To badge, or not to badge?

A post today from work at UC-Sand Diego on micro-credentialing.  Up to now most have called it “alternative credentialing,” but this article suggests renaming ‘badges’ as “micro-credentialing”.

As we progress in reviewing the current General Education program, one element we are seeing more of is the micro-credential, or skills-based ‘badging’.  The underlying concept is that the granting of a Bachelor’s degree is a unitary item, one that does not represent or communicate the many particular skills that comprise the degree.  By breaking credentials out into skill-relative components, we allow better analysis – and improvement – of the skills and proficiencies we want from students.

Is micro-credentialing the future of higher education?  If so, as the author points out better defined skill-specific outcomes and assessment mechanisms will be necessary.

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