"Traditional colleges have been mostly on the sidelines for the early development of online microcredentials or badges -- the kind that aren't linked to conventional courses and the credit hour. Educational technology companies and other alternative providers have taken the lead in working with employers on these skills-based credentials.
A new prototype from a group of seven brand-name universities could change that."
Tentatively dubbed the University Learning Store, the project involves:
- the Georgia Institute of Technology,
- Northwestern University,
- the University of Washington,
- the University of California’s Davis, Irvine and Los Angeles campuses, and
- the University of Wisconsin Extension.
Officials at Wisconsin Extension, which is playing a prominent role in the work, described it as a joint online platform that will feature modular content, skills assessments and student-facing services, such as tutors, coaches and counselors.