While it’s often pushed today at the undergraduate level, the promise of credentialing, or “badging” as also called, is significant.
The Roosevelt Institute released a report with guidelines for effective credentialing. The three parts of their wishlist are:
- Learner control: An ideal infrastructure for credentials management would place the learner, not thirdparty companies or educational institutions, at the center of the process and in control of her professional and educational identity.
- Portability: Learners/workers need the ability to share and translate their credentials from one context to another and to represent them in different combinations for different audiences.
- Verifiability: We need better ways of verifying the source and authenticity of new credentials. This is a fundamental aspect of increasing trust in novel forms of credentials and assessments based on big data.
The drumbeat continues to get louder: portable and comparable skills-based assessment is a 21st Century need for advanced degree graduates. What would you like to see in a credential-based transcript?