Digital Badges Initiative to Support Professional Development in Washington State
By Rhea Kelly 07/11/18
The Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is teaming up with software development company Concentric Sky on a digital badging initiative that will use Badgr digital badges to document professional development accomplishments of faculty, administrators and staff across the system’s 34 institutions.
Each college will be able to implement badging as well as guided pathways within their courses or programs, particularly for co-curricular activities that typically aren’t represented on transcripts. Examples of such programs include internships, community service and museum activities.
he platform is certified compliant with version 2.0 of the IMS Global Learning Consortium’s Open Badges Specification. With Badgr Pathways, badges from Badgr or any other Open Badges compliant platform can be stacked to create “learning pathways” that are shareable across institutions.
As part of the four-year project, SBCTC will also contribute to the Badgr open source project.
more on microcredentialing in this IMS blog
Digital Literacy: Students and faculty disagree when evaluating their own
digital literacy competency vs. each other’s
The scholar-centric nature of the questionnaire ensures that potential changes in research and teaching inform our thinking, not only about academic libraries and scholarly publishing, but about changes in the educational enterprise more broadly.
By showcasing the diminishing role of physical presence and the increasing research using online methods, this study clearly proves that the 4/5 years debate if the reference librarians must sit on that desk (and answer the most popular question “where is the bathroom”) is futile.
What the study does not show, since it is conducted in its traditional (conservative) form, is that the library is NOT only the traditional library, where faculty and student search for information (being that in its physical appearance or in online access), but the library entails services, very close to the ones offered by IMS.
I see a discrepancy between literature (where libraries compel much more proactive approach regarding services) and the structure of this survey, which focuses on the traditional (conservative) role of the library as a gatekeeper to online resources [only]. Besides entrenching in 90’s practices of information literacy and/or “dressing up” old-fashioned information literacy with the new cloths of “digital literacy”as I witness at my workplace, the faculty must have been surveyed on the skills in metaliteacies, which the library can [must] provide, as per literature.
A proposal to D2L for collecting information regarding technology instructions at SCSU
I’m trying to log into D2L and am not able to. The user name and password that I’m using does work with my email. I had called yesterday and the individual I spoke with informed me that the professor needed to add me to a D2L list. I spoke with her (the professor) who told me she attempted to do this. Could you assist me with this issue?
Login and password issue must be addressed with:
Free training videos. See http://mnscuims.mnscu.edu/training.html for links to the videos.
Version 10.1 Videos for Teachers
From Desire2Learn Community Site:
User Progress Overview
From Atomic Learning (free):
32 short videos–Content, User Progress, Discussions
Content Tool Changes in D2L Version 10.1
User Progress and Discussion Tool Changes in D2L Version 10.1
Version 10.1 Videos for Students