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Dynamic Skillset newsletter (June 2016)


Doug Belshaw

July 1 · Issue #5 · View online

Open Educational Thinkerer. Consultant helping people & orgs become more productive in their use of technology. Co-founded @WeAreOpenCoop. #digilit #openbadges

Hello! I’ve been busy in June, having just come back from a week’s trip that involved speaking in Denver, USA, London, and Jersey. I’ve updated the look and feel of the Dynamic Skillset website, and I’m delighted to say that my ‘super-secret backchannel’ has morphed into the Slack channel. You’re very welcome to join us!
The book of my thesis, that I promised to reduce in price to zero, is now pay-what-you-want. If you haven’t read The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies yet, what are you waiting for? :)
Finally, and this newsletter is a #Brexit-free zone, the other big news was that City & Guilds (one of my clients) acquired Digitalme (another of my clients!) Links to announcements can be found here, and I helped with the video below that explains their new digital credentialing business.

Imagery by Bryan Mathers, animation by Tim Powell, narration by Doug Belshaw
Imagery by Bryan Mathers, animation by Tim Powell, narration by Doug Belshaw
The best of what I wrote in June
How to use metaphors to generate badge-based pathways
3 Ways Open Badges Work Like the Web
Why we need ‘view source’ for digital literacy frameworks
The best of what I read in June
The self-fulfilling prophesy
The Five Questions That Most Define My Work
The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It
All LinkedIn with Nowhere to Go
What we learned from designing an academic certificates system on the blockchain
Four Ways to Cut Down on Endless Back-and-Forth Emails
Availability for July onwards
I’ll be back in the US to help a school district in California at the back end of July. That, and commitments to other clients, means I’ve got very little availability over the next few weeks. However, I may be able to squeeze in a day or so of remote work.
A reminder that I’ll be away for the entire month of August, but I’ll have much more free time for you and your project(s) come September! do contact me if you think I can help either individually as Dynamic Skillset, or in collaboration with my co-workers at
Get in touch!
You’ll get the fastest response from me via Twitter (@dajbelshaw) but I always respond to emails within 24 hours:
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