It’s been a big month for badges:
- The largest citywide summer learning program in the nation, the City of Chicago Summer Of Learning, has gained lots of momentum, with over 100 participating organizations creating and awarding STEAM badges.
- On June 13 at the annual CGI America conference in Chicago, former President Bill Clinton announced a groundbreaking initiative - 2 Million Better Futures - a commitment to giving 1 million students and 1 million U.S. workers access to better educational and professional opportunities through Open Badges.
- On June 19 a new partnership was announced between Blackboard and Mozilla, to support and facilitate a wider use of open badges and digital credentials for massive open online courses (MOOCs).
- On June 20 Mozilla’s very own Erin Knight, Senior Director of Learning & Badges, was invited to discuss OpenBadges in a live conversation about digital learning sponsored by the White House.
"It’s been a pivotal past few weeks for the Open Badges ecosystem. We are excited to see badges move even further beyond an idea, into something that’s very real for hundreds of thousands of learners and workers. With Chicago and emerging Clinton Global Initiative partnerships, we have exemplar badge systems emerging that will connect learners directly to jobs, school credit or other opportunities. It’s an exciting time for badges, it’s an exciting time for learners."
- Erin Knight, Senior Director of Learning and Badges at Mozilla.