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Release of BadgeStack v2.0 Gives More Flexibility to Badge-Issuing Organizations

New v2.0 features enhance student engagement and add increased flexibility for instructional designers and community managers issuing digital badges or microcredentials.  A new and powerful automatic thresholds engine goes well beyond any existing learning achievement system. 

A Growing Number of Large-Scale Community Partners and Rapid Development Keeps BadgeStack at the Forefront of the Microcredential Movement

BadgeStack System - Badge-empowered learning system


New York, NY — February 20, 2012
— Today, LearningTimes, LLC, announced the release of version 2.0 of its innovative, BadgeStack™ learning and community system. BadgeStack is the first and only standards-based system designed specifically for badge-empowered, formal and informal learning. The groundbreaking system rewards and recognizes skill and knowledge acquisition as well as social and professional engagement within a learning community.

The new v2.0 features enhance student engagement and add increased flexibility for instructional designers and community managers issuing digital badges, or microcredentials. Among the new features is a new and powerful automatic thresholds engine for awarding badges that goes well beyond anything ever built into an LMS or achievement system.

“Many of the new features are based on input from our rapidly growing base of users, and we are anticipating the needs of badging systems being deployed in a range of learning contexts ,” states Jonathan Finkelstein, Director of the BadgeStack Project. “We are also working on some amazing platform extensions inspired by our DML Competition partners, including the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, USC Joint Educational Project, MoneyWizdom, and Cyberwise, to name a few– so stay tuned.”

Additional v2.0 feature highlights include:

  • A customizable BadgeStack theme with an unparalleled system metaphor engine and default badge designs making it easier for organizations to tailor the user experience to their unique brand identity.
  • A set of powerful tools for larger badge system implementations, including new roles to scale the ability to review and evaluate community member contributions.
  • A range of capabilities or “Superpowers” that can be earned by community members as they reach certain milestones, criteria or earn certain badges.  The superpower can allow a learner, for example, to create new badges for their community or design new quests for other community members.

 “It was very easy for me to work with the BadgeStack platform for a new online course on exploring the world of games for our undergraduate education and professional development students,” states Dr. Susan Manning, Online Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Stout. “I was easily able to design and build the new course using the flexible BadgeStack tools and created a fun UW-Stout visual identity for the badges the students earn in the course."

BadgeStack, which was the first learning and community system to issue Mozilla OpenBadges, is already in use by some of the world's best-known organizations. It’s built with open standards at the core to make it simple for learners to showcase their badges and evidence of their learning, content experts to re-purpose their best content, and organizations to make BadgeStacking part of their community ecosystem.

Contact us today for more information and a BadgeStack demo. 

About LearningTimes

LearningTimes provides tools and expertise to the world’s most innovative organizations to create powerful interactive online learning experiences.  More than 500 industry leaders like MIT, the Smithsonian Institution, Intuit, AASLH, AAM, the U.S. Department of Education, and the NYC Department of Education, leverage the LearningTimes approach for badge-based learning, webcasts, online conferences, professional development training, and much more. Founded in 2002, LearningTimes is headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco.

For more information, contact John Walber at 212-239-2100 or info@learningtimes.com. Visit LearningTimes on the Web at http://www.learningtimes.com.

February 20, 2012  |   LearningTimes News

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