IMS Global Announces Initiative to Establish Digital Badges as Common Currency for K - 20 and Corporate Education

Press Release, IMS Global, Apr 21, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Knowing IMS, the phrase "common currency" was probably very carefully chosen, and it brings to mind Doug Belshaw's proposal the other day to issue badges using Bitcoin-like encryption. So I wonder whether IMS is thinking that far ahead (it wouldn't be the first time they've picked up on someone's idea like that). According to the press release, "IMS will leverage existing experience, expertise and momentum. IMS Digital Credentialing will complement and further IMS’s leadership in competency-based learning, including partnerships with AACRAO and the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) to define extended digital transcript and CBE interoperability." 2 page PDF. Image: Chris Appleton - found here (good badge overview).

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