Hive NYC is honored to be one of the recipients of the Digital Media and Learning Competition’s Trust Challenge, which encourages individuals and institutions from across education and technology sectors to develop innovative tools, practices and platforms that promote trust in connected learning environments. Today at SXSWedu in Austin, TX, Richard Culatta, acting director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, announced the thirteen winning projects.
Hive NYC’s project, Building Connected Credentials, draws on its successful partnership with NYC Department of Education to create new tools and practices to catalyze educators and youth to participate in connected learning experiences regardless of whether they occur in or out of school. The project is a collaboration with John Duval from the Office of Postsecondary Readiness, New York City Department of Education, Leslie Beller from MHA Labs, and Jim Diamond, Educational Development Corporation: Center for Children & Technology.
As part of Building Connected Credentials, Hive NYC will assemble stakeholders—in and out-of-school educators and youth from NYC public middle and high schools and Hive-affiliated connected learning organizations—in a laboratory-style environment to collaborate on the design and development of trusted and shared assessment frameworks. In an effort to bridge informal and formal learning networks, project participants will analyze learning opportunities and design, adapt, and adopt assessments that will be useable by all stakeholders.
This project draws on Hive NYC’s partnership with Digital Ready schools, and out of a need to develop a common language that best represents the digital skills and resiliency we see in youth with which we teach and learn. Over the course of the next year, this work will be piloted in participating schools and Hive-affiliated organizations across the city. Hive Research Lab will also help assess the outcomes and designs.
It’s quite clear that a common language is needed amongst all stakeholders in the development of shared assessments. Learning is occurring anytime, anywhere and so is acquisition of the much sought-after 21st century skills needed for college and career readiness. Building Connected Credentials is the first step in creating a frameworks that operate with a shared vision and understanding amongst everyone involved.
~Rob DiRenzo, Partnership Development Manager for Digital Ready
Before technical infrastructures like digital badges can be leveraged to recognize skills and achievements, educators and other stakeholders must come to a mutual understanding regarding what is valuable and relevant across learning contexts. Our work is to bring stakeholders together and to cultivate an environment of openness, iteration and design-thinking that results in a new framework that accounts for validation of interest-based and academically-oriented learning opportunities for youth. ~Leah Gilliam, Director of Hive NYC
The Trust Challenge is a response to a call to action issued in the 2014 Aspen Task Force Report “Learner at the Center of a Networked World,” which sought innovations and solutions that enable people to pursue learning experiences online in an environment that is safe and private. The Trust Challenge is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC, an alliance of more than 14,000 humanists, artists, scientists, and technologists working together to change the future of learning.