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9 reasons why badges are better than degrees - eCampus News

9 reasons why badges are better than degrees - eCampus News | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Those who once said that digital badges are great ‘supplements’ to a traditional degree are now argue that digital badges are a better alternative.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Some good thoughts and links here. Recommended by Jim Morrisson.

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Trend— UC Davis's groundbreaking digital badge system could scale well, plays well with regular grading

Trend— UC Davis's groundbreaking digital badge system could scale well, plays well with regular grading | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Sheryl Grant, an expert on badges ... said the badging work done by Normoyle and others at UC-Davis is the most interesting she’s seen in higher education. Grant has helped administer30 badging projects that won a contest and received support from the Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 


“They really are solving for something that the current credential system is not doing,” says Grant, adding that Normoyle and company are doing so without “upsetting the apple cart” by tossing out the degree.


Grant predicts that UC-Davis’s approach is one other colleges will copy. That’s because, she says, they used a rigorous process to create a badging system grounded in the values of the institution, faculty, students and employers.


The end result, Grant says, is a “data visualization and recommendation system” that is “going to scale really well.”

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Not everybody is sold on badges, however. One reason is that anyone can award one, raising questions about quality control.

Peter Stokes is executive director of postsecondary innovation in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. He’s supportive of the concept behind badges, and thinks there are no real technical obstacles to making them work. But Stokes remains skeptical of badges having a major impact on higher education, at least for now.


“The big challenge with the badge is to create currency in the market,” Stokes says.

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