Representing CAPLA: Online Lab for Open Badges in Education

October 4, 2014

Logos of VTÉ and CAPLA with images of digital badges

Don Presant, President of Learning Agents, has been invited by Vitrine technologie-éducation (VTÉ) and the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) to help facilitate an online Lab or collaboratory on Open Badges in Education. The Lab will take place from 1:30pm-3:00pm ET on October 23, November 20 and December 11, 2014.

Vitrine technologie-éducation (VTÉ) is a network and showcase for computer assisted education in Québec. In March 2014, Vitrine technologie-éducation (VTÉ) announced a partnership with Mozilla aimed at promoting a broader use of Open Badges in Québec education. VTÉ is partnering on this series of Labs with CAPLA, the national voice for prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) in Canada. Don's role in the Labs will include reminding participants how Open Badges can be used in the recognition of prior learning as well as the recognition of new learning.

VTÉ runs these Labs as spaces for the discovery and exploration of both emerging technologies and new approaches to teaching. Through online meetings and followup activities in the next few months, a diverse group of scholars, teachers, practitioners, and solution providers from both the public and private sectors will assess the value of Open Badges in diverse learning contexts.

This group, communicating in English, will focus specifically on the use of Open Badges in informal settings such as professional training and community involvement. The French-speaking group will focus more directly on the ways Open Badges can be integrated to more formal settings, with a focus on institutional actors from the educational field.

Invited Experts include:

  • Don Presant, President of Learning Agents
  • Charles Tsai,Director of Learning Networks for Ashoka Canada
  • April Moore, Director for Curriculum and Instruction, Corona-Norco Unified School District, California
  • Dominique-Alain Jan, Director of ICT, teacher of Economics, Gymnase de Nyon, Switzerland
  • Daniel T. Hickey, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Learning Sciences Program, Indiana University
  • James Willis III, Visiting Research Associate at Indiana University