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Podcast: Martha J. Kanter and Jonathan Finkelstein on Digital Badges for Learning | BadgeStack Project

Podcast: Martha J. Kanter and Jonathan Finkelstein on Digital Badges for Learning | BadgeStack Project | Badges for Lifelong Learning | Scoop.it

Jonathan Finkelstein, founder of LearningTimes and director of the BadgeStack Project, recently spoke to Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

 

The discussion turned towards digital badges and the role they can play in education and workforce development. Finkelstein asked Kanter to think ahead five or ten years to paint a picture of what the learning and working landscape would look like if individuals were to commonly earn and use badges to pick up and showcase knowledge and skills. Kanter offered an animated response, and made one of the best cases to date by a policy maker (or by anyone, for that matter) for the potential of microcredentials. She also connected the value of badges to President Obama’s goal of every American having at least one year of postsecondary education or training.

The conversation aired as part of the Innovators Spotlight, an online event event recognizing the achievements of the League for Innovation in the Community College award winners.

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Exploring Technology in Many Dimensions | Alliance for Excellent Education

Both high schools and community college are offering students the opportunity to earn industry credential and certificates that are valuable in the marketplace. Here at the Alliance, we’re interested in anything that improves the life chances for students, especially low-income students, who are so often less likely to go to college and have a chance at good jobs that allow financial growth. The more access students have to tools that give them a personalized educational experience, relevant learning that leads to employment, and rigorous content, the more likely we will be to improve graduation and college-going rates and improve the economic and social well-being of our nation. We’ll be following the Competition carefully and will be excited to see the results!

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