The Digital Badges Interest Group's charge is to provide a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas related to digital badges and micro-credentials, particularly as they relate to libraries (of all types) and information literacy. The interest group’s work may also include: developing new ideas and approaches to using digital badges, sharing information about badging projects, research, and platforms, and providing networking opportunities for members.
Tuesday, February 20, 2024 @ 1:00 Eastern Time
Free webinar (you don't need to be a member) hosted by the ACRL Digital Badge Interest Group with speaker Kelvin Bentley (University of Texas-Austin)
"Empowering the Career-Readiness of University of Texas System Learners Through Integrating Industry-Recognized Credentials Within the Undergraduate Experience"
[Note this session will be recorded.]
Kelvin Bentley is the program manager of the Texas Credentials for the Future, an initiative within the University of Texas System designed to provide students access to employer-initiated and validated microcredential programs to gain technical skills they combine with their college degrees to be successful in the world of work. Kelvin has more than 22 years of experience leading online learning initiatives as an administrator and consultant for two- and four-year colleges and universities, and K-12 and for-profit organizations. Kelvin has received various honors including Blackboard's 2017 Catalyst Award for Inclusive Education, and his selection as a Fulbright Specialist in distance education in 2010.
Learn more about the UT badging initiative here: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/tech-innovation/teaching-learning/2023/09/14/university-texas-system-bets-big-microcredentials
Digital Badge: a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments (HASTAC)
Microcredential: a credential that recognizes the acquisition of specific skills that is more granular than traditional degrees and other certifications. A digital badge can be a kind of microcredential. (Educause)
Open Badge: a visual symbol of accomplishment with baked in verifiable data and evidence that can be shared across the web (Openbadges.org)
Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI): technical infrastructure established by Mozilla Foundation in 2012 and currently maintained by IMS Global. This standard ensures interoperability across all open badge systems. (Badge Alliance)