BC Open Badges Forum
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BC Open Badges Forum

BC Open Badges Forum

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KPU Richmond Campus

8771 Lansdowne Road

Melville Centre for Dialogue (Richmond 2550)

Richmond, BC V6X 3V8

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Help us transform Open Badges into alternative credentials that build our workforce

Come to learn and collaborate at this cross-sectoral workforce design lab, organized by CanCred.ca and Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Teaching and Learning Commons.

Help us build:

  • More useful ways to recognize learning, development, capability and achievement in our organizations, professions, institutions and communities.
  • Better pathways to career success by working with peers and colleagues across sectors.
  • Alternative credentials that work, based on Mozilla Open Badges.


What if Open Badges* were more than digital doggie biscuits for the gamification of learning? What if they were portable credentials that could carry human capital forward, helping learners and workers build trust and connections in new life situations? What if they helped all kinds of people make transitions from secondary to post-secondary education, education to employment and professional recognition, between careers or even between countries for immigrants and refugees?

This is already happening in other places around the world. How can we make this work here? How can we build on what we already do? How can we learn from what's already working elsewhere and adapt it here?

Help us shape the new digital learning economy and while you learn and build your professional network in our workforce design lab.

Draft Agenda

  • 0800-0900: Registration, Continental Breakfast
  • 0900-0915: Introduction
  • 0915-1000: Open Badges 101
    Fast paced cross-sectoral overview
  • 1000-1100: Adult Workforce
    Any/all of: employer-focused workforce and talent development, immigrant integration, career change, adult ed/literacy, Recognition of Prior Learning
  • 1100-1200: Under 18s
    Any/all of: community/after school, STEM/STEAM engagement, Teacher PD, transition to PSE
  • 1200-1300: Lunch provided
  • 1300-1400: Post-Secondary Education
    Any/all of: Graduate Learning Outcomes, Experiential/ Work Integrated Learning, transition to employment, Professional and Continuing Studies, Open Educational Practices
  • 1400-1515: Building a Cross-Sectoral Regional Network
    Any/all of: common skills frameworks, learning recognition agreements, evoltion of the Open Badge Specification, learning analytics, networked program evaluation
  • 1515-1600: Crowdsourced reflection, final remarks

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Providers of short (5 min) inspiring success stories, case studies, works in progress, future use cases... that trigger group brainstorming sessions.

* What are Open Badges?

Open Badges are electronic credentials (eCredentials) of skills and achievements. They contain detailed information about how they were obtained, making them transparent and useful. Based on a common digital standard, they can be shared over networks and social media like LinkedIn. They can help individuals build their careers and employers find the skills they need.

Benefits of Open Badges include:

  • The ability to recognize lifewide learning: formal, nonformal and informal
  • It’s a portable standard, which makes it easy to recognize and integrate external learning certificates
  • Self-directed learners can advance at their own pace along their own pathways
  • Badge skills frameworks create clear pathways for career development and talent management
  • Increased recognition of skills and achievements increases workforce engagement and retention, especially for Millenials

Well over 10 million Open Badges have been issued since they were invented by Mozilla Foundation in 2011. They have been adopted in diverse sectors all around the world: by educational institutions such as Open University, by professional organizations such as the Scottish Social Services Council and by large employers such as IBM and Siemens.

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Melville Centre for Dialogue (Richmond 2550)

Richmond, BC V6X 3V8

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