Loves open education, Open Badges, free culture, Progress of the Useful Arts and Sciences, people-powered politics, and local food production. Coordinator for the badges Design Principles Documentation Project at Indiana University.
Loyal readers and friends, I’m excited this week to be starting a new project with Open Badges. I have joined the Badges Design Principles Project at Indiana University. Funded in parallel with the DML Badges for Lifelong Learning competition and led by Dr. Daniel Hickey at IU, our project aims to document how the DML awardees […]
From the Mozilla Open Badges Infrastructure community call Wednesday morning, it sounds like the signed assertions spec is ready. I’m exploring how signed badges work from a technical standpoint. Signed badges allow issuers to avoid storing an assertion file for each issued badge. Instead, issuers simply host a key that they use to “sign” badges, […]
Doug Belshaw, Badges and Skills lead for the Mozilla Foundation, fields a great volume of the open badges community’s questions. He passed along one of those questions that fell more on the technical side to the community call last week: Someone asked me a question today about how to find out more about how decentralised […]
On Monday, I hosted a short conversation on possibilities for using open badges in libraries as part of a series of community conversations with people interested in Mozilla’s Open Badges Infrastructure. The raw notes we took during the session are located here. For background on the topic, we read “Badging the Library” by Ahniwa Ferrari. […]
Imagine the kind of world that would exist if Netflix had all TV or movie content. From a consumer standpoint, the value of Netflix subscriptions would be great. The cord-cutting the cable industry has been dreading would finally occur. The value of TV advertising would be absolutely obliterated. That’s scary to the people who get […]
Previously, I was testing a wiki to use to offer free online courses and learning affinity spaces, but now that old mostly-empty shell will redirect back to the blog, where I’ll announce any future learning spaces I’m running.
The Copyright Alliance (an organization committed to “upholding the contributions of copyright to the fiscal health of this nation and for the good of creators, owners and consumers around the world”) has a new post up for Valentines Day lamenting that some SOPA opponents, who at first seemed to agree on the need to battle […]
Sam Stein on the Huffington Post: WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s campaign is reconfiguring its approach to powerful super PACs, worried the president’s re-election prospects could be overwhelmed by conservative groups raising and spending unlimited amounts of money. The president’s advisers have signaled to donors that he will soften, for the time being, his long-standing […]
Big media tech journalist David Pogue posted about the enormous SOPA/PIPA protests that potentially killed the bills for now, but probably not forever — these bills themselves are the successors to the failed COICA legislation from 2010, and it may not be long before language like this shows up again… so keep those pitchforks handy […]