Will the real digital learning badge please stand up?

Will the real digital learning badge please stand up?

For more than a decade now, higher ed has been waiting for “the” badge system that employers finally recognize for the proven mastery of alternative credentials and competencies. Mozilla seemed to be leading the charge a decade ago. Today, many feel LinkedIn is probably the closest. But instead of waiting for a tech company to figure it out for us, reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Collaborative of Leaders in Academia and Business (CoLAB), made up of 12 universities and 14 companies, have joined up to create a new “generalist digital-technology credential”.

These technology employers are coming to the table, and clarifying what they need from our graduates. And these progressive institutions are building those competencies directly into their existing certificate and degree programs, so the student earns both their credential and this alternative badge.

The takeaway? Higher ed is learning that this kind of badging system is only as effective as the employers who will make hiring decisions based on it, and finally has the right group at the table to get some speed behind this badging system. And some say higher ed isn’t innovating…those people clearly don’t know the real higher ed.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.