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The Crisis in the Humanities and STEM – and Why We Must Recreate Higher Education

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Here’s the punchline: The humanities in the U.S.… more

Re-Designing Learning For Democracy

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Ann Pendleton-Jullian, the architect and educational redesigner, notes that:  “Design has the capacity to shape contexts as frames for things to happen.”  My excitement at being part of the connected learning movement and the Digital Media and Learning initiative sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T.… more

Why We Need Badges Now: A Bibliography of Resources in Historical Perspective

Why We Need Badges Now

It was something over a year ago when we first began talking about badges as a powerful new tool for identifying and validating the rich array of people’s skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and competencies that happens everywhere and at every age.  That’s when we decided that this year the Digital Media and Learning Competition would be dedicated to an array of competitions on badging.  I remember when we started writing, blogging, talking, speaking, and in other ways trying to create a conversation around badges as an alternative mode of assessment, people would look at me like… more