Calling out Pearson on Open Badges

Doug Belshaw, Open Educational Thinkering, Feb 14, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There's nothing good, it seems, that commercial publishers won't spoil. The latest object of their attention is open badges. As Doug Belshaw writes in this article, Pearson is developing badging system called Acclaim that is an Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI) compatible. So far so good. But the problem is, users will not be able to export their badges outside the Pearson application. "Given that Open Badges are portable digital credentials", writes Belshaw, "this kind of misses the point." I agree.

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