Disrupting the Diploma | Educomunicación | Scoop.it

How updating the communication device known as a “diploma” will help students acquire the right skills and help companies hire the right talent. 

Typically, we don’t think of diplomas as a “technology.” But they are. Economists often speak of their“signalling” value. Equipped with a diploma, a job-seeker broadcasts numerous positive attributes to potential employers: Perseverance, self-governance, competence in at least one area.

Employers, in turn, use diplomas as screening mechanisms. If you don't have a diploma, you don't get an interview. According to the New YorkTimes, even employers looking for receptionists and file clerks require a bachelor’s degree these days. “When you get 800 résumés for every job ad, you need to weed them out somehow,” an executive recruiter told the newspaper.

So a diploma is essentially a communications device that signals a person’s readiness for certain jobs.

But unfortunately it’s a dumb, static communication device with roots in the 12 century.

That needs to change.

 


Via Ilkka Olander