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IACET Announces Partnership with Badgr for the Open Digital Badge Experience Course

Badgr to serve as the digital badging technology platform powering IACET’s Open Digital Badge Xperience (ODBX 1.0) program

Badgr Team

April 23, 2019


This press release was originally authored by the International Association for Continuing Education Training (IACET) and was published on Cision PRWeb. (link to press release)

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) today announces its strategic partnership with Concentric Sky, makers of Badgr. Badgr will serve as the digital badging technology platform powering IACET’s Open Digital Badge Xperience (ODBX 1.0) program. ODBX 1.0 aims to help organizations understand digital badge technology and prepares them to implement digital credential programs in accordance with industry best practices. The kick-off event for ODBX 1.0 takes place in Chicago this Friday, April 26, and will be followed by events in Washington D.C. on May 3, and New York on July 18.


The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) today announces its strategic partnership with Concentric Sky, makers of Badgr. Badgr will serve as the digital badging technology platform powering IACET’s Open Digital Badge Xperience (ODBX 1.0) program. ODBX 1.0 aims to help organizations understand digital badge technology and prepares them to implement digital credential programs in accordance with industry best practices. The kick-off event for ODBX 1.0 takes place in Chicago this Friday, April 26, and will be followed by events in Washington D.C. on May 3, and New York on July 18.


According to Joe McClary, IACET’s chief executive officer, “Our organization serves those individuals involved with adult continuing education and professional development initiatives. Our partnership with Badgr on ODBX helps us better prepare our partners to build digital credential programs around their initiatives. Badgr’s groundbreaking work on stackable learning pathways creates an organic alignment between our organizations and makes this partnership a natural fit. ”

Through its membership, IACET has benefitted from a bird’s eye view of the evolving adult learning landscape. “Digital badges have rounded the corner of a slow creep entry into the continuing education industry,” notes McClary. “We’re now at a tipping point where badges and micro-credentials are rapidly becoming the common language used to recognize achievements and professional certifications. We view ODBX to be our own pioneer effort to inform and inspire program attendees regarding the power and reach of badges, and we’ve found great alignment with Badgr, itself a pioneer of the digital badging revolution.”

Concentric Sky CEO, Wayne Skipper notes that “Digital badges aren’t just a new kind of credential. They give organizations a way to express any credential in a digitally verifiable and machine-readable way. We see great promise in expanding the use of badges for continuing education and professional development credentials and have found ourselves well aligned with IACET’s goals to use ODBX to inspire increasing adoption of digital credentials in the professional world. ”

We’re now at a tipping point where badges and micro-credentials are rapidly becoming the common language used to recognize achievements and professional certifications. - Joe McClary, CEO, IACET

Indeed, Badgr’s migration into adult learning recognition has found the company to be at the same bend in the road as IACET. “Digital Badges are rapidly transforming the education and employment landscape. When combined with Open Pathways, badges become stackable across organizations, creating real value for those that hold them. Posting a badge to social media is no longer the end of the story. Now organizations can design credentials that serve as keys to open new chapters of learning at other organizations. We look forward to working with IACET to help their partners expand the rich ecosystem of stackable learning opportunities that exist in the continuing education and professional development space. ”


Experience the partnership in action at ODBX. Live-stream registrations are still available for D.C., and onsite and live-stream registrations are available for New York. For more information on the course, or to register, visit https://www.iacet.org/odbx


About IACET - The International Association for Continuing Education and Training is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs. It is the premier standard-setting organization for the adult continuing education and training ecosystem. IACET is the creator of the original Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and is a non-profit 501c3 based in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. IACET accredits education providers that meet strict continuing education guidelines established by the IACET Council for Standards Development (ICSD). IACET accreditation is the standard learners seek for quality when they choose a provider. IACET’s Standard is the core of thousands of educational programs worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.iacet.org.