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There are many organizations and working groups in the space, with missions ranging from authoring and stewardship of technical standards to communities of practice. Some are free and open and others require approval to join, membership and, in some cases, paid membership.


ACRL Digital Badges Interest Group

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The Association of College & Research Libraries Digital Badges Interest Group's charge is to provide a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas related to digital badges and micro-credentials, particularly as they relate to libraries (of all types) and information literacy. The interest group’s work may also include: developing new ideas and approaches to using digital badges, sharing information about badging projects, research, and platforms, and providing networking opportunities for members.


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Digital Credentials Consortium (DCC)

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"The Digital Credentials Consortium was founded in 2018 by leading universities with expertise in the design of verifiable digital credentials. Together, we are designing an infrastructure for digital credentials of academic achievement."


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  • Managed at MIT, the DCC is active in "design and governance of a technology infrastructure for academic credentials."
  • University founding members are listed on the Website
  • Projects and working groups

Keep Badges Weird

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Keep Badges Weird (KBW) is a community of practice. "People in this community are front line educators, programme designers and learner advocates. We are the people who are motivated and influential in getting organisations to start thinking about upskilling in a non-traditional way. This is a place in which contribution badges can recognise participation, creation, and reflection, as well as act as credentials."


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  • Participation is free and accessed by joining the KBW Community of Practice on Participate.com.
  • KBW hosts a monthly Open Recognition call with participants from multiple continents.
  • Organic participation in the community includes discussion threads and resource sharing.
  • Many contributors to this badge.wiki resource are also KBW members.

ICoBC

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The International Council on Badges and Credentials is "a network of educational, corporate, association and government organisations. Our goal is to develop and facilitate best practices on badges and credentials regionally and globally."


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  • Individual and organizational membership is fee-based
  • Working groups are free and open to join
  • ICoBC working groups have authored reports and the website shares these and other resources for planning, implementation, and quality assurance.
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • YouTube channel

Microcredentials Sans Frontières

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"Microcredentials Sans Frontières (MCSF) is an open international network dedicated to cultivating a deeper understanding of the design, development, delivery, and effectiveness of microcredential opportunities across the learning lifespan."


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Non-degree Credentials Research Network (NCRN)

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"The NCRN is a multi-disciplinary community of scholars, practitioners and policymakers that focuses on the little-understood role of certificates, certifications and other non-degree credentials in the labor market."


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  • Managed within the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy. Official website.
  • Provides funding for research priorities through an RFP
  • Create and assess knowledge sharing and research about non-degree credentials.
  • Participation is by approval
  • Host an annual conference


Open Recognition Alliance

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Open Recognition Work Group

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Open Skills Network

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ShapingEDU Emerging Credentials Standards Action Team

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The ShapingEDU Emerging Credentials Standards Action Team is a community dedicated to identifying the value of emerging credentials (such as badges, digital credentials, microcredentials, etc) to support the relationship between learners, employers and higher education.


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T3 Innovation Network

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Trusted Learner Network

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"The Trusted Learner Network (TLN) offers institutions and credential issuers a space to explore complex challenges and develop new ways to record, curate, and share achievements and skills across the learner’s lifespan."


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  • Website.
  • Beginning with the first unconference at Arizona State University in March, 2020, TLN hosts in-person and online events.
  • Participation is free and open:
    • TLN Community
    • Architecture Advisors and Development Team
    • Governing Body
  • The TLN ecosystem also includes a digital network: "The fundamentally secure, reliable, accessible and truthful system that holds all Trusted Learner records together through consensus, built on a distributed ledger. The Network is owned by all participants, not just one institution."

UPCEA Alternative Credentials Network

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"The mission of the Alternative Credentials Network is to share best practices and emerging trends related to non-degree or non-credit credentials, sometimes considered alternative credentials by postsecondary leaders...The Network represents postsecondary professionals that work within externally focused professional, continuing and online (PCO) divisions and units at post-secondary institutions."


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  • Participation for UPCEA members. Website.
  • Listserve for exchange of ideas, resources and questions
  • Host virtual and in-person events

W3C Verifiable Credentials for Education Task Force

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"The Verifiable Credentials for Education Task Force will explore questions that arise around the use of Verifiable Credentials to represent educational credentials. These questions range from data modelling concerns to usage guidelines and best practices."


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