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The digital badging for DeaconConnect utilizes the “Open Credit” API and Credly, which allows learners to receive, manage, store and share their digital credentials.

Objective

MOOC participants earn, store, curate and share digital badges representing their achievement -- through seamless integration of the "Open Credit" API with the DeakinConnect learning management system.

Implementation

A new massive open online course (MOOC) at Deakin University, one of Australia’s most respected and awarded universities, will explore the humanitarian sector and its role in disaster and emergency response, according to an announcement made today by

The course, offered as part of a new open learning platform called DeakinConnect, not only addresses the important topic of working in the global humanitarian field, it also explores an innovative approach for credentialing learners.

"Rather than try to test and measure student success, the course prompts learners to create and share rich evidence of their attainment of learning outcomes. Learners can provide feedback on each other’s work and award peer credit using digital badging."

The digital badging for DeaconConnect utilizes the “Open Credit” API and Credly, which allows learners to receive, manage, store and share their digital credentials.

According to Deakin Vice Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander:

DeakinConnect badge
"Peers can award credit signifying that they believe the participant’s exhibit shows mastery of learning outcomes at or beyond the agreed standards and DeakinConnect Peer Credit badges can be shared on LinkedIn or Facebook."

DeakinConnect Digital BadgeCredly — an end-to-end platform for issuing and managing digital badges and credit — puts participants in control over their lifelong credentials, and automates sharing on a range of social networks, Open Badges, Credly profile, or any site or blog.

Those MOOC participants who wish to have their work assessed formally and earn credit towards a Deakin qualification can also opt to do so for a fee.

The announcement cites Deakin’s partnerships with mission-minded organizations around the globe in developing the course, including: Save the Children, Plan, Care, AusAid, Oxfam, World Vision and the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network. The collaboration with these partners does not end when the course begins; participants will be “encouraged to network online with humanitarian workers and peers across the globe and to challenge and question each other’s ideas.”

We at Credly are very pleased to see Open Credit empowering the earning and sharing of credentials around a topic as important as cultivating appropriate humanitarian responses to disasters, and are delighted to support DeakinConnect’s innovative approach to open learning.

Learn more about DeakinConnect, credit for their MOOCs, and Open Credit which enables badge issuing and display to be integrated into any learning platform or application.