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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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Measuring Competency One Badge at a Time? - Human Resource Executive Online

Even if badges start to gain traction, how meaningful will the information be to hiring managers and HR professionals?

A badge in SEO from Google, say, will probably offer more meaningful information to a hiring manager than, for example, a badge in teambuilding from Mom and Pop's Corner Store, experts say. And between those extremes, there will be a wide range of perceived value along such a continuum.

 

What's yet to be determined, experts say, is whether a badge will indicate competency or simply attendance at a workshop.

"Who certifies the certifiers?" adds Latham. "How do you know it means anything at all?"


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An alternative to the college degree?

An alternative to the college degree? | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

NPR's Marketplace Money interviews Cathy Davidson about badges on today's show: "An alternative to the college degree?"

 

"So let's say I don't have a college degree. Can I go out with my collection of digital badges and a critical thinking score and compete with college grads for jobs? Not yet. But Davidson says big tech companies like Google and Microsoft are already using badges in hiring, and as more employers start taking alternative credentials seriously, they could challenge the monopoly of the traditional college degree."

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Should Badges Replace Diplomas?

Should Badges Replace Diplomas? | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Statistics have shown that college graduates continually out-earn workers with only a high school diploma. In an article by the Brookings Institution, this fact holds true even in our current economic recession. The question remains, what weight will employers give these virtual badges, and will they come to pose a significant challenge to traditional diplomas?

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Badges?!? Do We Need Any Stinking Badges?!?? | TedCurran.net

Badges?!? Do We Need Any Stinking Badges?!?? | TedCurran.net | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Everything I’ve heard is that badges are designed to take the place of the diploma– but a diploma is just a way for an educational institution to confer its reputation upon an individual who has successfully proven mastery of content. The whole system is based on faith that the institution knows what mastery looks like, and it has done due diligence to ensure that its graduates have mastered the skills.

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Is There Merit in a Digital Badge?

Is There Merit in a Digital Badge? | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

For me, one of the most interesting implications of badges centers on how and why students and employers might find them useful. Would students potentially find digital badges motivating? Perhaps their scope of use falls into more informal learning or achievement than is usually captured by a degree or credits earned for a course. Perhaps digital badges are most appropriate for the stuff that is not about content knowledge, but is more about behavior. For example, perhaps in addition to diplomas and transcripts that certify assessment of exhibited knowledge in content areas, there is room for digital badges that indicate a learner has exhibited qualities such as “leadership,” “creativity,” “critical reasoning skills,” “civic engagement,” “citizenship,” or a propensity for “volunteerism.”

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It's not what you know

It's not what you know | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

What we need is an alternate method of certifying learning. That's the motivation behind Mozilla's Open Badges project, which I have written about before. It turns out there are a number of certificate/badge programs in nascent stages online. They are an idea whose time has come.
Meanwhile, as a developer seeking to maintain and enhance your employability, you need to attend to two related goals. The first is, you must achieve competence. The second is, you must have a way of documenting that competence for prospective employers.

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The Right and Wrong Way to Issue Digital Badges

The Right and Wrong Way to Issue Digital Badges | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Digital Badges: There is one sure-fire way to make them stick for your community and that is to make them valuable in the real world.

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Who is Awarding The Disruption Badge?

Who is Awarding The Disruption Badge? | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

There are some big names getting involved with “badges”. Modern ideas about badges arise from incentive used by the gaming community to indicate achievement. Historically, however, badges are older than money itself. Recently, badges are gaining attention in the area of education as a means of indicating achievement.

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Rethinking Skill Certifications: Mozilla’s Open Badges Project | SiliconANGLE

Rethinking Skill Certifications: Mozilla’s Open Badges Project | SiliconANGLE | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Technical implementation aside, there are other challenges a project like this will face. Since it will be possible for any organization or individual to issue badges it will take some time to establish which issuers will be considered legitimate and which are simply “badge mills.” There will also need to be controls to prevent individuals from gaming the system and displaying badges that they have not earned.

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Open Badges and the Impact of Potential Employees

Open Badges and the Impact of Potential Employees | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Based on some feedback I am getting on my post on Open Badges and Rewarding Learning Online, I got to thinking a bit more on how this could be expanded/revisited to suit the professional sector.

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The great mismatch | The Economist

The great mismatch | The Economist | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

IN PARTS of Europe and the Middle East more than a quarter of 15- to 24-year-olds do not have a job. In some black spots such as Spain and Egypt the figure is more than a half. Altogether 75m of the world’s young people are unemployed and twice that number are underemployed. This not only represents a huge loss of productive capacity as people in the prime of life are turned into dependants. It is also a potential source of social disruption and a daily source of individual angst. The Japanese have a word for the 700,000 young people who have withdrawn from society into domestic cocoons: hikikomori.

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Who Will Benefit from Badges (and Other New Forms of Credentialing)? | Inside Higher Ed

Who Will Benefit from Badges (and Other New Forms of Credentialing)? | Inside Higher Ed | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

A number of initiatives and startups are hoping to offers ways to give people some sort of formal(ized) recognition for their informal learning – or at least for the skills they possess for which they don’t have official diplomas or degrees. Among them: Mozilla’s Open Badges project, the social endorsement site Skills.to, the soon-to-launch Degreed, and the open-to-the-public-just-today LearningJar.


There seems to be a lot of buzz about these in the tech industry in particular -- due to the high demand for workers with programming skills, due to the feeling that a college degree in CS doesn't always mean someone has those necessary programming skills, and -- of course -- due to the concerns over the high cost of higher education. And even if there weren’t headlines and hand-wringing about the “higher education bubble," these efforts do make sense: a college degree isn’t necessarily the best or only indicator of a person’s skill-set.

 


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Beyond the College Degree, Online Educational Badges

Beyond the College Degree, Online Educational Badges | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Who needs a university anymore?” asked David Wiley, a Brigham Young University professor who is an expert on the new courses, known as MOOCs. “Employers look at degrees because it’s a quick way to evaluate all 300 people who apply for a job. But as soon as there’s some other mechanism that can play that role as well as a degree, the jig is up on the monopoly of degrees.”

 

By the end of this year, Mr. Wiley predicted, it will become familiar to hear of people who earned alternative credentials online and got high-paying jobs at Google or other high-visibility companies.

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5 Use Cases for Badges in the Enterprise - brave new org | brave new org

5 Use Cases for Badges in the Enterprise - brave new org | brave new org | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

How can badges play an effective role inside an organization?
1) Credibility
2) Awareness
3) Motivation
4) Recognition
5) Career

In summary, I’m not tying academic credentials to badges inside the organization; rather, I’m linking the concepts of work-based knowledge, experience, recognition and career development as ways in which to enhance the employee experience. I’m also not at the stage where external badges may find a home inside the organization.

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Merit Badges for the Job Market | The Wall Street Journal

Merit Badges for the Job Market | The Wall Street Journal | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

From a recruiter's comments to Jeff Young's article, "As a recruiter responsible for separating the lies on a resume from actual accomplishments, I'd welcome a chance to verify skills through badges."

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RSC e-Assessment: Why I would like to use Open Badges for Assessment

RSC e-Assessment: Why I would like to use Open Badges for Assessment | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Assessment linked to open badges has been generating some interest lately. The concept of badges has come from gaming, where they can be gained as recognition of certain achievements while participating in a game but there has been interest in them recently in other contexts... In this blog post I discuss why I would like to have used open badges in my own learning and employment scenarios and how they might help to bridge formal and informal learning spheres and help us to accredit rapidly evolving skills, attributes and literacies. 


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Can Badges Fix Developer Recruitment? | Regular Geek

Can Badges Fix Developer Recruitment? |  Regular Geek | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

(Don't forget StackOverflow's Careers 2.0) Lately, more services have appeared with the hope of showing who has experience with various technologies. The idea is meant to solve two problems. First, influence is a hot topic right now, with people focusing more on general influence and sites like Klout or PeerIndex. How do you find people that know about things like HTML5 or JavaScript and JQuery? Outside of the people that wrote a book or wrote the framework, how do you find those people that are truly knowledgable? The second problem is the recruitment and hiring process. In the technical industry, recruitment and hiring is big business. Given the amount of turnover in the industry, those recruiting fees can really add up. In many cases, companies need to pay as much as 10% of the starting salary for the new employee to the recruitment firm. If the average placement makes $100,000, that means the recruitment firm takes $10,000 per position.

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Digital Badges May Highlight Job Seekers’ Skills

Digital Badges May Highlight Job Seekers’ Skills | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

“The badges are another way to tell the story of who you are and what you know,” Dr. Yowell said.

“What people are learning in school is often not connected to the world of work,” she said. “Badges can fill that gap. They can be a kind of glue to connect informal and formal learning in and out of school.” If valued, they might also inspire students to accomplish new tasks.

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CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: Recognizing Non-formal and Informal Learning

Is there a way in which workers with experience could have a way of demonstrating their skills and knowledge that didn't involve taking a class or getting a degree? There are some recent experiments along these lines in the U.S. economy, but it turns out that several other countries have already developed processes for recognizing non-formal and informal learning. Jeff Selingo, who is editorial director of the Chronicle of Higher Education, tackled the question of whether colleges might lose their near-monopoly power over anointing people with job credentials in a short article last month.

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What if you earned badges at work instead of job titles?

What if you earned badges at work instead of job titles? | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

What if, instead of singular job titles and promotions, we used "badges" instead. The badges would represent what you've accomplished and what you handle. They would be more granular that one single monolithic job title. Would this be beneficial? Pros? Cons?

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