Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Resource and Repository for Open Badges

by James Willis

We are pleased to announce a repository for open badges projects, articles, case studies, and links to additional resources. Our website, Open Badges in Higher Ed, has launched and is now searchable on Google and other web browsers. This site is an on-going effort by the collaborators of the OBHE project at Indiana University.

Here is a key to our site's main features:

Our site is easily navigated by a main menu at the top of the page.

Over the past few months, we've worked with the Badge Alliance to organize a series of bi-weekly calls featuring the work of organizations issuing badges in higher education. The Working Group page features a listing of previous calls, including links to the Etherpad notes, slide presentations, and
recorded meetings. The Working Group page also features the next call along with connection directions.

Our Blog page features cross-links to this blog to feature prominently entries on badges.

The Papers page lists the badge publications of members of our lab, including work on badges design, implementation, ethics, and assessment. Similarly, the Presentations page contains links to our lab's presentation recordings (when available) and publicly-viewable slides. We also feature the work of other badge leaders on this page. 

As a resource to researchers, we've begun amassing a badges library that includes papers, articles, and chapters relevant to badges and higher education. These are sorted by peer-reviewed sources (top) and media articles (accessible by scrolling down the page). We are adding to this page quite regularly because we hope it will be a community-recognized resource for those writing and publishing on open badges. 

We recognize that every open badge effort is unique in context, challenges, and implementation. However, there are some essential components to building high-value, evidence-rich badges. We've assembled a Case Studies page to catalog and recognize individual badging efforts in higher education. 

Finally, we have a short list of Badge Systems that provides links to some of the major entrepreneurs, platforms, and organizations involved in open digital badges. 

Please use our Contact page to let us know what you think! 

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