Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Digital Badges for Learning: Exploring the Possible Impact on Higher Education & Libraries > December 14 2012 > 3:00pm to 4:00pm ET

Steven Bell and John Shank, co-founders of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community and their guest, Jonathan Finkelstein, Founder and Executive Producer of LearningTimes and Director of the BadgeStack Project, invite you to attend the next Blended Librarians webcast. In this session, we will explore the latest thinking around the use of Digital Badges as an engagement strategy and as a form of microcredential or certification.  Finkelstein will share examples of new educational programs and online communities that leverage digital badges to build ongoing relationships with learners, foster deeper engagement, and acknowledge learning that often goes unrewarded or unrecognized. We’ll look at how higher education and libraries can leverage the benefits of microcredentials.

Jonathan Finkelstein is founder and executive producer of LearningTimes. He is also the director of the BadgeStack Project. As the architect of multiple badge-based platforms, he has helped deploy dozens of badge-empowered learning and community projects for groups such as the Smithsonian, the NYC Department of Education, the YMCA of Greater New York, and Yale University. Finkelstein is author of Learning in Real Time (Wiley), contributing author to The Digital Museum, board member of the AAM Media & Technology Committee, and host of thousands of pioneering online events for education, museum, and library audiences. The son of two New York City public school teachers, Finkelstein graduated with honors from Harvard University.

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