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It’s time to say something about Pearson’s badging platform, known as ‘Acclaim’. It’s effectively a silo, as badges earned there can’t be displayed elsewhere. This goes against the point of Open Badges as portable digital credentials.
OER, or Open Educational Resources, are more than documents that happen to carry a certain licence. It’s a whole movement, a way of approaching education. Audrey Watters explains in this article how technology companies entering the education market as want to ‘disrupt’ things in a way that are positive for their profits and shareholders.