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2017-May-19 Minutes

2017-May-19 Minutes

Open Badges Workgroup

19 May 2017, 9am-12pm

 

Resources

Workgroup forum (agendas, minutes, discussion / for IMS members)

Current published IMS OB 2.0 standard

GitHub repository (2.0)

Project timeline

IMS Intellectual Property Statement

Workgroup Chairs

Tim Cook tim@lrng.org

Mark Mercury mark.mercury@pearson.com


IMS Staff

Jeff Bohrer jbohrer@imsglobal.org

Markus Gylling mgylling@imsglobal.org

 

MINUTES

Attendance: Brett Herzog (ProExam), Hal Herzog (Learning Objects), Justin Pitcher (Chalk and Wire), Sherri Braxton-Lieber (UMBC), Steve Gance (WA CC’s), Phil Long (UT-Austin), Nate Otto (Concentric Sky), Tim Cook (LRNG), Satoru Hattori (Uchida Yoko / IMS Japan), Thor Anderson (IMS/Helio Training), Heather Harter (Penn State), Mark Mercury (Acclaim/Pearson), Matt (?); IMS Staff: Jeff Bohrer, Sam Birk, Sandra DeCastro

 

Open Badges Workgroup

  • Jeff gave a brief update on the workgroup’s timeline and progress to date

  • IMS OB 1.x validator now available at https://www.imsglobal.org/activity/digital-credentialing-badges (free IMS login required)

  • IMS OB 2.0 validator Phase 1 ~90% finished. Contact Nate or Markus to help with testing.

  • The following companies stated their products are 2 weeks or less from incorporating OB 2.0: Acclaim, Chalk and Wire, Badgr.

    • Acclaim and Badgr will give their users the option to download badges compliant with v2.0, however, current backpacks are not ready.

  • Workgroup started identifying requirements for the OB 2.0 compliance certification test

  • Workgroup discussed emerging topics and themes heard at conference that could be considered by workgroup in the future:

    • Linked data signature spec (from W3C; Nate created issue #152 in github/openbadges-specification)

    • Blockcerts extensions

    • Relationship between OB and other specs like LTI and Caliper (ex: sending a badge payload to a gradebook as a score)

    • Self-asserted badges

    • Changing criteria property into an array (Justin created a new issue)

    • Verifying evidence that cannot be publicly available (e.g. health data)

    • Educational properties of OB for education (i.e. assessment might not be an optional property)

  • Workgroup joined with the IMS Extended Transcript workgroup for 90 minutes and:

    • Reviewed eT, OB, and Learning Pathways data models

    • Emphasized that eT and OB standards are very close to final, so there is no intent to modify them prior to going to market as final in the next 3-6 months.

    • Proposed to form a new task force to examine all three specs to determine whether future changes to specs are recommended in order to harmonize these related standards. Postulated:

      • IMS will take on Learning Pathways as new specification

      • Keep specs separate but harmonized

      • Design an abstract layer with an information services model