The road to open badges and microcredentials

Open badges and microcredentials with their focus on competency-based recognition rather than time spent learning will become important foundations for rebuilding our economy and equipping people with the skills of the future.

Open badges and microcredentials with their focus on competency-based recognition rather than time spent learning will become important foundations for rebuilding our economy and equipping people with the skills of the future. They won’t help institutions to figure out what should be in a course but they standardise a way of displaying it with key metadata including links to evidence.

The highly visual nature of open badges, especially when designed well, gives more faith to future employers on the skills of the badge recipient.

Its still a confusing field.

The following article is a great overview for educators looking to for a practical understanding of this emerging field and ecosystem.

http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/4529

Kyle Clements, Western Governors University

Richard Edward West, Brigham Young University

Enoch Hunsaker, Brigham Young University

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