Threats & Opportunities“Who needs a university anymore?”“Employers look at degrees because it’s a quick way toevaluate all 300 people who apply for a job. But as soon asthere’s some other mechanism that can play that role aswell as a degree, the jig is up on the monopoly of degrees.” David Wiley
Threats & Opportunities• What if higher ed lost its grip on the credential business? Huffington Post, September 23, 2011• Forget the college degree, earn digital badges instead CBS Moneywatch, October 3, 2011• Credentials, the next generation New York Times, November 4, 2011• Badges earned online pose challenge to traditional college diplomas Chronicle of Higher Education, January 8, 2012• Digital badges threaten colleges’ monopoly on college credentials US News, January 20, 2012• Why get a pricey diploma when badges tell employers more? Forbes, January 26, 2012• Beyond the college degree, online educational badges New York Times, March 4, 2012 www.scoop.it/badges-for-lifelong-learning
Threats & Opportunities“Institutions will always try to preserve theproblem to which they are the solution.” –Clay Shirky
Threats & Opportunities“Institutions will always try to preserve theproblem to which they are the solution.” –Clay Shirky vs.
Potential for BadgesConversations and Collections: o Badges in Higher Ed Group on HASTAC.org o Questions about badges in higher ed o Badges for Lifelong Learning on Scoop.it o Badges and higher ed articles on Scoop.it o Mozilla’s Open Badges o #dmlbadges and #openbadges on Twitter
Potential for BadgesReading:• Not just degrees• Colleges use digital badges to replace traditional grading• Seven things you should know about badges• A future full of badges
Potential for BadgesPlatforms: o ForAllBadges* o Badg.us* o BadgeStack* o Purdue Passport* o BadgeForge o Youtopia o P2PU