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MOOC: Badges as New Currency for Professional

MOOC: Badges as New Currency for Professional | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

“We believe that badges offer a promising approach to addressing a vexing challenge – getting under and un-employed Americans into high-paying, unfilled jobs,” said Anne Derryberry, one of the course designers and facilitators.

 

The WICHE Cooperative for Education Technologies (WCET) has announced that they will co-host a massive open online course (MOOC) to examine the growing interest in using badges to document knowledge, skills and competencies when working toward attaining high value professional credentials. Sage Road Solutions LLC, Mozilla, Blackboard Inc., and WCET have collaborated to produce a 6-week shared learning experience that will be offered via Blackboard’s MOOC platform. The MOOC will broaden understandings about approaches to earning high value credentials that benefit institutions, content providers, employers and individuals alike.

 

The “Badges as New Currency for Credentials” MOOC begins on September 9 and concludes October 14, 2013. It will feature a weekly live session Mondays at 2PM ET for the duration of the course. To register for this free, open course, please visithttps://badges.coursesites.com/.

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Behind The Scenes Technology: P2PU & A Badge or P2P & A Degree?

Behind The Scenes Technology: P2PU & A Badge or P2P & A Degree? | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Instead of the traditional degree or certificate that are earned in traditional higher education institutions, P2PU offers learners digital badges. The Chronicle of Higher Education author Kevin Carey quotes the MacArthur foundation as saying that a badge was "a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest" Carey provides a very simple image of a digital badge by relating it to the items that Scouts were on their uniforms and earn for completing selected task. P2PU states that they have"pioneered the use of badges to recognize skills and projects. We’vepublished papers on the subject. Scaled the badge model for a pilot of 500 learners. Won grants for our implementation." Bb helped hundreds earn a FREE digital badge through their first MOOC with Dr. Bonk on Coursesites, so even a traditional higher education company is employing badges and other companies are using them for staff professional development. The three questions that I have is: (1) What is stopping people from making their own badges, who is the governing body for digital badges?, (2)Are we just going from degree/diploma mills to badge mills?, and (3) what does P2PU have to offer course/group leaders that Bb Coursesites does not?

With Blackboard or another LMS, a good instructor can create the same peer 2 peer communication, support, and learning through journals, blogs, team assignments, groups, webinars, and peer review tools. While as the world and technology are always changing, education must change also. But currently, I believe employers are still looking for degrees/diplomas and work experience on resumes. I think P2PU is a great resource or help to struggling students, but not a replacement for traditional education. As Julie Kelleher posted today on Blackboard's blog, how does someone put a value on college. 

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