The Chronicle of Higher Eduction takes a look at this rising popularity of “Open Badges” for certification. MIT has been an active supporter, as well as the MacArthur Foundation, but according to the Chronicle,
But the biggest push for badges is coming from industry and education reformers, rather than from traditional educational institutions.
This time it’s not coming from the traditional or for-profit side. Rather this is taking the form of a movement spanning self-directed learners and the companies who hire them.
- In the Digital Age, How Much Is Informal Education Worth? (pbs.org)
- MIT Will Offer Certificates to Outside Students Who Take Its Online Courses – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education (bskluger.wordpress.com)
- Mozilla Aims to ‘Iconize’ Skills with Standardized ‘Merit Badges’ (readwriteweb.com)