Author: Deb Everhart

How Open Standards Power Digital Credentials

Learners Expect Credentials with Market Value

Many educational institutions are responding to shifts in the market that increase the number of people seeking digital credentials, rather than traditional degrees, for professional development. Adult learners in particular are attracted to innovative credentials as ways to get the education they need for job and career advancement more efficiently. Credentials such as certificates and badges can generally be achieved more flexibly than a 2- or 4-year degree, in a shorter amount of time, and with more targeted results. Learners’ demands for credentials with specific employment value call attention not only to Read More…


The Credential Registry: How Open Standards Benefit All Stakeholders

What makes a credential valuable? How does that value vary for different stakeholders, including learners, higher education institutions and employers? What constitutes quality, and how are credentials connected to each other and to opportunities for the people who have earned them?

Credentials Drive the Knowledge Economy

Credentials have rapidly evolved in recent years to meet the needs of our knowledge economy. By 2020, 65% of jobs will require postsecondary education or training. But the lack of transparency and comparability among credentials is causing confusion and mistrust that inhibit the development of valuable ecosystems among stakeholders. Individuals don’t know Read More…


Badges for Modulary Learning Achievements

Could achievement badges be the motivation your students need? One of the common causes of learners’ lack of motivation and failure to complete is a failure to understand why the learning activities are valuable. Are learners in your courses asking themselves:

    Why am I doing this?
    When will I be done?
    Why does this matter?
If they are, they might also be coming to conclusions like:
    I’d rather spend my time on something else.
    I’m not going to make it to the end—I can’t even see where the end is.
    This doesn’t matter to me.

Badges Boost Student Motivation

One way of addressing these problematic perspectives is to Read More…