A useful article overviewing the technology, social, academic and organizational issues surrounding the Open Badge Initiative (http://openbadges.org). Personally, I think this is a vital technology to break the mould of formal education and rethink how we accredit lifelong learning. This may not be the final solution, but it is an important link in the chain.
Address of the bookmark: http://ojs.stanford.edu/ojs/index.php/a2k/article/view/381
I am a professional learner, employed as a Full Professor and Associate Dean, Learning & Assessment, at Athabasca University, where I research lots of things broadly in the area of learning and technology, and I teach mainly in the School of Computing & Information Systems. I am a proud Canadian, though I was born in the UK. I am married, with two grown-up children, and two growing-up grandchildren. We all live in beautiful Vancouver.