How Society for Science & the Public digitize their accreditation system
Builds technology to Engage CustomersCase StudyEbizon helps Society for Science & the Public (SSP)digitize accreditation systemAbstractIntel and Society for Science & the Public won a joint grant for $150,000 in the fourth Digital Media and Learning Competition, held in conjunction with the Mozilla Foundation andsupported by the MacArthur Foundation. This 12-month grant funded the development of badgesystem – a system that would support and inspire connected learning. Connected learning happens inand out of school, in physical places and in online spaces. Together with Intel, Society for Science &the Public (SSP) envisioned a badging system to recognize achievement in its premier high schoolscience competitions, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and the IntelScience Talent Search (Intel STS).
Overview Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of science, through its science Oldest non profit education programs and publications. organization The vision of the organization is to promote Top reviewed non-profit the understanding and appreciation of science by Charity Navigator and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Organization has an annual operating budget Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the of $20 million organization works primarily to recruit more pre-college students to pursue science, math, and engineering fields in college.Business ChallengesWith the vision to promote the understanding and appreciation of Science, Society for Science and the Public hold science fair andcompetition each year and accredit the participants, winners, volunteers and judges. However, the existing accreditation systemneeded some advancement:•Need for universal and easily visible credential that can be shared across the web: The existing accreditation system was in theform of physical certification which had no existence on the web. There was a growing need for an electronic accreditation accessiblefrom anywhere. The ultimate objective was to make the learning process more competitive, making all skills and achievementscomparable on a global scale.•Challenge in keeping the winners engaged: Society for Science and the Public organizes several competition each year but there wasno mean of keeping the winners and participants engaged once the competition was over.•Challenge in defining the progression from one level of competition to other: Several competitions under Society for Science andthe Public are held in multiple level of progression. There was no means of informing the winners of one level of competition that whatare the next levels or competitions that they can prepare for and participate in.
Ebizon’s SolutionEbizon seamlessly worked with client team to do the detail assessment of the requirement. After the in depth understanding of therequirement and business cases, Ebizon’s technical team came up with the technical architecture and process flow of the system.Discussing and analyzing each use case with the client, Ebizon team came up with the technical implement of the proposed system.With the launch of badging system, client wanted to bring its users on Blackbaud NetCommunity – most powerful online marketing andfundraising solution for nonprofits. The purpose was to have a users account on NetCommunity from where they could redirect them tothe Badging system. The challenge faced here was – users should only sign up on the Blackbaud NetCommunity and when coming on thebadging system, the account should be created on the badging system based on the information on Blackbaud NetCommunity. Ebizonresponded to this request by implementing single sign on:Each time user clicks on the badging system link on Blackbaud NetCommunity, user is redirected to the badging system. A check isperformed if the account already exists on badging system, if yes user is logged in to his/her account. If no, account is created on thebadging system.Ebizon designed a powerful and user friendly management interface for the admin to manage the badge allocation in the system. Userscan also manage their badges in groups in their backpack – central repository of their badges from where they can even choose to shareit socially. In December 2012, the first set of Intel ISEF badges was issued to volunteers, judges, and students (high school juniors) who participated in the Intel ISEF 2012 competition. Similarly, verified entrants, semi-finalists, finalists, and top winners of the Intel STS 2013, will receive the appropriate digital badge to reward their achievements in independent scientific and engineering research.
Benefits Awarded badges to ISEF 2012 More than 2000 badges were successfully awarded to the winners, entrants, winners volunteers and judges of Intel ISEF 2012 within the first week of the launch. Better publicity of learning and Recognition and better publicity to learning and skills associated with conducting skills research as well as the invaluable service of those that volunteer in support of young researchers. Promotion of lifelong learning The Open Badges project is intended to help recognize skills and achievements that are gained outside of the official school or work setting with the goal of improving academic achievement, economic opportunity, civic engagement, and opportunities for lifelong learning. Increased participation Attracting more participants and volunteers by making the eligibility and criteria available online. Recognition of volunteers The volunteers received digital accreditation of their relentless effort in the competitions which they could share globally. About Ebizon Builds technology to Many of the worlds most successful Enterprises rely on Ebizon to provide consulting, engineering and outsourcing services to Engage Customers help them engage their customers on Internet for increased revenues.