SXSWedu 2015

Badging Across a City: Evidence, Access & Scale


Chicago City of Learning exemplifies how to create a city-wide system of learning that breaks down barriers between in-school and out-of-school experiences. Learn from an edtech nonprofit and digital literacy program on how digital badges aim to empower our most underserved children. We’ll discuss how to ensure badges provide evidence of learning; why acknowledging anytime/anyplace learning is critical for closing opportunity gaps; and how cities can scale efforts with the right partners.

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  1. Access: Learn how to create a city-wide system of learning and recognition of accomplishments that focuses on underserved students. Supporting anytime learning with badges is critical for those who have limited access to extracurricular activities.
  2. Evidence: Gain insight on how to attach meaningful evidence to digital badges for students, teachers, parents, and employers. Learn about the meta-data behind the badges: when they are earned, how they are earned, and under what criteria.
  3. Scale: Partners are key to an effective city-wide learning initiative. Understand the role you play in the community, who to involve, as well as how to ensure the appropriate infrastructure is in place to issue badges in an efficient manner.


  • Kathy Yu Burek, Producer, Classroom, Inc.
  • Nichole Pinkard, Founder, Digital Youth Network and Assoc. Professor DePaul University, Digital Youth Network


Celia Alicata, Director of Marketing & Communications, Classroom, Inc.

Meta Information:

  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Achievement Gaps & Educational Equality
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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