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October 6, 2011 / NextStepU

Digital Badges- the future of higher ed?

I am always interested in learning about college alternatives.

In today’s job market, most employers expect young professionals to carry some degree of higher education on their resume. I came across this article on digital badges, a 21st century approach to higher learning. Students earn online badges by cashing in on workplace experiences, certifications, training, and varying degrees of traditional college. Badges can be awarded from companies, community organizations, professional groups, colleges, etc.  When it’s time to enter the working world, employers can view your badges and evaluate your credentials. And like any good Eagle Scout, the more badges you accumulate, the more skilled you appear! With rising costs in college tuition and more employers looking for specific skills that may not be outlined via a traditional degree, digital badges may represent the future of higher education.

What do you think?

Get the skinny on digital badges here-


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