This week, the Badge Alliance led the community call, taking advantage of a gap in the presentation schedule to update the community on some of what’s been happening in the Working Groups, and in the Alliance as a whole.
Badge Alliance Marketing Director Megan Cole joined us to give an overview of what the Badge Alliance has been doing since launching in February, as well as a few hints of what’s to come in September, when the first working cycle comes to an end and the second kicks off.
We also heard from other members of the Badge Alliance team as well as members of the Badge Alliance community working in leadership roles within the Working Groups.
Constellation Model for Social Change
The Badge Alliance is framed on the Constellation Model for Social Change, seating the work in a set of focused working groups that are working towards specific goals in particular areas of the badging ecosystem - such as higher education, cities, and digital literacy - and the infrastructure - including endorsement, research, and policy.
The work is done in cycles of six months, encouraging focused, engaged work towards both short-term and more wide-reaching goals, as well as providing the flexibility to adapt as the needs and landscape of the ecosystem change.
There are currently 11 open Working Groups for this first working cycle, each of which is stewarded by a Badge Alliance Liaison, a member of the BA team who ensures
Working Group Highlights
During the call, we heard from three working groups:
- Messaging - focused on looking at the various ways to present badges to different audiences
For its first cycle, the Messaging Working Group is focusing on fine-tuning and increasing the amount of Open Badges marketing and educational resources available. Details can be found on the groups wiki page.
For its first cycle, the Cities Working Group is focusing on building the national Cities of Learning brand, increasing the number of cities participating in the initiative and documenting efforts. Details can be found on the groups wiki page.
This group has developed a roadmap of proposals and is working on some prototyping on the Open Badges assertion schema, as well as digging into extensions and endorsement capabilities.
For detailed notes on these groups, see the call notes at http://bit.ly/CCJuly16
If you haven’t yet signed up for Working Groups and would like to, visit badgealliance.org/get-involved/