Badges Digital Credentials
Get Recognition for Skills You Learn Anywhere
You’re skilled in a particular competency but how do you prove it to an employer? For most of recent history that’s been the college degree. But increasingly employers are looking for more proof. Badges, or digital credentials, are a digital certificate of an achievement, performance, skills, or qualities.
We believe in a future where everyone receives and proudly displays digital credentials. In the future, you’re likely to receive digital credentials for college courses you complete, certifications you earn, and degrees that are conferred. In the future, digital credentials will be issued, displayed, shared, validated, and controlled by well-respected institutions of higher learning and assessment. Colleges and universities across the country may accept some of these credentials as a valid demonstration, awarding you college credit towards your degree as well. Credentials will have a big impact on the future, and we’re already seeing it now.
Mozilla Open Badge Movement
credential.me is a strong supporter of the Mozilla Open Badge movement. According to Mozilla, “Open Badges use a shared technical standard to help recognize your skills and achievements. Badges help make them count towards your education, career and lifelong learning.”
Former President Bill Clinton is teaming up with the MacArthur Foundation and Mozilla to support the Open Badges project. The collective has committed to scaling the program to assist 1-million students and 1-million workers by 2016. DePaul University in Chicago has already begun to accept certain badges as college credit.
An article from EdSurge gives a detailed look at Open Badges: “The badges cover a broad breadth of skills–anything from video editing to EMT training–whether they are learned in a classroom or self-taught, and are useful to both students applying for college and prospective workers applying for jobs.”
Stand Out From the Crowd
Although digital credentials and badges are still a relatively new concept, they are already being used by some students to “stand out from the crowd” by validating skills, abilities, qualities, and achievements to colleges, employers, and peers.
It’s not hard to imagine a future world where every course you complete or degree you earn would be proudly announced on Facebook or Twitter with a link to your official digital certificate or badge. Especially in a world where support for badges is coming from some of the most powerful decision and opinion makers, like the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action and the Lumina Foundation.
Life Experience Counts Too
Have you ever thought that the skills you possess can translate across one industries, but had difficulty proving it? This is especially true for military veterans. Credentials, like the ones credential.me will offer, help veterans, career switchers, and experienced workers prove their competencies.
“Veterans transitioning to civilian life who have high-demand skills but no certifications, Internet ‘ninjas’ who are technically adept but self-taught, and child care workers who have years of experience but no formal degree can all benefit from Open Badges, which provides an alternative and more in-depth method to demonstrate new knowledge and skills,” said Connie Yowell, Director of Education at the MacArthur Foundation. “Meanwhile, Open Badges gives employers a new way to assess critical but hard-to-measure skills such as creativity, communication, teamwork, and adaptability.”
Growing Support for Badges
Other organizations have pledged their own support for digital credentials such as the “Information Technology Industry Council, which is the leading policy and advocacy organization for many of the world’s best-known innovation companies, and DePaul University, the largest Catholic university in the nation and the largest private educational institution in Chicago, each pledged Thursday to incorporate badges in their credentialing, hiring, or admissions processes.”
In 2012 a New York Times article titled “Show Me Your Badge” spotlighted a Purdue University course that gave a digital badge. “A digital badge (is) a new type of credential being developed by some of the most prominent businesses and learning organizations in the world, including Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, the University of California, the Smithsonian, Intel and Disney-Pixar.”
Check back with credential.me over the coming months as we will start to add digital credentials that you can gain.