PD Learning Network and Badgr Partner to Provide Open Badges for Teacher Professional Development

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Key partnership connects rigorous educator micro-credentialing with badge-issuing platform committed to learner agency and transferability

Logo for Badgr, a product of Concentric Sky: image is a black and white drawing of a badger's head on a red hexagonal background with a black outline.

PD Learning Network and Concentric Sky's Badgr partner to provide open digital badges to K-12 educators for professional learning.

PDLN is at the core of a growing community using Open Badges...

PD Learning Network (PDLN) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Badgr to issue and host its competency-based micro-credential badges for K-12 educators.

Badgr practices and advances openness and transferability of badges which ensures that teachers can show competency in any of the skills they acquire from PDLN courses. Educators create their own learning pathways as they work through PD Learning Network’s online video-based courses. After submitting evidence of competency to PDLN’s credentialed review team, course participants are awarded open badges. The badges certify skills mastery and can be displayed on résumés, social media, email signatures, or in digital portfolios.

“We’re excited to partner with a platform committed to open badges and our teacher-learners having ownership over how, when and where they share their accomplishments,” said PDLN vice president of professional learning Rich Dixon. “It’s critical that educators can share their unique competencies with other teachers, parents, administration, prospective employers, and others within their communities, at their own discretion and over time.”

“Portable micro-credentials for teacher professional development have the potential to connect educators to a growing range of opportunities, providing verifiable records of their learning and achievements,” noted Nate Otto, of Concentric Sky, makers of Badgr. “PDLN is at the core of a growing community using Open Badges to provide high quality experiences and competency development."

About PD Learning Network
Professional Development Learning Network (PDLN) creates online EdTech professional development courses for K-12 educators. Badges and micro-badges are awarded based on competency, rather than seat time. PDLN’s team of experienced educators and EdTech trainers curate content and develop original video courses designed to meet the needs of 21st century educators. Assessments are created with the goal of immediate classroom application. A rigorous review system, credentialed reviewers, and optional university credit ensure the value of PDLN badges. Courses are aligned to international standards.

About Badgr
Badgr is an open-source platform that supports the issuance, storage and the verification of digital badges. Badgr enables organizations of all types to issue verifiable micro-credentials in exchange for achieving learning objectives, proving competency or meeting some other criteria. With Badgr, learners can store, manage, and share the badges they’ve earned, turning badge portfolios into valuable opportunities by giving people an easy way to communicate their achievements and desire to learn to employers and their community. Badgr is a product of Concentric Sky.

Concentric Sky is an award-winning software development company with a focus on product design and realization. The company provides web and mobile application development services to a wide variety of prominent organizations including The World Bank, The United Nations, Intel and edX, as well as major publishers such as Encyclopedia Britannica, National Geographic and Cengage Learning. Learn more about Concentric Sky at http://www.concentricsky.com

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