

Greg McVerry: NCCEP GearUp and Badges
They are looking for examples of Open Badges being taking to scale. I am thinking Chicago's Summer of Learning or other work. I am trying to track down people who can speak to large scale projects (meaning many on this list serve).

Anh Nguyen: Badge Extensions
I did a quick search of "extension" and only the Endorsement Extension has come up...  and Learning Pathway which I know Nate & Tim are working on.  Does anyone else on the mailing list have a list of, knows, or have extensions or are working on extensions at the moment?

Ayrton Dumas: self-hosting BadgeKit
What version of node, git do I need to self-host BadgeKit

Robert Curtis: Exam/test based badges
Hello! I am just starting to explore the world of digital badges with a goal of earning some on the basis of prior/lifelong learning, but the biggest barrier that I am coming across is that many, if not most, badges are tied in to existing curricula and/or educational programs.

Doug Belshaw: Taxonomy of Connected badges
Kerri Lemoie is leading work on this:

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

October 7: Special Event: Badge Alliance 2015-16 School Year Kickoff
October 15: Belgian Badge Backpack and maybe 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+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+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+1
  7. Badge-centric vs. person centric infrastructure+1+1
  8. Educators space+1 +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+1
    2. Adult Ed+1
  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+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 30 2015:

Community Call: September 23 2015:

Community Call: September 16 2015:

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

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