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Employers Place Stock In Digital Badges

by Amanda Opperman

Forbes

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Are Digital Badges The New Measure Of Mastery?

Across the globe, institutions of higher education and professional organizations are harnessing the power of digital badges to motivate, demonstrate, and verify training. Digital badges are currently in use at postsecondary institutions such as MIT and Yale and organizations such as NASA, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Smithsonian Institution.

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If You Can’t Beat Them…

LinkedIn, the social network that emerged as a new way of connecting employers with potential job candidates, has also been largely behind the growth in the use of digital badges to denote skill attainment. These badges are increasingly being recognized by employers as legitimate indications of competencies and are becoming more common as a means of measuring educational achievement, even in some of the most prestigious universities. What does this trend mean for your school system or university?

They say “if you can’t beat them, join them.” That may certainly be the case for colleges and universities as digital badges become a more prevalent and popular means of signifying competency achievement. Many universities, like MIT and Yale, and organizations outside of education, are already offering certificates and digital badges across a wide range of subject areas. Colleges, and K-12 institutions, are also finding innovative ways to partner with businesses to deliver education in new ways to meet growing demand and ensure the attainment of critical competencies.

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