HIPC (Hive Interoperability and Portability Coalition)

Designing solutions to improve interoperability of digital learning platforms

Open Digital Badges create new opportunities for recognizing learning by enabling the portability of credentials and interoperability of badging platforms.  In the context of a learning ecosystem such as the Chicago City of Learning, new issues arise around the interoperability of learning platforms and the portability of learning experiences and opportunities. The Hive Interoperability and Portability Coalition (HIPC) will design methods and protocols and develop model applications to move towards more interoperability and portability in learning ecosystems like the Chicago City of Learning.

Lead Organization:
Iridescent

Partner Organizations:
For All Rubrics , Youtopia , City of Learning

Project Goal:
Our goal is to design technology for addressing the four challenges described above and develop model applications for each of the four challenges:

1. Interoperable Learning Platforms for Learners - Design the technology to allow a student to click on a button in Youtopia or ForAllRubrics and send their awarded badges to the Chicago City of Learning badge backpack. Develop a model application in CCOL, ForAllRubrics, and Youtopia, and prepare for integration with sites like Curiosity Machine or FUSE.

2. Community Badge Systems - For communities such as CSTEMBE where a group of learning programs share a set of badge designs, design the technology so that all of the programs can participate in a learning ecosystem such as CCOL. Our goals are to avoid the duplication of the badge designs and still maintain the authenticity of the programs issuing badges. Develop a model application in CCOL, ForAllRubrics, and Youtopia.

3. Distributed Discovery & Recommendation of Learning Opportunities - Design the technology for publishing learning opportunities between Learning Platforms (including the CCOL). Develop a model application in CCOL, ForAllRubrics, and Youtopia, and prepare for integration with Keytag.

4. Interoperable Learning Platforms for Programs - Design technology for sharing events and learning activities between learning platforms. Our goal would be to allow a program to set up their events and learning activities on one learning platform and automatically share that information with the Learning Platforms of its choice. Develop a model application in CCOL, ForAllRubrics, and Youtopia, and prepare for integration with Keytag. Work towards sharing events and learning activities with other learning programs such as Maker Party, Connected Learning Alliance, National Writing Project and Summer of Making.

Project Tags:
2014 Round 2 RFP